Sunday Baroque Listings: April 16, 2017
Music was NOT the original career Antonio Vivaldi trained to pursue. He studied for the priesthood and was even ordained, but within the first year, he gave up his church responsibilities to pursue music instead: teaching, performing, and composing. You’ll hear some of the Redheaded Priest’s exhilarating sacred music for Easter on Sunday Baroque this weekend.
Throughout history flowers have taken on a wide range of symbolism, such as Easter lilies, Christmas poinsettias and Valentine’s red roses. The spring flower Ranunculus is a type of buttercup, and is nicknamed the “resurrection plant,” and the summer Poppy is a symbol of sleep, death, and resurrection. Ranunculus and Poppy are two of the blossoms in Sunday Baroque’s Easter bouquet of music this weekend.
Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse was a Leipzig hangout for musicians and music lovers in the early 18th century. Johann Sebastian Bach and a group of students and other local musicians played there for a few hours every week, not really a concert – more like an “open rehearsal” or jam session. This week on Sunday Baroque, a contemporary performing group called Café Zimmerman plays one of Bach’s Concertos.
The American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote that, "April comes like an idiot, babbling and stewing flowers." But the 17th century composer Christopher Simpson put a much more positive spin on the month with his APRIL Fantasia. You’ll hear it this weekend on Sunday Baroque