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An afternoon of Vivaldi and Venice in Boston

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The Handel and Haydn Society gave locals a double dose of Vivaldi on Sunday. First, the ensemble played a concert at Symphony Hall. Then — with the help of the organization Save Venice — the orchestra hosted a “Vivaldi’s Venice” reception at Horticulture Hall featuring Italian antipasti, wine, and some expertise from Handel and Haydn artistic director Harry Christophers (right) and professor James Johnson of Boston University’s Department of History.