On Sunday, December 5th at 6:00 pm EST the St. Giles concert series will present a program including the Johann Georg Albrechtsberger Organ Concerto in B Flat Major and the Antonio Vivaldi Gloria with orchestra at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5200 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.
This will be the American premier of the Albrechtsberger Organ Concerto even though it was written in 1762. It is a fine example of an early Classical period concerto and deserves a much wider presentation than it has received so far. It's a great study of the development of the classical period concerto style by probably music history's most prolific composer.
The Vivaldi Gloria RV 589 for chorus, soloists, and orchestra is well known to American audiences and hardly needs an introduction. It was written around 1716 and is the second of three of his settings of the text. The first is rarely performed and the third has been lost. The Gloria is widely performed for the Christmas season and is our choir's presentation for this year.
For those unable to attend in person, the performance will be live streamed on YouTube at our site St. Giles Concert Series