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Corona Strings perform Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla

Saturday February 24, 2018 at 19:30
St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford
£20 (£17), £15 (£12), (£5 full-time students and under 18s)
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  1. Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi
  2. Les cuatro estaciones portenas, 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires' - Astor Piazzolla

Heralding Spring 2018, Corona Strings’ show-stopping programme juxtaposes performances of Vivaldi’s famously spirited Baroque masterpiece, ‘The Four Seasons’, with Piazzolla’s own individual take on the subject – the ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’.

Four soloists from Corona Baroque Ensemble will take centre stage in a period instrument performance of Vivaldi’s famous suite, under leader Miranda Walton. The same players then change instruments to be joined by the full Corona Strings ensemble under their leader, Catherine Leach, and by violin soloist, David le Page, to perform Piazzolla’s colourful and rhythmic interpretation of the same name.

Known for his eclectic approach to performing, le Page appears regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader and has formed a number of his own groups. He is leader of the Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan and appears regularly at St John the Evangelist.

“Within Corona Strings we have a strong group of Baroque players who will be performing Vivaldi on authentic instruments”, explained conductor, Janet Lincé, “thereby giving our audience an even broader contrast with Piazzolla's great response to the same theme.”

“We aim to offer a platform for exciting soloists”, she added, “and are especially delighted that violin soloist, David Le Page, will be joining us for this programme, who will be familiar to audiences at SJE from his many fine performances there.”

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) composed his Four Seasons between 1965 and 1970, originally for an unusual combination of violin, piano, electric guitar, double bass and bandoneon. Combining jazz, and tango from his native Argentina, and fusing it with classical and 20th century influences, listeners will recognise the composer quoting directly from Vivaldi’s work of the same name.

St John’s Church, Iffley Road, Oxford provides a warm and comfortable venue with a superb acoustic for these vibrant and atmospheric works.

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St John the Evangelist Church
109A Iffley Road
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