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Houston Chamber Choir and Period Orchestra Present Vivaldi's Lost Treasure with "Exploring Music" Host Bill McGlaughlin

The Houston Chamber Choir closes its 2007-2008 season with the Southwest premiere of Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Antonio Vivaldi on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 27 at 3:30pm. Both performances will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe just outside the West 610 Loop.

Misattributed to Baldessare Galuppi in the 1750’s, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus remained ignored in the Saxon State Library in Dresden until an Australian musicologist reexamined it in 2005. This 11-movement work scored for soloist, choir and orchestra has been heralded as “arguably the best non-operatic work from Vivaldi’s pen to come to light since the discovery, in the 1920’s, of the major part of the composer’s personal archive.”

This work will be paired with Handel’s setting of the same text he composed at the age of 22 while traveling in Italy. Extravagantly dramatic and virtuosic, Handel “hurls music at us,” writes one scholar. “He provides us with shock after shock.” Joining the Chamber Choir and soloists will be a period instrument orchestra comprised of Baroque specialists from around the country.

Popular public radio personality Bill McGlaughlin, host of “Exploring Music” heard each weekday on KUHF-FM will add his brilliant mix of musical insight and storytelling to this exciting season finale.

Tickets and additional information are available by calling 713-974-1253 or logging on to www.HoustonChamberChoir.org

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