Early Mu­sic Voices un­der­goes re­nais­sance

Calgary Herald - - YOU - KEN­NETH DE­LONG

On Sun­day, at Christ Church in El­bow Park, Early Mu­sic Voices will present a con­cert of late-Re­nais­sance and early-Baroque mu­sic fea­tur­ing the renowned early mu­sic so­prano Kather­ine Hill from Toronto. The con­cert, fo­cus­ing upon vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal rar­i­ties of the pe­riod, will also fea­ture String The­ory, a new early mu­sic string ensem­ble com­prised of Cal­gary-based string play­ers.

The con­cert is the first event in the so­ci­ety ’s 20th an­niver­sary sea­son. The re­sult of much ded­i­ca­tion and per­sis­tence, but es­pe­cially of Julie Har­ris, the so­ci­ety ’s found­ing di­rec­tor, Early Mu­sic Voices now of­fers the Cal­gary pub­lic a se­ries of an­nual con­certs that has pre­sented ma­jor works by great com­posers of the past, such as Han­del and Bach, and has also of­fered un­usual pro­grams de­voted to a more es­o­teric reper­toire.

Founded by Har­ris af­ter her re­turn to Cal­gary fol­low­ing a pe­riod of study in the Nether­lands and Toronto, Early Mu­sic Voices has, over the years, pre­sented a re­mark­able se­ries of in­ter­na­tional soloists, in­clud­ing so­pra­nos Ka­rina Gau­vin and Suzie Le­blanc. This year, the con­cert lineup will in­clude An­drea Scholl, one of with world’s lead­ing coun­tertenors.

Re­cently ex­pand­ing to in­clude larger works, Early Mu­sic Voices has pre­sented pro­grams that in­clude Bach’s Mag­ni­fi­cat and Pur­cell’s Ode on St. Ce­cilia’s Day. This year, the con­certs will in­clude a com­plete per­for­mance of Mon­teverdi’s grandly ex­pan­sive Ves­pers of 1610, one of the great­est works of the early-Baroque pe­riod.

Early Mu­sic Voices has in­spired the de­vel­op­ment of the in­stru­men­tal side of early mu­sic in the city, and now reg­u­larly per­forms with Rosa Barocca, a cham­ber or­ches­tra de­voted to pe­riod in­stru­ment per­for­mance. With the CPO tak­ing a year off from its an­nual per­for­mance of Han­del’s Mes­siah, Early Mu­sic Voices is step­ping into the gap and at Christ­mas is of­fer­ing a pe­riod-per­for­mance of this ever­green mas­ter­piece with a 16-voice choir and with top lo­cal soloists.

Over the years, the au­di­ence for these con­certs has grown, and it is now cus­tom­ary to see the pews of Christ Church filled on Sun­day af­ter­noons with pa­trons who have come to en­joy the rare works.

The Oct. 28 pro­gram, for ex­am­ple, will in­clude an in­stru­men­tal work by lit­tle-known Frenchi­fied Ital­ian com­poser Michele Mascitti, based on the story of Cupid and Psy­che. As well-known as more fa­mous Ital­ian com­posers in his day, such as Al­bi­noni or Vi­valdi, his

mu­sic has be­come ob­scure, and it is likely to be the first time Cal­gar­i­ans will hear his mu­sic played live.

Kather­ine Hill

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