Early Music Vancouver Presents Bach Collegium Japan: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi

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Early Music Vancouver presents Bach Collegium Japan: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi on December 9th at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading ensembles specializing in the works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, Bach Collegium Japan and acclaimed British soprano Joanne Lunn, led by music director Masaaki Suzuki perform a concert of music by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel, as well as shorter works by Conti, Marcello, and Telemann.

When: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
Tickets: From $18, available online now or by calling (604) 822-2697

Pre-concert talk at 2:15pm in the Royal Bank Cinema with Masaaki Suzuki and Joanne Lunn hosted by Matthew White

Early Music Vancouver Presents Bach Collegium Japan: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi
Photo credit: João Messias

The highly anticipated Vancouver concert begins with a performance of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor – BWV 1067. Blending the elegance of French dance suites with the energy and brilliance of Italian composers like Vivaldi, Bach likely wrote this work featuring the flute during his time as kapellmeister to the Prince of Anhalt-Köthen. The ensemble then plays Vivaldi’s beloved Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins from his collection of string concertos entitled L’Estro Armonico. Bach thought enough of this collection to transcribe six concerti from the set in various arrangements over the years.

Following these instrumental works, soprano Lunn joins the orchestra for a performance of Conti’s dramatic and virtuosic setting of an ecstatic sacred love poem, Languet anima mea. This work was included in Bach’s personal library and is said to have been performed by his wife, Anna Magdalena. It demonstrates the extent to which Bach was influenced by Italy’s vocal music as he was by its instrumental music.

The orchestra then will perform shorter instrumental works by composers that Bach admired – Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor and Telemann’s Paris Quartet No. 1 in D Major.

The concert will conclude with a performance of Handel’s spectacular sacred motet, Silete venti – HWV 242. Praised by audiences as one of Handel’s most thrilling sacred works for solo voice and chamber orchestra, it is an early cantata written during his time in Italy as a young man.

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18 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Adrea JohnsonTuesday, December 4th, 2018 — 8:04pm PST

    Would love to see this incredible performance!!

  2. EileenTuesday, December 4th, 2018 — 8:45pm PST

    I love concerts

  3. Shelley ButcherTuesday, December 4th, 2018 — 8:59pm PST

    Three of my favorite composers! ???

  4. Jason BWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 1:28am PST

    Would bookend well with my Metallica Xmas concert ticket…

  5. Jaffy LauWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 2:14am PST

    Peace, joy and love to everyone out there

  6. VivianWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 9:23am PST

    What a treat!

  7. RenateWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 9:30am PST


  8. KellyWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 10:44am PST

    I would love to see this performance!

  9. KymWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 11:35am PST

    Would love to see this performance!

  10. AmandaWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 5:04pm PST

    I would love to take my husband to see this performance! 🙂

  11. TianaWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 7:44pm PST

    Would love to take my mum

  12. Tiana dewarWednesday, December 5th, 2018 — 10:20pm PST

    My mum would love to go to this together ?

  13. tammyThursday, December 6th, 2018 — 11:48am PST

    wonderful music!

  14. Emily TFriday, December 7th, 2018 — 12:59am PST

    Yes please

  15. KristyFriday, December 7th, 2018 — 1:28pm PST

    This would be great!

  16. Jeff GriersonFriday, December 7th, 2018 — 8:48pm PST

    This is neat!

  17. Season LauSaturday, December 8th, 2018 — 11:17pm PST

    nice concert

  18. Christina KosiancicThursday, December 13th, 2018 — 3:40pm PST

    Would be such a magical performance to enjoy!

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