Early Music Vancouver has just announced the lineup for its 2022 Vancouver Bach Festival, which will run from July 26 to August 6.
Subtitled "Scottish Baroque and Other Traditions", the festival will feature events at various venues, including the Chan Centre, Christ Church Cathedral, Pyatt Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden, The Wolf & Hound, and UBC’s Sage Bistro.
Highlights of the festival include:
* The opening concert, July 27 at the Chan Centre, which will feature Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam, EMV artists-in-residence, and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in a musical celebration of water, featuring works by Handel, Telemann, and Alasdair MacLean.
* A Curious Collection of Tunes, July 28 at Christ Church Cathedral, an exploration of the repertoire of Scottish tunes and their relationship with other traditions, featuring David Greenberg (violin), David McGuiness (keyboard), and Kirsty Money (nyckelharpa).
* Resounding Hildegard: Echoes of the Abbess in the Present Day, July 28 at Christ Church Cathedral, in which Ensemble Arkora explores the connections between past and present with a concert presenting new works by Canadian composers and ancient masterworks.
* From The Court of Louis XIV to Shippagan, August 2 at Christ Church Cathedral, in which Acadian folk songs from Shippagan in Acadie are contrasted with 17th Century ‘airs de cour’ from the French court of Louis the XIV, featuring performances by Suzie LeBlanc, Vincent Lauzer, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, and Sylvain Bergeron.
* The Next Generation: Baroque Innovations, August 3 at Pyatt Hall, featuring the next generation of musicians--Ellen Torrie (soprano); Marie Nadeau-Tremblay (violin); Sylvain Bergeron (lute)--performing works by Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi, Henry Purcell, and J.H. Schmelzer.
One of the festival's special events is Rondeau, July 26 at UBC's Sage Bistro, featuring host Bill Richardson, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Lucas Harris (theorbo), and EMV artists-in-residence David Greenberg and David McGuiness.
"Artists-in-residence David McGuinness (Scotland) and David Greenberg (US/Canada) will make you want to get up and dance as they weave traditional tunes with baroque sonatas!,” says EMV’s artistic and executive director Suzie LeBlanc in a press release. “They will take us on a tour of the traditional folk music of Scotland and Cape Breton while other concerts in the festival will take us to Acadia, Sweden, and Métis musical traditions. Join us and discover the hidden threads between these different cultural traditions and well-known Baroque works by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Muffat, and Couperin.”
Earlybird tickets for the Vancouver Bach Festival go on sale June 1 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time and you can find them here.