En route to Montreal from their Aug. 2 appearance in the Vancouver Bach Festival, Les Boreades de Montreal will perform the complete Brandenburg Concertos by J. S. Bach in the Okanagan, Aug. 3-4.
Concertos No. 2, 4, and 6 will be featured Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at Vernon’s Trinity United Church, and Concertos No. 1, 3, and 5 on Aug. 4, 7 p.m. at the Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts.
There will be pre-concert talks at 6:15 p.m.
The performances are part of the Vernon Proms classical music series.
Founded by Francis Colpron in 1991, Les Boreades performs the music of the Baroque with an interpretive approach informed by historical performance practice and using authentic instruments. Les Boreades has toured extensively in Canada and abroad. Besides teaching at the Universite de Montreal, Colpron is first flautist of the Portland Trinity Consort and a regular guest of other ensembles.
Les Boreades boasts a discography of 24 titles on the Atma Classique label.
In February, 1719, Bach travelled to Berlin to purchase a harpsichord for his patron, Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cothen. While there, Bach played for an appreciative Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg, who asked Bach to send some of his music.
Bach responded by adapting and personally recopying a selection of music he had written in Weimar and Cothen.
The music was probably never played in Brandenburg, and was unknown until its rediscovery in the 19th century.
The Brandenburg Concertos are not written for a consistent ensemble, but a potpourri of different instrumentations and styles.
Tickets are available through Ticket Seller for the Vernon show.
In Kelowna, tickets are available through the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.