JAMESTOWN - On Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., the community is invited to a concert at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The highlight of the concert will be a performance of Vivaldi's famous "Gloria." The church choir has worked hard to prepare for this performance and excited to share it with community members. St. Luke's director of music Andy Schmidt will be conducting. Former director of music Ronald McEntire will be accompanying on the organ and will be joined by Mitchell Alpaugh on harpsichord and Margaret Williams on violin. Soloists will be Cathy Covarrubias, Elisabeth Rankin, Ruth Walton and Catherine Way.
The concert will also feature Canticle I (for organ) by Daniel Gawthrop, played by Andy Schmidt, and Canticle II "Abraham & Isaac" by Benjamin Britten with James Beal, tenor and Michelle Buhite, soprano.
Admission is free. An offering will be taken to benefit music ministries at St. Luke's and a reception will follow the concert.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678 - July 28, 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, priest and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, most famously "The Four Seasons," as well as sacred choral works and more than 40 operas. Many of his compositions, including the "Gloria," were written for the female music ensemble of the home for abandoned children where Vivaldi worked from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740.
St. Luke's is located at the corner of North Main and Fourth streets in Jamestown. There is parking on street and in a lot off of Potter's Alley. There is an elevator which can be accessed at the Fourth Street entrance. For more information, call 483-6405.