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10th Annual Pacific Baroque Festival, 6-9 March 2014

Join the many who are planning to refresh their spirits with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from March 6 to 9! An impressive line-up of musicians will help the Pacific Baroque Festival celebrate its 10th anniversary with a delightful range of music from this baroque master:

  • Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer
    Shannon Mercer’s voice proved as floating as ever.” Le Soleil
  • Victoria-raised Tyler Duncan (baritone)
    Duncan is one of those rare lyric baritones… ideal for singing Bach’s music.” Toronto Star 
  • Organ virtuoso Edoardo Bellotti, one of the world’s leading exponents of baroque improvisation
  • Soile Stratkauskas (baroque flute)
    Ms. Stratkauskas is a formidably talented baroque flautist Music in Victoria
  • Festival Artistic Director Marc Destrubé (violin)
    Destrubé is a brilliantly soulful player The Georgia Straight
  • Pacific Baroque Orchestra, early music for modern ears
  • The internationally-acclaimed Victoria Children’s Choir

EMSI Members receive a special discount on their Festival Passes! Seniors/Students can experience all 4 concerts for $65: only $17.50 each concert! Adults: $85: a $15 savings! Please purchase these Passes on-line.

This will be a special occasion for Victoria’s early music lovers.  Learn more by visiting the Pacific Baroque Festival website. This March let J. S. Bach refresh your spirits!

EMSI Has a New Website!

Check out EMSI’s new website, up and running at http://earlymusicsocietyoftheislands.ca/. A completely new look and feel will make your visits more informative and responsive. Some highlights:

  • You can download the season brochure and ticket order form.
  • Most concert listings now include a link to the artists’ pages where audio samples can be played.
  • Each page has an updated bar with links to news and the next few concerts.
  • Did you know there are seven different ways to purchase tickets? They’re all listed and you’ll find a link to the Royal McPherson box office’s ticketing engine.
  • The site works quickly on desktops, laptops and tablets.

The new website has information on:

  • Society membership and support
  • each upcoming concert
  • special events, volunteer and membership activities
  • the EMSI music bursary

Visit the Concerts page and, most important, renew your membership in EMSI for the 2013-14 season.

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French Baroque Opera

Boston Early Music Festival comes to Victoria!

For the first time ever, Victoria audiences will have the opportunity to experience a semi-staged baroque opera, performed in a period style by one of the world’s leading baroque music ensembles.

Close to thirty singers, dancers, and musicians will perform a double bill of operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, first played for the Dauphin of France.

It is the most ambitious production in EMSI’s almost thirty-year history.

To ensure the best seats, purchase your tickets early for this special event.

For more information about the opera see the concert page

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s
La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs
               
Boston Early Music Festival: Vocal, Chamber, and Dance Ensembles (USA)
Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Co-presented with Pacific Opera Victoria
“musically intelligent and dramatically affecting” THE BOSTON GLOBE

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2013-14 EMSI Brochure Now Available

Welcome to the launch of the 2013-14 season!

Chamber music, lute, German cantatas, the Polish Baroque, the music of Bach, Handel, and Rossi are offerings in this year’s concert series.

In addition to a wonderful regular season line-up with the biggest names in early music, we look forward to a collaboration with  Pacific Opera Victoria in presenting our first Baroque opera!

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs is Boston Early Music Festival’s semi-staged double-bill production performed in period style.

For information on purchasing your tickets for this season highlight (gala or regular performances) and our concert series, please visit the Tickets page.

The season  brochure and order form are now available for download.