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AROUND AND ABOUT MUSIC: Philharmonia Baroque Plays & Sings Vivaldi's Surviving Oratorio

By Ken Bullock
Saturday April 05, 2014 - 09:53:00 AM

Philharmonia Baroque, led by music director Nicholas McGegan, will perform Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio, Juditha triumphans, with an extraordinary all-female cast, the full Philharmonia Chorale, led by Bruce LaMott, and an impressive array of baroque instruments, including viols, recorders, two theorbos, and chaulumeaux, this Saturday and Sunday evenings at the First Congregational Church. 

Soprano Dominique Labelle and four mezzo-sopranos--Cécile van de Sant, Viveca Genaux, Diana Moore and Virginia Warnken--will sing the story of Judith's triumph over Holofernes to save her city, composed by Vivaldi to celebrate a Venetrian victory over the Ottomans, the only oratorio of Vivaldi's to come down to us of the four he's known to have composed. 

Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7:30, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana near Durant). $25-$95.