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
In the Palace of Versailles, the Sun King Emperor Louis XIV held a court widely known for its extravagance. He celebrated the arts and employed many musicians to play ballets, operas, and other official ceremonies for the entertainment of foreign guests. French Elegance is a concert of music from this period, exuding the glory of France through the mighty chaconne.
Explore the brilliant music of the violin virtuosos of 17th and 18th century Italy. Early Italian composers were masters in defining genres, from Monteverdi’s operas to Vivaldi’s concertos to Corelli’s sonatas. This concert highlights the versatility of Italian expression over an ever-steady ground bass.
The music of 17th century Germany was still highly influenced by the Protestant Reformation. Led by a new approach to writing for the church, composers explored the depths of their own beliefs through music. Drawing from new musical ideas and forms that emerged in other regions, such as the chaconne and passacaglia, the brilliant composers of our German Depth concert skillfully adapted them to their more profound local tastes.
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