SEASON 2017/2018

Early Music Alberta presents:

May, 4, 5 and 6, 2018

Early Music Alberta will once again hold its Early Music Festival in 2018!
We have a spectacular line-up of events with concerts, masterclasses, workshops and more! I am proud to say that this year’s’ concerts will feature an impressive lineup of local musicians. Festival passes are for sale on our website now.

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May, 4, 5 and 6, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018
“Music of the Sistine Chapel”
The Scola Cantorum of St Joseph’s Basilica.
Roderick Bryce director

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May, 4, 5 and 6, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018
“Stylus Phantasticus”
Music from late 16th century Germany including Bach, Buxtehude, Biber, Reincken.
Dawn Bailey, soprano
Laura Veeze, baroque violin
Frédéric Payant, baroque trumpet
Pablo Montes, baroque bassoon
Josephine van Lier, viola da gamba
Mathilde van Wijnen, basse de violon (Netherlands)
Jeanne Yang, harpsichord

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May, 4, 5 and 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018
“Barockin’ Bass”
Music for two cellos, cello and bassoon, cello and bass and a combination of all four!
Mathilde van Wijnen, baroque cello (Netherlands)
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello
Pablo Montes, baroque bassoon
James Mallet, baroque bass

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Of Gods, Myths, and Musicians!
Virtuoso 18th Century Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Paul Luchkow, baroque violin
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello
Michael Jarvis, harpsichord

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:30 PM
St. Paul’s United Church, 11526 – 76 Avenue, Edmonton

Tickets are $40, $30 for seniors and members.
Student tickets are $10.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Paul Luchkow and Michael Jarvis, two of Canada’s leading early music performers, will make a rare Edmonton appearance performing a programme of virtuoso chamber music from the Baroque period for baroque violin and harpsichord.

Music by Handel, Telemann, Couperin, Biber, and highlights from their newest CD of Mythological Sonatas, op. 25 by Michel Corrette will be featured.

Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th Century to the present day on modern and period instruments. In addition to the Victoria Baroque Players, he is a regular feature of Vancouver’s Early Music scene. Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver, the Early Music Society of the Islands, as well as at Victoria’s Pacific Baroque Festival. In demand as a leader, guest director, and educator, Paul has worked with Per Sonatori: Regina’s Baroque period-instrument ensemble, VoiceScapes and Spiritus Chamber Choir in Calgary, and he has given performances and masterclasses at universities across western Canada. As an adjudicator, Paul frequently hears and encourages young musicians across British Columbia. A highlight of recent years has been his work with fortepianist Michael Jarvis and their exploration of Baroque, Classical and Romantic sonata repertoire on period instruments. They have two recordings: Hummel Sonatas (nominated for a Western Canada Music Award) for fortepiano and violin / viola, and Sonatas, op. 25 on Mythological Subjects by the French composer Michel Corrette, which was just released on Canada’s prestigious Marquis Classics label in September 2017. Paul makes his home in Victoria, BC, Canada with his wife and children.

Michael Jarvis is one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists and continuo players, and is in demand as a coach and collaborative artist. A frequent performer throughout Canada, he has also performed with many of Canada’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles (from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA), accompanied, conducted, or played continuo for many of Canada’s finest singers and has appeared as soloist or continuo player at many festivals throughout North America. He may be heard on the Marquis Classics, Hungaroton, ATMA, Naxos, Solitudes and Avalon CD labels, and has many times broadcast nationally and regionally for the C.B.C., as well as nationally across the U.S. on N.P.R. His and violinist Paul Luchkow’s CD of Hummel’s op. 5 violin sonatas was chosen as a finalist as best classical album of the year in the Western Canadian Music Awards 2013. His new CD with Paul, Michel Corrette’s Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin, Op. 25 (on mythological themes) was released on Canada’s renowned Marquis CD label in September 2017. Michael was featured on two national Canadian television specials for Bravo: “A Baroque Christmas” and “A Baroque Easter”. He was also co-host and star of the 13-part television series “Come into the Parlour” for Bravo-tv. He also conducted in Toronto the world premiere of the chamber opera “Cassandra” by Vancouver composer Ian McAndrew, to glowing reviews in Opera Canada. His performing editions of 17th and 18th century choral and organ music have been published by GIA, Chicago. He has taught harpsichord and continuo at the University of Toronto, Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and at Havergal College, Toronto, and fortepiano at the University of British Columbia. When he is not playing early music, Michael lives with his partner Carolyn Sinclair and Kona, the Abyssinian cat, in Victoria, BC, Canada, and is an avid collector of early jazz and early opera 78 rpm recordings and is an early phonograph/gramophone restorer.

