Taking the place of its 2020-2021 programming, EMV's Digital Concert Hall is free to the public with concerts released on a bi-weekly basis until June.

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) has announced the second half of its 51st season will continue with eleven concerts through to June 2020, featuring a diverse range of programs as part of its Digital Concert Hall series.

The second half of EMV’s season comes following a successful first half with the initial batch of digital concerts that debuted between September and December of 2020, garnering more than 10,000 views, with audiences watching from across Canada, the United States, Europe and beyond.

Largely programmed by former EMV executive and artistic director Matthew White, who is now the CEO of the Victoria Symphony, the concerts are hosted by author and former CBC radio host Bill Richardson. The concerts will premiere on EMV’s YouTube channel and channel 710 for Telus Optik subscribers and are available to watch for one year after each premiere date.

The new season kicks off with Vivaldi & Bach: The Trio Sonata in the 18th Century (Jan 13). Performed by veterans of the early music movement, the program is a sampling of Baroque chamber music from J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and French composers Jean-Marie Leclair and Marin Marais.

In January, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) performs under the direction of music director Alexander Weimann. In J.S. Bach Concertos (Jan 27), the PBO performs each concerto with a trio of soloists.

In February, EMV brings out the historic and restored 1870 Broadwood piano that still possesses its original parts for Love Near, Love Far (Feb 10) in a concert of 19th-century songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Gounod, Cécile Chaminade, and Hugo Wolf. In Over the Alps: Music of 17th Century Italy & Austria (Feb 24), the program highlights instrumental music composed in Austria and Italy in the 17th-century, when composers innovated and experimented with musical forms.

March sees EMV’s Baroque Mentorship Orchestra take to the digital stage with Corelli, Janitsch, and J.B. Bach (Mar 10) and the return of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra with New Music for Old Instruments (Mar 24)

In April comes Dynamic Duos: Memorable Partnerships in 18th Century England (Apr 7), and in Itinerant Gardens (Apr 21), audiences will take a journey across regions and eras.

May’s concerts include Angela Hewitt in Recital: Bach & Couperin (May 5), in which the Canadian pianist returns to EMV for a program of J.S. Bach and François Couperin. In Metamorfosi (May 19), soprano Suzie LeBlanc and Ensemble Constantinople reinvent the pages left by Renaissance Venetian madrigalist Barbara Strozzi.

The series concludes in June with Concerti Virtuosi (Jun 2) as recorder soloist Vincent Lauzer joins the Pacific Baroque Orchestra with Handel and his Italian contemporaries’ music.

Thanks to EMV donors and government partners’ support, its Digital Concert Series are available to watch for free. EMV is asking people to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the organization at each of these virtual concerts instead of purchasing tickets.

Visit earlymusic.bc.ca for more information on its Digital Concert Hall series.