Christmas Music Programs

First Church Music Ministries presents two special musical programs during the Advent season.

GLORIA by Antonio Vivaldi

2018 Christmas Cantata

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 –1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violist, teacher, and priest. Born in Venice, is viewed as one of the greatest composers of Baroque music, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons.

Vivaldi’s most popular choral work is the Gloria (RV 589). He wrote at least three settings of the hymn Gloria in Excelsis Deo, whose words date back to the 4th Century and which is an integral part of the Ordinary Mass. Two survive…RV 588 and RV 589. A third, RV 590, is mentioned only in the Kreuzherren catalog and presumed lost. The RV 589 Gloria is a familiar and popular piece among sacred works by Vivaldi. It was probably written at about the same time as the RV 588, possibly in 1715. The Gloria’s remained in a relatively unknown status until RV 589’s revival by Alfredo Casella during Vivaldi Week in Sienna (1939). RV 589 enjoys well-founded popularity, performed at many sacred events, including Christmas. It has been recorded on nearly one hundred CD’s and has also been used in a number of films.

Please join us on Sunday, December 2 at 8:40 and 11 am in the sanctuary for this special presentation.


Gather 'Round

Gather ‘Round

Sunday, December 2 at 9:40 am

Please join the CrossRoads Worship Band in the Family Life Center for Gather ‘Round, a music-filled journey of our love in Christ.