We were entreated to the virtuosity and onstage intimacy of husband-wife mandoliners Caterina Litchenberg and Mike Marshall. At the pre-concert talk and the concert itself, we learned some truly interesting facts:
Fact 1:There are different kinds of mandolins -- the classical "potato-backed" mandolin of Europe, the flat-backed American version created in the 1920s, and the leviathan mandocello. Some earlier versions were played by a feather quill -- which we got to hear. Did not know that. It was as dreamy as swans swimming across a lake.
Vivaldi a contemporary of Bach, who died in such ignominy that ALL his works were lost -- until they were discovered in a trunk in someone's attic 150 years ago -- was oft called because of his red hair and his fiery and unmatched performances, the Red Priest. Oh, yeah -- and he was actually a priest.
Vivaldi, the father of string music, would have been lost to us if one suitcase had not been found. What other treasures has this world presented that have been lost forever?