Hear Vivaldi's Gloria Nov. 8

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Choir and Orchestra for Vivaldi's Gloria with conductor Jeffrey Rink (center).

Once again the talented team from the NWF State College and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will join forces to present another concert for the edifying of the community.

Jeffrey Rink, award winning conductor, Ingrid Roberts, First Violin Chair who played with the Temple Square Orchestra in Salt Lake and Donavan Black, gifted singer and choreographer bring together talent from the community, the college and the Church to present Vivaldi's Gloria, one of the greatest masterpieces in musical history.

This special event will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Palm Blvd. in Niceville. There is no charge for admission.

Roberts and Melissa Kibler are rehearsing the Fort Walton Beach Stake Orchestra, Donavan Black is working with the choir, and finally Rink, NWF State College conductor, will bring his talents and dedication to this event with his usual flair. Roberts had this to say concerning the origin of Gloria.

"Vivaldi, also known as the red headed violinist, composed the Gloria, a 12 movement Mass for choir and orchestra. It is an incredible work of art! Often performed around the Christmas season, it is one of Vivaldi’s most popular sacred works. The Gloria is filled with rich contrasts and variations of tempo, textures and virtuosity. Each movement conveys varying moods of exuberance, joy, tenderness, reflection, mercy and love. The rhythmic figures are both lyrical and virtuosic throughout, ranging from grandiose choral movements accompanied by the orchestra to more reflective and tender movements featuring vocal soloists accompanied by just a few instrumental soloists. It will be a wonderful evening of uplifting music. You can’t leave an evening hearing Vivaldi’s great Gloria without feeling fulfilled, inspired and with a renewed vigor to celebrate the Christmas season."

The soloists for this presentation are Nancy Ratcliff, Valerie Bidstrup, Mandy Asmus, Charise Cooley, Rebecca Wendell, Amy Gouker, Heather Pitcher, Donovan Black, David Simmons, Peter Steenblik, Paul Tessier, Annie Melia, Holly Johnson, and Jennifer Boudette.

Donovan Black confided that he chose the Gloria because it is often overlooked during the Christmas season. “It is such a unique work in an exhilarating setting with this gifted choir and the orchestra.”

This group’s amazing performance for their Easter program, Selections from the Messiah, was heralded by all who were present.