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    Music Director Teddy Abrams leads the Louisville Orchestra in two of performances, March 6 and 7 at Brown Theatre, of Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Guest artists both nights are four highly regarded young violinists from the Curtis school. With moderately priced tickets ($15+) either night is an ideal family outing. 

    Vivaldi was a well-know and highly Italian composer of the Baroque period. Formally catalogued as Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, “The Four Seasons” is a bold set of four texturally varied violin concertos, that have become a challenge piece for string players. Vivaldi wrote a great number of concerto’s in his lifetime, primarily for violin, since he himself toured often all across Europe as a virtuoso on the instrument. So, you’ll understand the quality of the work when I say “The Four Seasons” is not only Vivaldi’s best-known work, but one of history's most celebrated masterpieces.  

    One way to establish your bonafides as a violinist is to play these solos. For these weekend concerts the piece serves as showcase for the talents of the four guest violinists, each an emerging artist of exceptional talent on tour from Philadelphia's noted Curtis Institute of Music.Each artist will solo individually.

    Even if you think you nothing about classical music, you know this music. The opening statement of the first piece, “Spring,” was the theme music for PBS’s popular and long-running series, “Masterpiece Theater,” from the BBC. Vivaldi composed  these concertos to invoke the personalities of the seasons of the year and nailed them. In my my own humble, but enthusiastic ignorance in light of the expressiveness and range of  “The Four Seasons.”

    Seats are available at this writing for what bodes to be a fantastic concert. This concert includes the music of French composers Maurice Ravel and Jean-Baptiste Lully, along with the 2014 Grawemeyer Award winning piece "On the Guarding of the Heart" by Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. both nights, Brown Theatre, W. Broadway at 4th St. Admission $15. Call for tickets 502-584-7777 or purchase online through www.louisvilleorchestra.org

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