Friday, November 26, 2010

4th Festival Bach de Montréal (FBM), Nov. 26 to Dec. 8

Today, the 4th Festival Bach de Montréal (FBM) - or Montreal Back Festival en Anglais - kicks off 13 days of music by Johann Sebastian Bach with a performance of the St. John Passion by Arion Orchestre Baroque & Les Voix baroques. In addition to concerts, the festival includes a talk by Harvard professor and director of the Leipzig Bach Archive Christoph Wolff and a masterclass by period cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. The closing concert will be a complete performance of the Cello Suites by Queyras.

Highlights of the festival include Flying Bach, a performance by breakdancers(!) to Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Keyboard). Catrin Finch plays the complete Goldberg Variations on harp. The Children’s passion is a family-friendly show. Michael Zaugg and the St. Lawrence Choir present a singalong program of Christmas chorales plus music by Buxtehude, Praetorius and Mendelssohn, as well as traditional carols. In addition to high-profile ensembles such as The English Concert and l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a you can catch a free lunchtime concert by young up-and-coming organists.

The festival continues until December 8.

Complete schedule (click here for pdf): 

26.11. Opening Concert, Arion, Orchestre Baroque, St.John Passion ,
27.11. Arion, Orchestre Baroque, St.John Passion
28.11. St. Lawrence Choir , Sing along
28.11. Theater of Early Music, Daniel Taylor, Cantatas
28.11. Red Bull Flying Bach
29.11. Red Bull Flying Bach
30.11. VivaVoce, Peter Schubert, Early cantatas
30.11. Red Bull Flying Bach
1.12.  Ensemble Caprice, To guest by Bachc
1.12. The splendours of the Organ, Fabio Bonizzoni
2.12. The English Concert, David Daniels
3.12. Catrin Finch, Goldberg Variations
4.12. McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott, Violinconcerti
4.12. voces boreales, Michael Zaugg, Little Match Girl Passion
5.12. Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Christopher Jackson, Motets
6.12. Christoph Wolff, Conference, The Bach Expedition
7.12. Jean-Guihen Queyras, Masterclass
8.12.Closing Concert, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Suites for Cello

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