New Trinity Baroque presents 'Four Seasons'

"Defined, gripping, thoughtful, full of temperament, fearless," the Concert Artists Guild of New York exclaims.

The subject of that high praise is New Trinity Baroque, an ensemble of professional musicians who perform music of the Baroque period on authentic instruments. Gwinnett music lovers will be happy to know that they will soon have an opportunity to hear this extraordinary group.

The Gwinnett Philharmonic Presents Series will feature New Trinity Baroque in the first concert of the series on Tuesday. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

There's more. Predrag Gosta, the group's founder, conductor and harpsichordist, is a Gwinnett resident, and the group itself is registered as a nonprofit organization based in Gwinnett. Although New Trinity Baroque bases its series in St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, it also performs in other venues in Georgia and outside the South.

Now, Gwinnett will be getting a taste of this unique and highly skilled ensemble. Tuesday's performance at the Performing Arts Center will be devoted to the work of Vivaldi and will feature his immensely popular "Four Seasons."

Predrag Gosta founded the group in 1998 in London, utilizing the talents of international musicians. Since coming to the United States and basing the group in the Atlanta region, Gosta continues to use musicians from both inside the United States and from international sources.

One such musician is the world-renowned John Holloway. During the 2005-2006 New Trinity Baroque season, Holloway will serve as both concert master and music director for the group, as well be as violin soloist. He will be featured in Tuesday's concert, performing to the demanding standards that elicited a review from the New York Times stating that Holloway had given "The best performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons this committed listener has ever heard."

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Gosta has been making music since he was 6. His virtuosity extends from the harpsichord to his own baritone voice to conducting. He founded New Trinity Baroque while pursuing postgraduate studies at Trinity College of Music in London.

New Trinity Baroque will not only perform Vivaldi's music, it will do so on instruments that are reproductions - sometimes originals - of the types of instruments that were played in the 17th and 18th centuries. The glorious melodies and energy of Vivaldi's masterpieces take on a whole new dimension when heard as they were performed centuries ago.

Tickets are $28 and $21 for adults, $15 and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 404-249-6400 or by visiting the Gwinnett Center Box Office. For more information, visit the Gwinnett Philharmonic Web site at www.gwinnettphilharmonic.org and the New Trinity Baroque web site at www.newtrinitybaroque.org.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail hcalmes@mindspring.com.