The 2021 Pacific Baroque Festival includes an exciting slate of five concerts, performed by the West Coast's leading early music performers. Safety protocols will be in place including reduced capacity and distanced seats. Each concert will last no more than an hour and there will be no intermission.
SEPTEMBER 8 - 13, 2021 at Alix Goolden Hall & Christ Church Cathedral
The Pacific Baroque Festival is co-presented by the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Christ Church Cathedral Victoria and EMV
The Pacific Baroque Festival is sponsored by the Renaissance Retirement Residence
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 Frescobaldi's toccatas 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.
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.