The Victoria Children’s Choir performed Vivaldi’s beloved “Gloria” under the gifted hand of violinist Marc Destrubé and the Pacific Baroque Festival Ensemble on Saturday, February 9 at Alix Goolden Hall. The choir has a long history of bringing baroque music to its audiences, and has been a part of the Pacific Baroque Festival for more than 10 years.
Vivaldi’s Gloria was discovered among several volumes of church music under a pile of manuscripts in the late 1920’s. This work didn’t receive its first modern-day performance until 1939 and was presented in a heavily-altered version by the Italian composer Alfred Casella; he added instruments and cut sections in what he referred to as an elaborazione. The first publication and performance of the original version we know today was not given until 1957 in New York City. Although it is often sung by a mixed voice choir and separate vocal soloists, the fact that the solo sections only call for soprano and alto voices suggests that it was written for performance by the girls at the Ospedale where Vivaldi was charged with the musical education of orphaned girls. Our performance with the Victoria Children’s Choir and soloists from within the choir, brought us much closer to the sound and spirit of a performance in Venice almost 300 years ago.
The Victoria Children’s Choir was pleased to also perform in the opening night concert for the Pacific Baroque Festival series on Thursday Feb 7 at 8:00 pm in Christ Church Cathedral. The small ensemble was made up of some of our Concert Choir singers who collaborated with the world-renowned young organist, John Walthausen and the St Christopher Singers to present Buxtehude’s grandest work for organ, his festive Te Deum.