All-Bach concert set for Sunday afternoon

Special to The Daily Courier

Come and see why Johann Sebastian Bach is hailed the greatest music genius who ever lived.

An All-Bach concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael’s Cathedral on Sutherland Avenue. It’s part of the Vernon Proms classical music series.

An ensemble of top Okanagan musicians will perform, including Susan Schaffer, concertmaster, Denis Letourneau, violin, Ashley Kroecher, viola, Martin Kratky, cello, Akane Setiavan, oboe, Christine Moore, flute, Anna Logan, flute, Darko Cuk, double-bass, and Jim Leonard, harpsichord and organ.

Terry Pitt-Brooke leads the Early Music Okanagan’s singers, with Andrea Roberts (soprano), Kathryn Lockhart (mezzo-soprano), and Alex Wedensky (bass-baritone) as vocal soloists.

Natalia Polchenko, the concert organizer and Vernon Proms artistic director, says: “We have decided to keep All-Bach concerts an annual tradition after their great success last year. We had sold out our Kelowna concert and have heard many requests to keep the series going. The secret for the series’ success is that we alternate between instrumental and vocal music, slow and fast pieces, and keep it short and sweet. For the program, we choose some familiar bellowed pieces and intersperse them with not-so-known gems.

This year program includes a Concerto for violin and oboe (BWV 1060R), an all-time favourite Sicilliano for flute and harpsichord, popular arias and a chorus from Christmas Oratorio and various cantatas.

In the second half of the concert, you’ll hear less-known Mass in A major BWV234 —described as a gorgeous and quirky piece of music.

The Proms is running until Aug. 4, with the finale in Kelowna.

In a co-production with Early Music Vancouver, a 21-piece Baroque orchestra from Montreal, Les Boreades, will play complete Brandenburg concertos. Part 1 is in Venon on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church (tickets through Ticket Seller). Part 2 is in Kelowna on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Irwin Theatre. Tickets through the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.