While the six Baroquefest concerts on 18 – 20 October 2019 are booking out fast, seats and or ticket packages remain for the two larger concerts at All Saints Anglican Church.
On Friday 18th October at 8.00pm “Ad Hoc Baroque” will perform. Following its acclaimed program of cantatas at the 2018 festival, Canberra’s Ad Hoc Baroque returns to Canowindra with eleven musicians and singers. They will celebrate springtime with a superb cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti, “Il
Giardino d’Amore” (“The Garden of Love”), which tells the story of the goddess Venus and the love-stricken shepherd boy Adonis. Written for recorder, trumpet and strings, its duets and arias are full of musical variety, evocative descriptions of nature, and emotional feeling. They will also play a delightful
recorder concerto by Scarlatti as part of a program that captures the entertainment of the princes and cardinals of Rome around 1700.
On Saturday 19th October at 8.00 pm “Baroque Plus!” will perform. Baroquefest will celebrate modern interpretations of Baroque, as an electric viola da gamba meets Jazz in the ensemble “Elysian Fields”. Australia’s only electric viola da gamba ensemble, was formed by Jenny Eriksson, Matt Keegan and Matt McMahon in 2015, Keegan and McMahon being two of Australia’s most outstanding jazz musicians and composers. Jenny’s aim was to move beyond
just playing baroque music and to explore jazz and improvisation allowing each musician to express the full range of their interests and talents.
The “Baroque Plus!” concert will include baroque music in charts such as Elysian Fields and The Garden Party and folk music with a focus on Scandinavia (Frid På Jord, Vi Ska Ställa and Southern Cross). Pianist Matt McMahon has even set Renaissance poetry to music in the song cycle “What should I say”. This is an eclectic program to savour and enjoy!
See www.baroquefest.org.au for program details and follow the link to buy tickets, or phone 0429 443 215.