Tuesday, June 30
Please join us on June 30 at 6:45pm EDT for an intimate chamber concert, streamed live from the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. During these times when it is not possible for us to gather in person, the Toronto Bach Festival offers this concert as a gift to our audiences, near and far.
This all-Bach program features four outstanding artists: John Abberger, oboe; Julia Wedman, violin; Felix Deak, cello; and Christopher Bagan, harpsichord; and includes the premiere of my arrangement of Bach's three-part Ricercar from the Musical Offering.
Generations of musicians across the centuries have marvelled at the ability of Bach’s music to transcend the genres and settings for which it was originally written. Bach himself frequently repurposed his compositions, transcribing instrumental concertos for the keyboard, adapting choral compositions to a new text, and even transforming vocal music into instrumental music.
Many of the works we will perform in this short program were originally written for different instruments. In every case, the musical content of Bach’s original conception shines through unmistakably, and is, at the same time, heard in a different way, just as a great painting can suddenly seem fresh and new when viewed from a different perspective.
I've just recorded an interesting video conversation with writer Rick Phillips about a core value of the Toronto Bach Festival: period performance practice. You can watch the video anytime on our YouTube channel, and at 6:45p.m on June 30th, right before the 7:0p.m. concert.
I hope you will join us on June 30th.
John Abberger, Artistic Director
Toronto Bach Festival