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Friday Nights at NOMA: “Hidden Musicians of Venice: The Fascinating Story of Vivaldi’s All-Female Orchestra,” a lecture by Kim Teter

April 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Standard admission fees apply—FREE to NOMA members. 

  • 5 to 8 pm: Art on the Spot with YAYA
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Loyola Department of Music
  • 6 pm: “Hidden Musicians of Venice: The Fascinating Story of Vivaldi’s All-Female Orchestra,” a lecture by Kim Teter
  • 6 pm: Teen Open Mic and Poetry Slam in the Contemporary Art Galleries

WWNO-NPR 89.9 will host an information booth for an upcoming 10-day group trip to Italy, Oct. 17 – 28. The itinerary includes a Vivaldi concert in a Baroque church and a backstage tour of La Fenice Opera House in Venice, private tours of major museums in Florence, and three nights in the ancient hill town of Montecatini. For more information visit the tour website.


Herlinda Castagnoli (pianist), Emily Alves (cellist), and Ellen Johnston (violinist) are all sophomores in the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans. While all three have had previous experience in chamber music, their collaborative work together began in early 2017. Herlinda and Emily began working together in the fall of 2016, and reached out to Ellen in January. The three young women became familiar with each other’s playing styles in the fall of 2015 upon entering their freshman year at Loyola. Their musical interests are focused in the Classical era, but they dabble in Baroque and Romantic as well.


Kim Teter, author of the novel Isabella’s Libretto, will discuss the origins and evolution of an all-girl’s orphanage orchestra that formed in early 18th-century Venice under the direction of a young Don Antonio Vivaldi, the colorful and complex maestro who was destined to make musical history as a great composer, conductor, and violinist. Attendees may view the accompanying exhibition A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s.


April 28, 2017
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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