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Great Masters Series - "Vivaldi A Due Voci"

This year’s series celebrates renowned composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Born March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy, the son of a violinist, he was trained as a priest. Vivaldi was ordained in 1703, but left the priesthood soon after due to health complications. His reputation began with trios sonatas, violin sonatas and L’estro armonico, his first publications. Vivaldi also had a great interest in vocal music, including sacred works written for his pupils and operas. Known as the Venetian composer, Antonio Vivaldi died in Vienna in July of 1741.

On March 11, at 2 pm, the Museum will host a recital of arias, motets and duets by Eileen Mager and Isola Jones. Mezzo-soprano Isola Jones, a native of Chicago, has sung over 500 performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, including the title role of Carmen with Placido Domingo. Ms. Jones sings opera and concerts all over the world, and most recently with the Phoenix Symphony. Soprano Eileen Mager has been performing in the Valley for the past sixteen years. Her considerable repertoire ranges from opera to jazz, Broadway to folk music, and she sings in 15 languages. She is a member and soloist in Cantemus. Ms. Mager is the Artistic Director of the 2000/2001 Arizona Vivaldi Festival.

These events are open to the public and free of charge.

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