Summer Concert Series: Vivaldi Project
Tickets go on sale May 25, 2017 at 10:00 am
The Vivaldi Project brings to life the overlooked 18th-century string trio, presenting rich and varied works by lesser-known composers including Campioni, Giardini, Cannabich, Cambini, Gossec, and Rolla, as well as familiar ones including Haydn, Boccherini, and J.C. Bach.
Praised for its brilliant and expressive playing, The Vivaldi Project, co-directed by Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial, is dedicated to presenting innovative programs of Baroque and Classical string repertoire that combine scholarship and performance to both educate and delight audiences. The period instrument ensemble takes its name from the virtuoso violinist and innovative composer Antonio Vivaldi in recognition of his pivotal position between earlier Baroque and later Classical composers (those well-known and beloved as well as those rarely heard). The Vivaldi Project's educational arm, The Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI), offers professional string players and advanced students the opportunity to study historical performance practices using their own modern instruments.
This concert was made possible with the support of Bill and Judy Watson.
“A storm of electrifying improvisation impelled by a throbbing metrical pulse.” —WASHINGTON POST
Buoyant spirit, expressive warmth and technical fluency.” —BALTIMORE SUN
The string playing of The Vivaldi Project musicians was simply breathtaking! . . . The Vivaldi Project has helped to reinsert our sense of wonder and surprise at music that will never sound old.” —CLASSICAL VOICE
The repertoire is charming, and the playing, on original instruments, is superb. This is lovely music, beautifully played, and deserves to be heard much more often.” —STRINGS MAGAZINE
Violinist Elizabeth Field, distinguished for her passionate and stylistic playing on both period and modern instruments, is the founder of The Vivaldi Project. Field is concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and also performs with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the US: from Washington DC's acclaimed Opera Lafayette to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. A former member of Brandywine Baroque, Field was also a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet. In addition to period instrument recordings for Hungaroton, Naxos, and Dorian, Field has performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Field holds a DMA from Cornell University in 18th-century performance practice and has coached student & professional performers throughout the U.S. including at the universities of Maryland, Illinois and Iowa, and the University of Washington. She has held professorships at Sacramento State University and the University of California at Davis, and has served twice as the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. As co-director of the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments with cellist Stephanie Vial, she has given workshops and classes at numerous institutions, working with a variety of string players, from talented young Curtis students, Suzuki teachers and their pupils, to seasoned professional orchestral and freelance players. Her DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, Performing the Score, explores 18th-century violin/piano repertoire and has been hailed by Emanuel Ax as both "truly inspiring” and “authoritative.”
Allison Edberg Nyquist
Noted for the beauty of her playing as well as for her versatility, violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist is one of the preeminent performers of baroque and modern violin. She has been praised by The Chicago Sun Times as “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty.” Equally at home as an orchestral and chamber musician, she also performs regularly as a violist. Nyquist has performed throughout North America, collaborating with many of the top baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, Olde Friends, and Apollo's Fire. She is frequently featured at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Her discography includes recordings for the Eclectra, Delos, MSR Classics, and Centaur CD labels. Highly regarded as a teacher, Nyquist has served on the faculties of Indiana State University, DePauw University, Ohio State, the Interlochen Arts Camp and Lawrence University. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Baroque Violin at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.
Nyquist is concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and a member of Ensemble Voltaire, The Haymarket Opera Company, Third Coast Baroque, The Vivaldi Project, and the newly appointed Artistic Director of Music City Baroque (Nashville). She is happy once again to make her home in Indiana after three years in the Chicago suburbs. She now lives in Warren County where she hopes to soon have chickens.
Stephanie Vial is a widely respected cellist, praised for her technical flair and expressive sense of phrasing. Stephanie performs regularly in early music ensembles throughout the US and has given solo and chamber music concerts, lectures, and master classes at numerous universities and institutions, including The Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota; The University of Virginia; Duke University; Boston Conservatory; and The Curtis Institute of Music.
Together with Elizabeth Field, Vial is the co-director of The Vivaldi Project, as well as its educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments. Her book, The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical “Period”, published by the University of Rochester Press Eastman Studies in Music series in 2008, is praised by Malcolm Bilson as "inspired scholarship" and "essential reading." She has recorded for the Dorian Label, Naxos, Hungaroton, MSR classics, and Centaur Records.
Vial received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, followed by a master's degree at Indiana University and a D.M.A. in 18th-century performance practice from Cornell University. She has made Durham, NC, her home since 1997, and she performs there regularly and is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.