In this Issue
Volume 3 of Discovering the Classical String Trio released June 1st
Remembering The Vivaldi Project's Founding Angel, Roy Thomas
Meet our new Artistic Advisory Board
Teaching and Performing during the Pandemic
Performance plans going forward
The Vivaldi Project is thrilled to announce the release of Volume 3 in their critically acclaimed series, Discovering the Classical String Trio.
After our successful 2020 Kickstarter campaign (honored by Kickstarter as "a project we love"), we were set to record that April in the beautiful Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. This, as we all know, was not to be. But we kept an eye out for an opportunity, and in November of 2020, with quarantining and testing precautions, we were able to gather to rehearse and record. The hall acoustics were every bit as gorgeous as we were lead to believe, and it was pure joy to play together again and work with our wonderful recording engineer, Richard Price of Candlewood Digital, and MSR's Robert LaPorta.
Our original intention was to begin recording two volumes simultaneously, a number of trios destined for one volume and the others for the second volume focusing more specifically on the Viennese string trio of the late 18th century. It takes time to immerse ourselves in each new set of trios and to then perform them a number of times so that we can really explore their musical possibilities. The two volumes have evolved as we have been doing this and so it made sense to record the trios as we were ready with them. But given the uncertainty of the times, we decided not to wait until we could meet again to record, and opted instead to combine the completed recordings into a single packed volume including nearly 80 minutes of music! There is incredible variety in volume 3: two early works, one from Sammartini in Italy and from Hofmann in Vienna; a drammatic, almost Beethovenian trio from the Venetian trained Maddalena Sirmen, a trio by Zannetti showcasing the viola, John Antes' distinctly American trio, and two High Classical Viennese works by Hoffmeister, and Wranitzky.
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An Unusual Year of Teaching and Performing
While in-person concerts are only very slowly and cautiously beginning to reappear, we look back on a most unusual year which has offered the opportunity for teaching in a variety of locations without even leaving the house. Over the course of the 20-21 school year, Liz and Stephanie gave workshops for students at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, and for Summertrios program. Individually they also gave presentations for McGill University, Duke University, The North Carolina Cello Society, Mallarme Chamber Players and The Cello Cammerata.
Our April 8th concert for the Gotham Early Music Scene's Midtown series came just a little bit to soon for us to live stream the event in NYC. We were not yet fully vaccinated and traveling seemed unwise. Butwe were able to create a video for the event with three works from our recently completed recording. We each provided home videos of ourselves with thoughts and demonstrations to introduce the trios and added pictures and images to accompany the music. Especially fun was the chance to talk to the audience (via Zoom) after the video was aired.
In the Works
New York, NY
Music at St. Albans
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Baroque and Beyond
Sunday, March 20th
Chapel Hill, NC
The Music House
Vivaldi Project Newsletter
Summer, 2021 Issue
Roy Thomas, In Memoriam
Liz Field remembers The Vivaldi Project's very first supporter
We are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and supporter, Roy R Thomas. I first met Roy in May, 2007 during the intermission of an Opera Lafayette performance at the Clarice Center at the University of MD. Roy was a familiar face in the audiences in the Washington DC area, so I was not surprised to see him sidle up to the edge of the stage at the beginning of our break between acts.
He waved me over and with his characteristic impish smile casually asked, “what are you up to these days?" I started musing about vague thoughts I had of putting together an ensemble for a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, rambling incoherently as one does while bent half over the side of a stage with a violin sandwiched under your arm. He listened patiently until his lovely wife Carol approached and admonished him, "Roy let her go to the restroom!" Roy turned to her, turning to her camly and replying, "Just a minute honey, Elizabeth is fundraising." I was stunned! I had no idea that was what I was donig! Then he said, "How much do you need to get started?"
By the end of the performance, I held in my hand a check for $1200 from Roy R Thomas, enough to pay musicians for a startup concert a couple of months later. Thank You Roy, you were our 'Founding Angel'. You will be greatly missed.
Introducing The Vivaldi Project's Artistic Advisory Board
We are honored to introduce an inspiring group of musical colleagues, scholars and friends who have agreed to serve on our new Artistic Advisory Board. They have already helped us in so many ways, with organizational advice, concert planning, broadening our circle of connections, proof-reading program notes, and so much more. Please visit for more information about this extraordinary group.