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Vancouver Bach Festival
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018
Early Music Vancouver (EMV) proudly presents the return of the Vancouver Bach Festival.
Since its inaugural iteration in 2016, the festival has grown to offer a remarkable 15 concerts ranging from intimate chamber music programmes to concerts featuring full orchestra, soloists, and a choir.
This year’s festival includes performances by many of the top west coast artists specializing in period performance, as well as by gifted artists from all over Europe. EMV is particularly delighted to welcome back Switzerland’s celebrated Gli Angeli Genève to participate in EMV’s first-ever ensemble-in-residence program, which will involve members of this internationally-acclaimed ensemble performing in six concerts throughout the festival.
“Earlier this summer, I had a chance to visit for the first time some of the most important places in Bach’s life. Sitting in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, it struck me as extraordinary the extent to which the work of this deeply religious man from eighteenth-century Thuringia continues to have a life-changing effect on so many people from so many different backgrounds,” says Matthew White, executive and artistic director of EMV.
“In a world where classical and other non-corporate music is increasingly being relegated to the edges of public awareness, his name is still one of the most powerful advocates for communicating the values inherent in deeply inspiring music of any type. The name Bach means great music – period. This is our most ambitious festival yet and we look forward to sharing Bach’s incredible music with more audiences than ever before this summer.”
This year’s expanded festival commences with another entry from EMV’s ‘Goldberg Experience’, as celebrated French harpsichordistBenjamin Alard puts his stamp on Bach’s beloved Goldberg Variations. The following evening, iconic Canadian pianist Angela Hewittcontinues her four-year project to perform Bach’s entire keyboard repertoire by returning to play his Well Tempered Clavier – Book 1 at the Chan Centre.
Further highlights include the return of audience favourite countertenor Reginald L. Mobley with Pacific MusicWorks in a programme that highlights J.S. Bach’s most famous solo cantata – Ich Habe Genug- BWV 82; a romantic instrumental program from Monica Huggett and Byron Schenkman; as well as performances of Bach cantatas by the full orchestra and choir of Gli Angeli Genéve. The festival will reach a dramatic conclusion with a large-scale performance of J.S. Bach’s great Trauer Ode and Cantata BWV 146 featuring the soloists of Gli Angeli Genéve and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) led by Alexander Weimann.
Last year’s popular weekday afternoon concert series will also return, offering a diverse and delightful selection of programmes including Schubert lieder accompanied on an original early 19th century guitar, Mozart Sonatas for fortepiano and violin, Britten’s Abraham and Isaac, and more.
J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) is regarded as one of the greatest composers in Western musical history. His legacy includes some of the most beautiful and well-crafted music ever written. Almost three centuries after Bach’s passing, his vast catalogue of works are still revered, studied, and reinterpreted by music lovers across the globe. His name is synonymous with music.
Check the Early Music Vancouver website for a complete listing of events including exact dates and times.