Britain’s flamboyant Baroque ensemble, Red Priest, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic work, The Four Seasons at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the concert also will feature works by Bach, Telemann and others in a program called “Viva Baroque!”
Red Priest, renowned for bringing a theatrical sensibility to Baroque repertoire, takes its name from Vivaldi, known in his time as The Red Priest because he was, in fact, a priest with bright red hair. In an interview on National Public Radio, founder Piers Adams commented, “We tend to forget that people in the olden days were having fun. They were like us, and they weren’t all serious. They were experimenting and doing their own thing.”
The ensemble includes recorder player Adams, violinist David Greenberg, cellist Angela East and harpsichordist David Wright. Performing from memory, they take an innovative approach to period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their imaginative arrangements and stagecraft.
Piers Adam was recently heralded in the Washington Post as “the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today.” He has adapted violin solo parts in great works of the Baroque to his large collection of recorders.
Tickets at $30 are available at CB FOX and Smith’s in both Los Alamos and White Rock, at the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe and electronically at losalamsconcert.org. Tickets at the door are $35. Free tickets for students ages 6-18 are available at the Los Alamos outlets and at the door. The Smith Auditorium is on the Los Alamos High School campus at 1300 Diamond Dr.