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A staple of the old WGMS classical-for-dummies program schedule, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is a reliable crowd pleaser that still manages to wow audiences who have heard it many times before. Robert Mealy’s Baroque orchestra will forgo the more familiar seasons—the stately “Spring” and brisk “Autumn”—and skip directly to “Winter,” the most avant-garde of the four concerti, whose icy allegros will remind you of the inclement weather you are trying to escape. But the highlight of the all-Vivaldi show is his Gloria, performed by the National Cathedral Choir and featuring sopranos Rosa Lamoreaux and Ah Young Hong and countertenor Roger Isaacs. Many musical arrangements of the Greater Doxology (“in excelsis deo”) exist. And while Vivaldi’s version is not the one heard in “Angels We Have Heard on High” or on Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, it is still one of the best.
THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 8 p.m. AT THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, MASSACHUSETTS AND WISCONSIN AVENUES NW. $30–$42. (202) 544-7077.