Vancouver Early Music Festival: 31 July – 14 August 2011

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Main Festival site: includes information on ticketing, and PDF brochures

Programme & Workshop site
(it may be possible to register for some of the Programmes and Workshops if space permits)

Early Music Vancouver main site

Unless indicated otherwise, all concerts are at
Roy Barnett Recital Hall at the UBC School of Music, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC campus

Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
“Frankish Phantoms”: Echoes from the Carolingian Palaces (8th-10th Centuries)
The famed Sequentia ensemble for mediæval music will open the Festival with the North American premiere of a new programme in its “Lost Songs Project”.
Sequentia ensemble for mediæval music (Benjamin Bagby, director):
Benjamin Bagby director, voice, harp
Wolodymyr Smishkewych voice
Norbert Rodenkirchen flutes, cithara, harp

Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
Baroque Lute Music by Sylvius Leopold Weiss
The eagerly awaited return visit of acclaimed lutenist Robert Barto, who has focused his career on the lute music of Weiss, the greatest lute composer of the late Baroque, and a much admired contemporary of JS Bach.
Robert Barto baroque lute

Thursday, August 4 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
“A La Guitarra”: Guitar Songs and Solos
A recital of songs and solos for voice and guitar, focusing especially on music from the 17th century.
Ellen Hargis soprano
Stephen Stubbs early guitars

Friday, August 5 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
“Love and Death in Vienna”: Baroque Music from Austria
Montreal’s acclaimed ensemble Les Voix Baroques returns with a programme of vocal and instrumental music by various composers working in Vienna in the early Baroque, including Bertali’s moving sepolcro “Maria Maddalena”.
Les Voix Baroques
Matthew White & Alexander Weimann directors

Sunday, August 7 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
“La Douceur”: Flute Music from the Court of the Sun King
A flute recital featuring music by Philidor, Hotteterre, Leclair, Raulx, and other composers from the French Baroque, by two of the world’s foremost specialists in this highly sophisticated repertoire.
Wilbert Hazelzet traverso
Jacques Ogg harpsichord

Wednesday, August 10 at 8:00 pm (no pre-concert introduction)
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC campus
Henry Purcell’s “King Arthur” – A Restoration Spectacular
Following the stunning performance of Purcell’s “The Faerie Queene” at the 2009 Festival, the centrepiece for this year will be an even more elaborate work by Purcell: the music for his Restoration spectacular “King Arthur”.
Alexander Weimann music director
Suzie LeBlanc, Ellen Hargis, Shannon Mercer, Catherine Webster sopranos
Matthew White alto
Colin Balzer, Aaron Sheehan, tenors
Tyler Duncan, Sumner Thompson, Nathaniel Watson basses/baritones
Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Festival Orchestra and Chorus

Friday, August 12 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
“Bach and Before”: German Solo Cantatas for Alto
Renowned Montreal countertenor Matthew White returns with his critically acclaimed ensemble Les Voix Baroques to perform a programme of solo cantatas by J.S. Bach and his predecessors from the German Baroque.
Matthew White alto
with the instrumental ensemble of
Les Voix Baroques
Alexander Weimann music director

Sunday, August 14 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
“Bach and Beyond”: Baroque and Classical Chamber Music
The faculty members of the Baroque Instrumental Programme conclude the Festival with an instrumental programme of chamber music by Bach and his contemporaries, and by composers heralding the new classical era.
Marc Destrubé violin
Julie Andrijeski violin & viola
Wilbert Hazelzet traverso
Jaap ter Linden violoncello
Jacques Ogg harpsichord

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