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Viva Vivaldi opens Sunday

When the days grow short and we enter the sunset of the year, when the nights turn chilly and we yearn for music, soul and conviviality, then it is time for Viva Vivaldi. The festival of Baroque music, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, opens Sunday with a concert at Holy Angels Church on Buffalo’s West Side.

The opening concert includes the traditional Vivaldi concerto, and each concert this year also will include a season from “The Four Seasons.” Megan Prokes, recently admitted to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s violin section, is the soloist in the first season, the Primavera, or Spring. There also will be other surprises – some by Vivaldi, some by Vicarious Visionaries (festival lingo for other composers besides the great Antonio).

Sunday’s concert takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Angels (348 Porter Ave.). Subsequent Viva Vivaldi concerts are Nov. 10 at Assumption Roman Catholic Church (435 Amherst St.); Nov. 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Ave.); and Nov. 24 at First Presbyterian Church (1 Symphony Circle).

All concerts are at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 662-3598.

– Mary Kunz Goldman