Voices Young and Old – Shell Point Singers and Edison College Choir to Perform at Barbara B. Mann

FORT MYERS – An intergenerational, synergistic, and musical collaboration may best describe the upcoming concert with The Shell Point Singers and The Edison College Choir. The Shell Point Singers, with 60+ voices directed by Randy Woods, and the Edison College Choir, with 50+ voices directed by Douglas Renfroe, will unite with heart and voice for two performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria.

This concert will be at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Sunday afternoon, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available by calling the Mann box office at 481-4849.

The Gloria, a joyful hymn of praise and supplication, is taken from the ordinary of the Mass. Vivaldi’s setting is for four-part chorus and orchestra with three soloists, two sopranos and one alto. It is divided into twelve contrasted movements, each characterized by its own mood and musical texture yet still managing to preserve a sense of formal coherence. Vivaldi’s major musical contributions have been instrumental works. He produced over 500 concertos, and his vocal works were highly influenced by popular opera where the orchestration plays a predominant role and the choral lines are limited to homophonic passages. Regardless, Gloria displays Vivaldi’s unique compositional style and can be regarded as a fine example of his vocal music.

Accompaniment will be provided by the Edison College Chamber Orchestra and Mary Griffin Seal, continuo.

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