EMSI 2015–2016 Concert Series
Byron Schenkman, one of EMSI’s favourite performers and known for his effervescent virtuosity, returns to Victoria with a programme of keyboard masterpieces by Handel (op. 4, no. 2 and no. 4) and Haydn (H.XVIII:3).
“Byron Schenkman & Friends display dashing musicianship” The Seattle Times
In the baroque era, chaconnes, with their steady harmonic progressions, were associated with the concept of eternity. Composers from across Europe, including Bach, Falconieri, Merula, Vitali, and Rebel used the chaconne form to transcend the boundaries of time.
“The artists’ physical involvement and infectious enjoyment, conveyed through body rhythms and expression, were what music should always be about.” Washington Post
Dialogos explores early polyphony from Winchester (10th–11th centuries) in a semi-staged performance with English subtitles. Through the voice of Wulfstan the Cantor, we follow the path of a penitent man haunted by his visionary dreams, trying to escape from three raging Furies, wild as wolves, and finally finding salvation from Swithun, saint of all miracles.
“As an aural and visual experience it was one of the most moving events of this year’s Festival.” The Herald (Scotland)
Soloists: Jolle Greenleaf, Catherine Webster, Laura Pudwell, Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Sumner Thompson
Thirteen vocal soloists, a string band, cornetti and sackbuts, three theorbos, multiple keyboards and the St. Christopher Singers join together to recreate the joyful celebration of Christmas Vespers as it might have been heard under the direction of Michael Praetorius in 17th-century Germany. In the spirit of celebration, the audience will join the assembled mass musical forces in singing favorite early Christmas carols.
“The music was balanced and period-perfect. The whole effort felt authentic in a natural, unforced way…David Fallis is a magician.” Toronto Star
A Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project produced by Early Music Vancouver in partnership with EMSI, the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Early Music Guild of Seattle. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Quebec. In cooperation with Christ Church Cathedral.
Steven Devine, harpsichord and direction UK
Spectacular large scale baroque suites by Handel, Telemann and Rameau are performed by one of the largest baroque orchestras ever to appear on a Victoria stage. Directed by Steven Devine, one of Britain’s most distinguished harpsichordists and conductors.
“…oozing virtuosic exuberance.” BBC Music Magazine
Victoria Baroque Players are “Lively, sensitive, and stylish” Times Colonist
Music familiar to Bach’s father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, a Stadtpfeifer in the town band of Arnstadt, performed on shawms, recorders, sackbuts and bagpipes by one of today’s most respected Renaissance wind ensembles. Works by Isaac, Luther, Praetorius, Obrecht and Lassus, plus the popular dances of the day that underlie and inform all Baroque music.
“Energetic but fastidious performers: the recorder playing has a gorgeous, woody transparency; the reeds and sackbuts are raucous, bright and precisely tuned” New York Times
A magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music—five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. Includes stage direction, narration, and stunning projected images.
“…much more than a concert … an experience that transcends its many components to create a special, all-encompassing experience that makes one forget time and place for two bliss-filled hours.” The Toronto Star
Founded in 1970, Collegium Vocale Gent is one of the most venerable and celebrated ensembles in the world of early music. They have traveled the world to ecstatic acclaim and now, at long last, make their Victoria debut, performing Orlande de Lassus’s monumental Lagrime di San Pietro.
“a superb performance of Orlande de Lassus’s powerful 16th century Lagrime di San Pietro.” The Times (London)
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