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2017 Early Music Alberta Festival

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Presbyterian-First Church

10025 105 Street Northwest

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MAY 5, 6 and 7, 2017
2017 EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

First Presbyterian Church
10025 105 St NW, Edmonton

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 7:00- 7:30 PM
Artist talk; One of the musicians featured in the concert will talk about the music, its history, its historical context.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 8:00 PM
The Scona Chamber Singers under the direction of John Brough will perform:
MUSIC OF THE REFORMATION AND COUNTER-REFORMATION

2017 marks the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. This concert will feature choral music of composers of the late renaissance and early Baroque who were influenced by protestant reformation movements across Europe, as well as composers of the Counter-reformation.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017, 3:00PM
COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE CONCERT

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017, 7:00- 7:30 PM
Artist talk; One of the musicians featured in the concert will talk about the music, its history, its historical context.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017, 8:00PM
CONCERTO GROSSO
A program of Italian concerti grossi by Corelli and Geminiani.

The end of the 17th century brought the emergence of what we know today as the concerto grosso. In its basic form the baroque concerto grosso is a multi-movement work which contrasts a small group of solo instruments concertino i.e; two violins, cello, and harpsichord, against a full string orchestra and continuo known as the ripieno.

The concerto grosso was purely an Italian innovation from the mid 17th century. Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682), an important composer in the Italian peninsula at the time, seems to have been the first composer to write a work of music which involved a group of solo instruments with orchestra. Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was the first well known composer to title his works for multiple solo instruments “Concerto Grosso” (Grand Concert). Correlli’s concerto works were to be extremely influential for later composers such as Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), and George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).

The concerto grosso had a multiple movement form, usually: slow-fast-slow-fast-slow-fast. The titles of each movement would often be: Largo-Allegro-Adagio-Presto-Largo- Allegro.

Musicians from around the province will come together to play this spectacular concert of works that became some of the most influential music ever written.

Naomie Delafield, Laura Veeze, Gabriele Thielmann, Louise Stuppard, baroque violin
Ronelle Schaufele, baroque viola
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello, viola da gamba
Joelle Morton, baroque bass
Marnie Giesbrecht, harpsichord

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017, 7:00- 7:30 PM
Artist talk. One of the musicians featured in the concert will talk about the music, its history, and its historical context.

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017, 8:00PM
ALIO MODO
A program featuring works by Bach transcribed for viola da gamba consort. Bach’s flowing contrapuntal lines lie well on these instruments and this particular setting is especially effective at conveying his intricate counterpoint.

This consort is a so called “low consort” with 2 tenors, two basses and a violone (as opposed to a “high consort” with trebles, tenors and basses). Since we do not have any violones in Alberta, we have invited a guest from Maryland who will drive across the continent to join us for this concert.

Given that there are very few professional viola da gamba players in Alberta and given the extreme difficulty of this program, musicians for this concert come from all over the world: Two from the USA, one from Toronto, one from Basel Switzerland and one from Edmonton.

Elizabeth Rumsey – treble and tenor viols
Joëlle Morton – tenor viol
Debra Lonergan – bass viol
Josephine Van Lier – consort bass viol
Marilyn Fung – G violone


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