'Gloria' performance set for Sunday
The combined forces of community volunteer singers and instrumentalists will commemorate the 300th anniversary of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, with a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Performing during the afternoon will be the Fredericksburg Community Chorus and the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will benefit the groups.
Jeryl Hoover will direct the chorus and Theresa Britt will be the seated concertmaster for the orchestra. This will be the first time the chorus and Fredericksburg Community Orchestra have combined.
“Thirty-five of our 60 chorus members signed up to do the extra preparation for this major work along with a fall concert and the Singing Christmas Tree later this month,” Hoover said.
Britt is the founding director of the orchestra, now in its seventh year. The orchestra includes instrumentalists from Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Johnson City, Stonewall, Bandera, Ingram and Boerne.
Vivaldi composed the piece from 1715-1717 while he was the music director for an orphanage in Venice. It was lost to the music world until the 1920s. The current version, often performed at Christmas, debuted in 1957.
“It’s a testament to its magnificent quality that this sacred vocal work from the 18th century is an audience favorite in the 21st century,” Britt said.
Also on the program is “Arioso” from Bach Cantata #156 and two vocal works from performed by Hoover.