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Soloists tell what to listen for in each of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'

Published December 14, 2012 1:35 pm

Vivaldi • The composer's "Four Seasons" will highlight the annual candlelight concert.
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Vivaldi's evergreen set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," has been a concert favorite for nearly 300 years, thanks to the composer's vivid depictions of each season's characteristic weather and other events. The concertos are the centerpiece of this year's Vivaldi by Candlelight concert in Salt Lake City's First Presbyterian Church. The four Utah Symphony violinists who are featured as soloists explain what the audience should listen for in each season.

Lynnette Stewart, Spring • Listen for a barking dog (represented by a viola), a storm and "everything spring brings." "I like starting the sequence," Stewart said. "It's really light and fun and refreshing."

David Langr, Summer • Listen for birdcalls, flies and gnats, a shepherd tending his flock, a distant rumble of thunder and a hailstorm. "It's a great depiction of summer," Langr said. "I love the storms and the wind. Not the bugs so much, but I can deal with them."

Stephanie Cathcart, Autumn • Listen for peasants partying, someone getting drunk, a hunting party and the death of their quarry after its "feeble attempt to escape," Cathcart said. "I love the hunting movement in particular. It's fantastic music. I love the whole scene and narrative it portrays."

David Porter, Winter • Listen for shivering and the stamping of feet, interrupted momentarily by a cozy interlude indoors by the fire. Porter said he hasn't played Winter since he was 13, when he was pleased with his performance until he heard a professional recording. "I hope I now play it a little better."


Always in season

The Vivaldi by Candlelight Concert, a benefit for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, celebrates its 30th year.

When • Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

Where • First Presbyterian Church, 12 C St., Salt Lake City

Program • Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor with BBC National Orchestra of Wales oboist David Cowley and conductor/violinist Gerald Elias, Vivaldi Concerto for Two Oboes in D minor with Cowley and Utah Symphony oboist Robert Stephenson, and Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" with Utah Symphony violinists Lynnette Stewart (Spring), David Langr (Summer), Stephanie Cathcart (Autumn) and David Porter (Winter)

Tickets • $40 at 801-832-3272. Information: http://www.utahdiplomacy.org.