Beyond the Four Seasons


Friday, October 9, 2015 - 20:00
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 16:00
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 14:00
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Works of Vivaldi

Nature in its various manifestations and through its impact on human activity at once fascinated and inspired that great Venetian conjurer, Vivaldi. Apart from the famous Seasons, storms, birds, frost, the hunt, and rustic revelry can be found in a good number of his concertos and vocal music. Experience the exhilaration of the tempest as well as the joys nature also bestows in this opening concert of Arion’s 35th Season, expressed by the moving voice of Mireille Lebel, the eloquent violin of Enrico Onofri, and the sensitive flute of Claire Guimond.


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Vivaldi and the Musicians of the della Pièta Orphanage
A well known fact, Vivaldi was in Venice for more than thirty years the master of music of the Ospedale della Pietà, renowned throughout Europe for the musical virtuosity of many of its orphans. But who where these women with exceptional talents who Vivaldi trained and for whom he composed most of his religious music and a great part of his multitude of concertos for violin and other diverse instruments? That is what Guy Marchand proposes to discover with the help of excerpts from a magnificent documentary founded on the works of a musicologist who has devoted her life to retracing theirs.
Guy Marchand

Lutenist and trained musicologist, Guy Marchand is a lecturer at the Sherbrooke University School of Music.

*The lecture will be given in French.

Concert program

Concerto Alla rustica  in G for strings and continuo RV 151            Listen here

Gelido in ogni vena, aria from Farnace     Listen here

Motet for mezzo-soprano, strings and continuo, Sum in medio tempestatum RV 632       Listen here

Aria Sum in medio tempestatum – Rec Quid ergo

Aria Semper maesta – Alleluja

Concerto in D for flute, strings and continuo ‘Il Gardellino” F. VI no. 14       Listen here

Concerto in E for violin, strings and continuo Op. VIII n. 1 La Primavera       Listen here

Concerto in B flat for violin, strings and continuo Op. VIII n. 10 La Caccia        Listen here

Concerto in E flat for violin, strings and continuo Op. VIII n. 5 La Tempesta di mare          Listen here

Guest Artist(s)

Claire Guimond

Claire Guimond

Claire Guimond is a leading baroque flautist, recognised first in Canada and now well established on the world scene. She is a founding member and artistic director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, with which she has frequently toured in North and So...

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Mireille Lebel

Mireille Lebel

Canadian mezzo−soprano Mireille Lebel grew up in Vancouver and studied music at the University of Toronto and the University of Montreal. Following her studies she was awarded major grants by the Canada Council and the J. Desmarais Foundation and&n...

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