Chamber Music among the trees and beds of an extraordinary garden, with a guided tour after the concert.
Join us for a program of 18th C. music in the Italian style composed by German and French composers (Telemann, Corrette, Boismortier, Bach and Heinichen) performed by three Canadian musicians (Martin Bonham, Pierre Cayer and Katrina Russell): three trios, one duet and one solo.
See below for how to book your seats! Details (location, precisions) will be sent to registered participants.
There is no admission fee for this concert, offered by the musicians, the garden owner (Lloyd Howard), and the EMSI. Donations are welcome with proceedings going to the musicians. To donate, please click here.
About the concert
Georg PhilippTelemann: Sonata in F Major for Oboe, Bassoon and Continuo TWV 42: F1 (1718)
Michel Corrette: Sonata in C for Bassoon and Cello (originally 2 cellos) Op. 24 (1741)
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Sonata in E Minor for Oboe, Bassoon and Continuo Op. 37, No. 2 (1732)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sarabande and Bourrée 1 & 2 from Suite No. 3 in C for Solo Cello (~1720)
Johann David Heinichen: Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon and Cello in G S220 (1683-1729)
Martin Bonham, a member of the Victoria Symphony from 1978 to 2019 and during that time, one of Victoria’s leading chamber musicians, also established himself as one of the top early music specialists in Western Canada, with performances for Early Music Vancouver, the Early Music Society of the Islands and Victoria Baroque. Cofounder with Kazue Kazahaya Seki of Les Violes de Saint-Colombe, a founding member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Musick Masters, he appeared frequently on stage throughout BC, Alberta and Washington State. His interest in recreating early dance led to a role in the 1990’s as Music Director and one of the dancers in Movimento!, Victoria’s early dance and theatre company at the time. In this concert, Martin plays an 18th Century Italian cello restored to Baroque specifications.
Born in Montreal, Pierre Cayer holds a First Prize in both oboe and chamber music from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec, a Soloist Diploma from the Music Conservatory of Rotterdam (Netherlands), and a Master’s degree in music (M.Mus.) from McGill University. He was a member of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and co-music director of Eine Kleine Summer Music until 2015. He could be heard frequently with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Palm Court Orchestra. Since retiring as a professional modern oboe player, he is dedicating his time to the baroque oboe and the baroque repertoire.
Katrina Russell has a diverse performance background as a bassoonist, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary music, and from orchestral playing to solo appearances. Prior to moving to Vancouver Island, she lived in Britain, and as a specialist in historical performance, she played and recorded with many of the foremost period instrument ensembles in Britain and Europe. As a member of these groups Katrina has toured widely, appearing at many leading festivals around the world from Perth (Australia) to Mostly Mozart (Lincoln Center, New York), and the BBC Proms. On modern bassoon she has appeared with groups ranging from The London Chamber Orchestra (UK) to the New York Philomusica, and the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and other Canadian orchestras. The past number of years have seen her appear with various West Coast period instrument ensembles, including Early Music Vancouver, Victoria Baroque, and The Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
How to attend the Garden Concert
Send an email to Hélène Cazes including:
1. Which performance you wish to attend: August 14th, 2pm or August 15th, 2pm;
2. In case your day of choice is full, if you would be interested in the other performance;
3. The size of your party.
You will receive confirmation of your booking by email. Closer to the event, you will receive the details of the venue (address, parking restrictions, reminders of the Safety rules). Registration will be on a first come first served basis. If you do not hear from us, please use this alternate address.