It's the time of year when, traditionally, Buffalo goes for baroque. The Viva Vivaldi Festival is as sweet and spicy as a pumpkin latte, and it's a whole lot less fattening. It starts Oct. 30 and continues on consecutive Sundays through Nov. 20.
The annual four-Sunday concert series by Marylouise Nanna and the Ars Nova Musicians centers on the music of Antonio Vivaldi but includes surprises as well. One concert this year takes place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where the festival has not been since 2009. The church boasts a fine Steinway grand, so in another change of pace, the concert is featuring Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto. The soloist is Alexander Aylward, the son of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Ansgarius Aylward.
The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation is another unusual location. The concert there features the Buffalo Suzuki Strings, a mainstay of Viva Vivaldi. The Ars Nova Musicians have a couple of new CDs for sale. The latest are "Visionary Echoes" and "Vicarious Reflections." (Composers other than Vivaldi played at the festival are known as "Vicarious Visionaries.") The new discs join other recent popular Ars Nova titles including "Vividly Vivaldi" and "Venetian Lights."
Here is the schedule.
Oct. 30: Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.
Nov. 6: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.
Nov. 13: Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St.
Nov. 20: First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle.
Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door.