THE 2020 PACIFIC BAROQUE FESTIVAL​:

A Galant Feast 

The 2019-20 Pacific Baroque Series culminates in the 16th annual Pacific Baroque Festival, running from March 5 - March 8, 2020. Led by long-time Artistic Director, Marc Destrubé, the festival features five lively events held at the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Alix Goolden Hall and at Christ Church Cathedral.

Join us for an exciting musical exploration of the Galant - an original and utterly charming musical style that emerged from an enlightened Europe in the eighteenth century. Its style was shaped by a simpler, more direct musical language best exemplified by the music of C.P.E. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, late Telemann and early Mozart. At this year’s festival you will also encounter rich and compelling works of lesser known but gifted composers including Baldassare Galuppi, Nicola Porpora, Carl Abel, John Christian Bach and Johann Krebs.  The Galant period gave birth to a range of new musical styles, notably the symphony and the modern sonata as well as a new framework for the concerto.  Jaap ter Linden (gamba), Wilbert Hazelzet (baroque flute) and Jacques Ogg (harpsichord) - three Dutch masters of the period instrument revival – will join Festival Artistic Director Marc Destrubé (baroque violin), organist Lorenzo Ghielmi, the Victoria Children’s Choir, St Christopher Singers and the Pacific Baroque Festival Ensemble in revealing the captivating music of this Galant era.

The Pacific Baroque Festival is co-presented by the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Christ Church Cathedral Victoria.

The Pacific Baroque Festival is sponsored by the Renaissance Retirement Residence

'FASHIONABLY LATE' - A Morning at London’s Bach-Abel Concerts

The Victoria Conservatory of Music's Alix Goolden Performance Hall

March 05, 2020

11:00AM

The Bach-Abel concerts were England’s first subscription concerts, organized between 1765 and 1782 by J.C. Bach and C.F. Abel. Featuring almost exclusively instrumental music, a great number of symphonies, overtures, concertos, airs from the opera as well as chamber music by Bach, Abel, Haydn and their contemporaries received their English premieres at the Wednesday performances. 

Paul Luchkow, baroque violin
Sam Stadlen, viola da gamba
Michael Jarvis, harpsichord

'GALANT & ELEGANT'

Christ Church Cathedral

March 05, 2020

8PM

Multiple Diaposan d’or organist Lorenzo Ghielmi has prepared a superb program bridging the baroque-galant divide.  Organist of the Ahrend organ in the historic Basilica San Simpliciano, Milan, Ghielmi’s comprehensive insight of both the baroque and galant period is evidenced in an expressive selection of music fashioned to reveal the relationship between these two musical styles. 

Lorenzo Ghielmi, organ

'STYLE GALANTE' - Dutch Masters

The Victoria Conservatory of Music's Alix Goolden Performance Hall

March 06, 2020

8PM

Marc Destrubé is joined by three Dutch masters of the period instrument movement in a program of highly expressive chamber music from the mid -18th century. These four musicians have individually enjoyed illustrious careers as soloists, chamber musicians and musical leaders around the world and have performed and recorded frequently together.

Wilbert Hazelzet - traverso

Marc Destrubé - violin

Jaap ter Linden - cello

Jacques Ogg - harpsichord

'L'EUROPE GALANTE' - A Grand Tour

The Victoria Conservatory of Music's Alix Goolden Performance Hall

March 07, 2020

8PM

In the mid-18th century a musical style evolved (Empfindsamer Stil) that was a reaction to the formality of baroque styles and gave composers (and poets) freer reign to express "true and natural" feelings. Featuring sudden contrasts of mood and character, it opened the door to later romanticism. Its greatest exponent was J.S. Bach’s second son, Carl Philip Emmanuel. As travel became more widespread in the 18th century, many young men (and a few young ladies) were expected to round off their education with a Grand Tour of Italy. A featured stop was one of the four Venetian Ospedalia with their acclaimed female choirs. Two of these choirs were directed by widely travelled Italian composers Baldassare Galuppi (who visited C.P.E. Bach in Berlin) and Nicola Porpora, both of whom adapted aspects of this new style to their similarStyle galante. They both composed exquisite vocal works, two of which will be performed by the extraordinary Victoria Children’s Choir.

Wilbert Hazelzet, flute

Jacques Ogg and Michael Jarvis, harpsichords

Victoria Children’s Choir and soloists

Madeleine Humer, director

Pacific Baroque Festival Orchestra

Marc Destrubé, director

'CHORAL EVENSONG' - Divine Music to Harmonise the Soul

Christ Church Cathedral

March 08, 2020

4:30PM

The Pacific Baroque Festival ends with a Service featuring the sacred music of the Galant period and providing a perspective on the music being composed for the English church of this period.

St. Christopher Singers

Donald Hunt, Director of Music

Pacific Baroque Festival Ensemble

Marc Destrubé, Director

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THE PACIFIC BAROQUE FESTIVAL IS SUPPORTED BY

OLIVE OLIO'S PASTA & ESPRESSO BAR | GOOD BROTHERS DEVELOPMENTS

DAVID & PEP GROOS FUND FOR VOCAL MUSIC, VICTORIA FOUNDATION 

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