Early Music Vancouver presents music of 17th-century Italy and Austria on February 24

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      Early Music Vancouver will present an online performance of Italian and Austrian music from the 1600s this Wednesday (February 24).

      The program, part of EMV's Digital Concert Hall series, will include works by Dario Castello, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Bertali, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, and Heinrich Ignaz Frans van Biber.

      "The audience for ‘classical music’ is well familiar with instrumental music from Corelli to Stravinsky," reads the event info, "but largely ignores some wonderful repertoire composed before and since.

      "This program highlights instrumental music composed in Austria and Italy in the 17th century, a time when composers innovated and experimented with musical forms, and explored the technical possibilities and distinct sonorities of individual instruments, including the sackbut (early trombone) and dulcian (early bassoon) as well as string and keyboard instruments."

      Performers will include Marc Destrubé (violin), Kathryn Wiebe (violin), Jeremy Berkman (sackbut), Natalie Mackie (viola da gamba), Katrina Russell (dulcian), and Michael Jarvis (organ).

      The concert takes place at 7:30 pm Pacific time and you can view it here.