Anonymous oil portrait of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, about age 45.

If ever there was a composer who met the definition of a virtuoso it was Antonio Lucio Vivaldi. His compositions are no doubt timeless musical works, and his technical skill with a violin was practically peerless.

Born in Venice, Italy, in 1678, Vivaldi was one of nine children. His father Giovanni was a professional violinist who recognized his son’s talent for music.

Maris Grove Blanket Circle members (from left) Patty Obrecht, Frankie Moses, Pat Borjes, and Irene Woznicki display some of the 2,109 comfy coverings the group produced for Project Linus last year.

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