Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas (2019)

Folger Consort performed "Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas" on December 13th to December 18th 2019 at St Marks on Capitol Hill.


Folger Consort journeyed to Venice for the holidays with Vivaldi's beloved Gloria in D, RV589. Written around 1715, the piece was first performed by the all-female choir and orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà, composed entirely of young women and directed by Vivaldi himself. Other seasonal music from the Italian High Baroque included Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata ("O di Betlemme altera, povertà venturosa") and Corelli's magnificent Christmas Concerto. With string orchestra, oboe, trumpet, women's chorus, and vocal soloists.


Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 8 ("Christmas Concerto") Alessandro Scarlatti, Cantata pastorale per la nascità di Nostro Signore ("O di Betlemme altera, povertà venturosa); featuring soprano Emily Noël

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe in D major, RV 781; featuring soloists Joelle Monroe (trumpet) and Margaret Owens (oboe) Francesco Geminiani, Concerto Grosso in E minor, H. 78 Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria in D, RV 589


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

Robert Eisenstein: Violin

Christopher Kendall: Lute

Guests Artists

Andrew Arceci: Baroque Bass, Continuo

Risa Browder: Violin, Concertmaster

Wade Davis:Cello

Brooke Evers: Soprano

Nina Falk: Viola

Claire Galloway: Alto

Crossley Hawn: Soprano

Kerry Holahan: Soprano

Annie Loud: Violin

Paula Maust: Organ

P. Lucy McVeigh: Alto

Joelle Monroe: Trumpet

John Moran: Cello

Leslie Nero: Violin

Emily Noël: Soprano

Margaret Owens: Oboe

Jessica Renfro: Alto

Madelyn Wanner Salazar: Alto

Airi Yoshioka: Violin