On October 20, 2017, Camerata Chicago Orchestra
will be performing Vivaldi and Bach at the Gary Methodist Church
here in Wheaton. We are more than honored to collaborate and partner with Camerata Chicago Orchestra to create a dinner and orchestra package that will make for a lovely night out for local couples.
Before the 7:30pm performance, we invite you to the restaurant to enjoy our "Veuve & Vivaldi"
experience. Guests of the restaurant will be invited to experience Veuve Clicquot by the glass (something that is very rarely ever offered by restaurants!) or by the bottle. It’s a lovely way to toast to Vivaldi the night before Sweetest Day.
You will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets to the Camerata Chicago Orchestra event at 50% off—we encourage you to reserve tickets when you call to make a reservation or pick up tickets beforehand—and if weather is cooperative, you can walk to Gary Methodist Church and take full advantage of our complimentary valet service.
Prior to Music Director Drostan Hall
leading the talented ensemble, the Mayor of Wheaton Mike Gresk
will say a few words at the concert. Plus, the just-retired Vice President of WFMT radio station Steve Robinson
will recite some romantic poetry.
Now that we have the event details mentioned, let’s talk about Antonio Vivaldi. Best known for his concerto The Four Seasons, Vivaldi also has led quite an interesting life:
Watch this video
- It all started on the day he was born, March 4, 1678, right before a massive earthquake rattled Venice. It is believed that Vivaldi was immediately baptized for people feared God had plans to destroy the city completely.
- In 1703, at the age of 25, Vivaldi became an ordained priest and later that year a teacher and the maestro di violino at an orphanage called Ospedale della Pietà. While there, the music he composed was for the female music ensemble. During his 30-year span as an instructor and maestro, he composed most of his major works at this orphanage.
- Vivaldi wrote a lot of sound effects in his music as can clearly be heard in his Four Seasons. This is one of the reasons it’s such a famous piece. Vivaldi used a lot of sequences of notes repeated in different keys, which is very appealing to the ear. The violin soloist does this in the Four Seasons.
- Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos, almost half of which are for violin, in addition to composing over 46 operas. Even though some of his music is lost, new pieces keep being discovered all the time.
- Bach was a great fan of Vivaldi’s was inspired so much that he used various Vivaldi formulae in his music.
- Additional Event Details:
- Concertmaster Mathias Tacke, formerly of the Vermeer String Quartet and Amelia, who was featured on WFMT’s Introductions radio show last year, will perform the Bach double violin concerto.
- After the performance, attendees will be given a delicious parting gift of Graham’s Fine Chocolate!
- Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will be performed by 16-year-old virtuoso violinist, Amelia Piscitelli.
of Amelia performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago Orchestra in 2016 and get an idea of just how immeasurably talented this young violinist is.
To secure your table and tickets for this event, please contact us at (630) 665-2489.
To learn more about Camerata Chicago Orchestra we invite you to visit their website, HERE