Re­call­ing Vi­valdi: Red Priest

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The Bri­tish Baroque en­sem­ble Red Priest takes its moniker from the nick­name of vi­o­lin­ist- com­poser An­to­nio Vi­valdi, who was a priest with red hair and, as one of his era’s lead­ing vir­tu­osos, may have pre­fig­ured the flam­boy­ance the group brings to its un­but­toned per­for­mances. The quar­tet (which com­prises recorder, vi­o­lin, cello, and harp­si­chord) plays fast and loose with its ma­te­rial, pre­fer­ring the­atri­cal­ity to any­thing re­sem­bling aca­demic so­bri­ety. The group will ap­pear at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 9, at the Duane Smith Au­di­to­rium, Los Alamos High School (1300 Di­a­mond Drive), cour­tesy of the Los Alamos Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion. Tick­ets ($30) are avail­able through Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (www. tick­etssantafe.org, 505-988-1234). On the pro­gram are tran­scrip­tions of Vi­valdi’s four con­cer­tos known as The Four Sea­sons, as well as pieces by Biber, Corelli, Pur­cell, and Ja­cob van Eyck, the blind recorder player and car­il­lon­neur of 17th-cen­tury Utrecht. — James M. Keller

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