The Vivaldi Project to perform at Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College will host a performance by The Vivaldi Project at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, in Memorial Chapel. Following the concert, members of the ensemble will answer questions about their performance.

Elizabeth Field (left) and Stephanie Vial, of The Vivaldi Project
Elizabeth Field (left) and Stephanie Vial, of The Vivaldi Project

The Vivaldi Project is an all-women period instrument ensemble dedicated to presenting a 17th- and 18th-century string repertoire. Its name refers not only to the group’s core repertoire — the extraordinary works of the virtuoso violinist and composer, Antonio Vivaldi — but also the group’s goal of probing both the roots of Vivaldi’s distinctive musical style, as well as his role as the most influential Italian composer of his generation.

The ensemble is coming to Sweet Briar at the invitation of President Meredith Woo, who is committed to bringing women of consequence to perform and speak at Sweet Briar. “The Vivaldi Project is simply ingenious,” Woo said. “With brilliant research and scholarship, and extraordinary performance, they bring to life an important period in history. This is artistic innovation at its best, and I hope our students interested in baroque and classical periods and beyond will learn much from the trio.”

The performance is supported by the generous gift of an anonymous donor to Sweet Briar College and is free and open to the public. Because there is limited seating in Memorial Chapel, the College asks that attendees reserve their seats by picking up their tickets in advance at the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center on campus (for off-campus visitors) or in the Office of Student Life (for Sweet Briar community members). For more information, please call Amy Ostroth at 434-381-6330.

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