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Wednesday, April 9, 2025 7:30 PM // Hill Auditorium

Les Arts Florissants
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at 300

Performance
Photo by Julien Benhamou
 

When first published in 1725, nobody could imagine that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons would become some of the most frequently-heard music of all time. This program frames the iconic concertos in a new light, inviting questions about the fleeting cyclical nature of our existence, our relationship with nature, and the eternal renewal of earth’s cycles, now being modified by climate change. The program starts with Monteverdi, a composer born 100 years before Vivaldi, and continues with Uccellini and Geminiani before turning into a joyful celebration of Vivaldi’s major opus three centuries after it was composed.

Program

Claudio Monteverdi Adoramus te, SV 289
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for strings and basso continuo, RV 129 (“Madrigalesco”)
Marco Uccellini Bergamasca
Vivaldi Concerto in d minor, RV 813
Francesco Geminiani Concerto No. 12 in d minor “La Folia” (after Corelli)
Vivaldi Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269 (“Spring”)
Vivaldi Concerto in g minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315 (“Summer”)
Vivaldi Overture to
La fida ninfa (“The Faithful Nymph”), RV 714
Vivaldi Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293 (“Autumn”)
Vivaldi Grave from Violin Concerto in B-flat Major, RV 370
Vivaldi Concerto in f minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297 (“Winter”)

Meet the Artists

Théotime Langlois de Swarte
Théotime Langlois de Swarte
violin

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at 300

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Wednesday, April 9, 2025 7:30 PM
Hill Auditorium

Les Arts Florissants
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at 300

Performance
Order 2024/25 Season Tickets
Season Ticket packages now available
Individual event tickets on sale Aug 1

When first published in 1725, nobody could imagine that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons would become some of the most frequently-heard music of all time. This program frames the iconic concertos in a new light, inviting questions about the fleeting cyclical nature of our existence, our relationship with nature, and the eternal renewal of earth’s cycles, now being modified by climate change. The program starts with Monteverdi, a composer born 100 years before Vivaldi, and continues with Uccellini and Geminiani before turning into a joyful celebration of Vivaldi’s major opus three centuries after it was composed.

Program

Claudio Monteverdi Adoramus te, SV 289
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for strings and basso continuo, RV 129 (“Madrigalesco”)
Marco Uccellini Bergamasca
Vivaldi Concerto in d minor, RV 813
Francesco Geminiani Concerto No. 12 in d minor “La Folia” (after Corelli)
Vivaldi Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269 (“Spring”)
Vivaldi Concerto in g minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315 (“Summer”)
Vivaldi Overture to
La fida ninfa (“The Faithful Nymph”), RV 714
Vivaldi Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293 (“Autumn”)
Vivaldi Grave from Violin Concerto in B-flat Major, RV 370
Vivaldi Concerto in f minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297 (“Winter”)

Meet the Artists

Théotime Langlois de Swarte
Théotime Langlois de Swarte
violin

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PERMANENTLY ENDOWED SUPPORT

  • Darragh H. and Robert O. Weisman Memorial Endowment Fund

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • Emily Bandera

Buy Tickets

Les Arts Florissants
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at 300

Hill Auditorium
Season Ticket packages now available
Individual event tickets on sale Aug 1

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Order 2024/25 Season Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Théotime Langlois de Swarte
Théotime Langlois de Swarte
violin

“Performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening” [Gramophone]; “A stunner by any standard” [The Strad]; and “Mesmerizing” [The New Yorker] – these represent common reactions upon encountering violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte who is rapidly emerging as a much sought-after violin soloist (on both baroque and modern instruments), chamber musician, recitalist, and conductor.

Théotime Langlois de Swarte studied at the Paris Conservatory under Michael Hentz, and became a regular member of Les Arts Florissants at William Christie’s invitation in 2014, while still a student.  He has since appeared as soloist with the ensemble, and will perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with them on North American tours in spring and fall, 2025.  He has also appeared in recital with William Christie, including a 2021 recording of sonatas by Leclair and Senaille (“Generations” on harmonia mundi).

Alongside his instrumental work, de Swarte is emerging as a conductor.  In 2023 he led performances at l’Opera Comique of Lully’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (with Les Musiciens du Louvre at Marc Minkowski’s invitation) and Gretry’s Zemire et Azor (at Louis Langrée’s invitation).

Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation.  He plays on a Jacob Stainer violin of 1665 loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation, and an Allessandro Gagliano from 1700 on loan from the Zylber Association.

Learn more at davidroweartists.com