So what better composer to begin the proceedings with a bang than the fiery “Red Priest” of Venice – the one and only Antonio Vivaldi. After a brief pronunciation lesson to get everyone in the proper Italian frame of mind, Heifetz faculty member Mark Kaplan kicked off the Grand Finale of Heifetz2017 by leading (along with fellow faculty violinist Brian Lewis and harpsichordist Andrew Rosenblum), a performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for four violins. Bravissimo!
Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest Antonio Vivaldi
The final concert of a Heifetz summer in Staunton is always a memorable – and occasionally monumental – event, and permeated with a palpable electrics energy full of anticipation: a final “Last Waltz” for all of the assembled students, faculty, and our amazing audience members.