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Published: 11/6/2013 - Updated: 5 months ago

PEACH WEEKENDER

Music: Symphony to offer 2 takes on Four Seasons

BY SALLY VALLONGO
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

The peasant celebrates with song and dance the harvest safely gathered in.

The cup of Bacchus flows freely, and many find their relief in sleep.

For the ingenious and hard-working composer Antonio Vivaldi, this timely couplet was one of four sonnets he penned as inspiration for what would become his most performed work of all time, the Four Seasons.

Like the couplet, the Four Seasons — a quartet of concerti for solo violin and orchestra — were one segment of a larger, 12-work Opus 8 written in 1725 for the Venetian orphanage where Vivaldi (1678-1741) was employed most of his adult life.

The Four Seasons took off internationally shortly after its publication and has enjoyed generations of fans for nearly 300 years. Indeed, the lively and emphatic melodies have inspired many other works of music over the ensuing centuries.

In the adventuresome spirit of the Toledo Symphony’s 70th anniversary season, the next Classics Series program will pair a spin-off piece with the original.

In 8 p.m. concerts Nov. 15 and 16 in the Peristyle, the symphony and concertmaster Kirk Toth with principal second violin Merwin Siu, will perform the Vivaldi classic plus Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla’s also popular Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Moreover, to play upon the tango rhythms which infuse the Piazzolla work the symphony will bring in professional dancers from the Ballroom Company, Gil Aromas, Jacki and Erin Myrice, Nicole Nieves and David McVicker, to tango the night away.

The program arrangement will start with Vivaldi’s Spring section, move to Summer in Buenos Aires, and work its way around the musical calendar. Tickets are $20-$55 at 419-246-8000 or toledosymphony.com.

Teen singers will be in the spotlight at 7 p.m. Saturday for the first performance by the University of Toledo High School Honors Choir in Doermann Theatre. Run by Stephen Hodge, UT choral faculty member, the group is in its 17th year. Some 120 singers from 20 area high schools participate in this festival of choral music.

The festival culminates with the free concert. Guest conductor will be Richard Mathey, professor emeritus, Bowling Green State University.

More UT musical offerings will feature faculty pianist Robert Ballinger in a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery.

On the program of this free concert will be four impromptus by Schubert; the Prophet Bird of Robert Schumann with Debussy preludes and the Goyescas of Granados. Also planned will be Rossini's La Regatta Veneziana (a Liszt transcription) and waltzes by Chopin.

The Toledo School for the Arts announces two public concerts this week. First will be a free chamber concert for strings and chorus at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St. T. A choreography showcase is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ohio Theatre. 2915 Lagrange Street. Tickets are $4-6 at the door.

The Defiance College Schomburg Series will present the acoustic children’s group, Trout Fishing in America, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium on campus. If you can say “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers,” you will probably enjoy their folksy style. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Pemberville Opera House will bring the energy and spirit of Colombian music performed by Andes Manta to town in a 7 p.m. concert Saturday in the historic town hall. Fernando, Luis, Bolivar, and Jorge Lopez will play on 35 traditional instruments and sing centuries-old music in this event, which has support from the Ohio Arts Council. The concert is free.

The Fayette Opera House will present the barbershop group Commanders of Harmony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Commanders are the performing chorus of the Maumee Valley Chapter, Barbershop Harmony Society. For tickets, call 419-237-3111.

The Toledo Piano Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd., to hear Rebecca Herrold, Barbara Harris, and Denis Hauden speak on motivational repertoire. The meeting is free.

Send News of Music items to svallongo@theblade.com at least two weeks in advance.



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