Vivaldi / Pärt


Sunday, November 11, 2018 3pm • Sanders Theatre


ANTONIO VIVALDI, Magnificat (RV 610)
ARVO PÄRT, Adam’s Lament
PÄRT, Magnificat 
VIVALDI, Gloria (RV 589)

Dana Varga, soprano
Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano

Join us for a glorious adventure of musical contrasts and intersections – Baroque/Contemporary, virtuosic/minimalist, exuberant/profound.  Experience consonance, dissonance and tintinnabulation, as two great composers explore the extremes of human suffering and heavenly exaltation.

The juxtaposition of Magnificats show us just how differently composers can spin music to express words. Antonio Vivaldi brings out the oppositions the Magnificat text over turns – Lord and handmaiden, mighty and humble, rich and poor – with rich dramatic textures and expressive detail.  Arvo Pärt's spare, almost ascetic lines evoke the ethereal and human planes.

Adam’s Lament, an extraordinary late work by the visionary Estonian, offers a deeply humane portrait of Adam, mourning the loss of Eden, the murder of Abel by Cain, and generations of division and strife to follow. Coro’s performance is dedicated to Matthew Shepard, on the 20th anniversary of his death, and the centennial of the end of the first World War.

Pairing it with the Vivaldi Gloria frames that beloved masterwork in a fresh way, as a call for peace after division – whose contrasts of leaping octaves, intimate stepwise gestures, choral affirmations, and contrapuntal splendors invoke a yearned for unity.

Coro Allegro’s previous performances of Pärt have been praised as “deeply moving,” holding “the audience rapt for many long seconds before anyone dared to break the silence with applause” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). The concert will feature the “stunning voice” of soprano Dana Varga and the “warm” “arresting” and “rich-toned” singing of mezzo soprano Margaret Lias.