The Vivaldi Project, dedicated to presenting truly dramatic performances
of 18th Century ensemble music on period instruments. We do this by presenting
familiar works in new ways: sharing anecdotes about the composer and the
piece, collaborating with other artists including actors and dancers,
adding extra performance elements that give the audience a real insight
into music they thought they knew.
For example, most audience members had not realized that Antonio Vivaldi’s
Four Seasons was inspired by a poem that brilliantly depicts the changing
of the seasons. In our debut performance of the piece, we performed with
a narrator who read the accompanying poem line by line as my musicians
and I demonstrated the corresponding musical effect.
The response was overwhelming. Reactions ranged from “The best version
of that piece I have ever heard” to “You need to copyright that performance!”
Our future projects will include ‘Vivaldi’s School of Roque,’ spotlighting
the composer’s many solo and multi-instrument concerti written for the
young female musicians of the "Ospedale della Pietà" where Vivaldi worked
as the resident composer. We’ll also be doing ‘Masterpieces of Music and
Nature,’ featuring the great sinfonias of C.P.E. Bach, Biber and Corelli.
One of my long- range goals would be to increase the size of the group
enough to perform Haydn Symphonies.
In addition, the work of the Vivaldi Project will include a large educational
component bringing interactive performances into schools and senior and
community centers. And a cornerstone of our mission is a commitment to
offering performances that are either free to the public or as inexpensive
Maestro John Hsu Conducting
The Music of Vivaldi, CPE Bach and Mozart
| Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM
National Presbytarian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016