The UA Collegium Musicum performs regularly at the Arizona Senior Academy. They are pictured here in a recent ASA performance.
The UA Collegium Musicum performs regularly at the Arizona Senior Academy. They are pictured here in a recent ASA performance.

Antonio Vivaldi is well known for his sprightly concertos, most notably the set titled “The Four Seasons.”  Dietrich Buxtehude is primarily known as the revered organist for whom a young Johann Sebastian Bach walked over 200 miles to hear play.  But Vivaldi and Buxtehude composed choral music as well, and that is what will be featured in the Arizona Senior Academy concert by the University of Arizona Collegium Musicum on Tuesday (Nov. 4) at 7:30 p.m.

Vivaldi’s Gloria was written for the choir of the Ospedale della Pieta, an orphanage for girls in Venice where the composer spent most of his career. The intricate style of Vivaldi’s most famous choral work no doubt served as a vehicle to showcase the talents of Vivaldi’s students at the Ospedale.  Buxtehude’s Magnificat is a more intimate work in the style of the Italian composer Giacomo Carissimi.  Also on the program are a cappella motets by English composers Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and Richard Farrant.

Jonathan Kim
Jonathan Kim

The Collegium Musicum is the university’s early music ensemble, whose members include both student and community singers.  This year’s director is doctoral candidate Jonathan Kim.   A native of Los Angeles, Kim earned his undergraduate degree in vocal performance at the University of California Irvine and his master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Notre Dame.  He brings a wealth of performing and conducting background in opera, chamber music, and choral ensembles.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Collegium Musicum to Sing Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’: November 2014
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