Every week, from January, the Inspiration Project Choir has been meeting in Maleny to get close and personal with the composer of some of the world's most glorious musical masterpieces.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (Italian ( 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741), known as the Red Priest because of his flaming hair and vocation was a superb violinist, who eked out a living as a teacher in order to compose.
Born in Venice, Wikipedia tells us " he is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons."
Vivaldi didn't last very long as a priest; stories of his misadventures abound. One day during Mass, for example, a great tune popped into his head. Without hesitation or apology, he stepped down from the altar and dashed into the next room to get the tune on paper. Vivaldi was brought before a tribunal to determine his punishment: Vivaldi was not allowed to say Mass ever again.
Many of his works were written for a choir comprising the young women inmates of a home for abandoned children. Classic FM tells us "Venetians and their visitors still wanted to be entertained. Vivaldi's all-women orchestras and choirs were legendary sensations, but the girls needed to be protected. To keep them sheltered from the corruption and decadence of the visiting public, the girls sang from the upper galleries of the church, hidden behind the patterned grills, which only added to the theatrical sense of drama matched by Vivaldi's music."
The Inspiration Choir needs no such protection, and are looking forward to their hard work allowing them to do justice to some of the most glorious and inspirational choral work ever written.
The poster shows you where and when to hear Vivaldi in Maleny and Caloundra : mark the 11th and 12th of May in your diary. You will not be disappointed.