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Fall Arts Celebration: The Baroque Splendor of Venice: Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' in Dance

Fall Arts Celebration: The Baroque Splendor of Venice: Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' in Dance

Monday, October 22, 2012
8:00 PM

Grand Valley State University Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus. Prelude Cook Carillon performance from 7:20-7:50 p.m.

Fall Arts Celebration, Music & Dance

The exuberance of Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," as performed by celebrated violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine, will be coupled with the athleticism of modern dance by Thodos Dance Chicago in this unique multi-media interpretation set by Shawn T Bible, Grand Valley faculty artist choreographer.

Pine performs on one of the most rare and valuable violins in the world, the ex-Soldat, made in 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu. Guest artists from Thodos Dance will highlight the event and open the performance with one of their own works. Founded by Melisa Thodos in 1992, ensemble members are noted for their achievement as performers, educators and choreographers - a rather unique combination in the national dance community. Two Grand Valley senior dance students will join the ensemble for this performance.

Music of the Baroque period is generally seen as encompassing new and greater levels of expression, with composers seeking to highlight contrast on several different planes: between loud and soft and between solo and tutti. This led inevitably to the rise of instrumental virtuosity seen clearly in the great concerti of Vivaldi, including his beloved 1725 four-concerto set, "The Four Seasons."

In this iconic work, from his opus 8 set of 12 concerti entitled "Il cimento dellarmonia e dellinvenzione (The Test of Harmony and Invention)," Vivaldi portrays each season of the year as unique, while deftly illustrating that cimento in this instance suggests a particularly difficult test, one involving an element of great virtuosic risk.

Performance will be followed by a reception. All Fall Arts Celebration events are free and open to the public. Seats fill quickly; arrive early. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/fallarts, call (616) 331-2180.

Grand Valley State University thanks the following sponsors for their commitment to the arts and their generous support of Fall Arts Celebration 2012: Ginny Gearhart and the Gearhart Family, Liesel and Hank Meijer, Elaine and Larry Shay, Judy and Peter Theune, John R. Hunting, Allendale Greatest Needs Fund of the Allendale Community Foundation, and Media Sponsor WOOD 106.9 FM & 1300 AM.