Vivaldi, violin making focus of spring festival The 2004 Spring Orchestra festival will take place on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in Theatre I at the USD College of Fine Arts. This year the concert promises to be most interesting. The music to be performed by the 80 visiting high school students from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and throughout South Dakota is composed by Antonio Vivaldi, one of the most popular of classical composers.
To add to the interest, the great Minnesota violin maker, Arnold Anderson will be bringing several of his instruments to be performed by the students. USD Professor John Thomson will conduct the orchestra. He explains, "Arnold is a truly great maker who studied in Cremona, Italy. Cremona was the home to the greatest makers of all time such as Stradivari and Guarneri. They keep up the tradition by training the great makers of today, such as Arnold. It is very unusual to be able to hear a concert featuring instruments by one maker � you hear a greater uniformity of sound that is quite unique.
"And � just as Stradivari and Guarneri trained their children to make instruments, two of Arnold's children, Sarah and Brenden are now making. They will also have some of their instruments here. We are privileged to have them attend and to hear their instruments."
The high school students who attend will rehearse during the day, tour the National Music Museum, and hear a lecture on Vivaldi given by USD Professor David Moskowitz. The concert at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.