Fundraising Concert
Friday, February 23, 2018
80 Windermere Drive SW
Edmonton, AB

7:30 PM- Doors open
8:00 PM – Concert

Tickets are $150. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of each ticket.
Pre-purchase only.
Seating for this special event is limited.

Jolaine Kerley, soprano
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello
James Mallet, baroque bass

This event is a fundraising concert for Early Music Alberta. Your support is really appreciated!

This program features rarely performed, exquisite arias for soprano, obligato cello and continuo by Fiore, Ballarotti, Ziani, Sabadini and Magni.

Soprano Jolaine Kerley will move you to tears performing these heartbreakingly beautiful, early Italian arias.
Of course the cello played a major role in the continuo of operas, but these composers began to give the instrument some wonderful obligato arias that will be heard on this program.
Used as an ‘instrumental’ voice, the cello can animate and extend the ideas put forth in the words and in the soprano’s music.

As string makers in Northern Italy invented a way to wind the low strings of the cello with metal (copper or silver), which allowed them to make the strings thinner and the response quicker, many composers started to compose for the cello as a solo instrument. Some works on the program will be these earliest works for cello and continuo by Fiore and some unknown composers.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, performances often took place in the intimate setting of a Drawing Room in someone’s home. This year’s fundraising concert will be held in the Sabo-Salon. Located in South-West Edmonton, the performance in the Great Chamber of this home will give you the opportunity to have a musical experience much like some of our ancestors would have had during the baroque era. You have the opportunity to be close to the musicians, listening to some of the greatest music ever written, and be in the comfort of a home. You will feel transported to earlier times.

The evening also offers a chance to participate in our Adopt-A-Musician program. You can sponsor, in part or completely, the fees or travel cost of musicians performing during the festival. You could also sponsor an entire concert. Every little bit helps!
Our Adopt-A-Musician program is available online also.
We will issue a tax receipt for every donation.

Do you collect airline points or AirMiles which you would like to donate? Our Dutch guest for the May 2018 Festival, Mathilde van Wijnen will be travelling with a Basse de Violon to Edmonton and will need two seats: one for her and one for her “over-sized-cello”!
Curious? Please visit our website, or contact me personally for more information!

Looking for a Christmas gift? Why not give Fundraising Concert Ticket to that special person in your life?

German Baroque Cantatas

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St. Edmonton

Dawn Bailey, soprano
Aoife Bonaventura, alto
Ian Bannerman, tenor
Roderick Bryce, bass
Erin Wong, baroque violin
Gabriele Thielmann, baroque violin
Leanne Maitland, baroque viola
Josephine van Lier, tenor viola da gamba, baroque cello
Pablo Montes, baroque bassoon
Erik Reinart, harpsichord, organ

The beautiful sanctuary of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Edmonton will be the stage where a stunning lineup of some of Alberta’s finest baroque musicians will perform cantatas and instrumental music by Bach, Graupner, Telemann, and Handel. This is a concert not to be missed!

The cantata, or sacred concerto (as Bach probably would have called his early cantatas), is a style of vocal music for individual or group of solo voices with instruments, and a style favoured by Schütz and Buxtehude that was very popular especially in Germany in the 18th century.

On the program:

Pachelbel: Was Gott tut das ist wohl getan
Telemann: Fleuch der Luste Zauberauen
Handel: Trio Sonata opus 2 #5
Bach: Der Herr denket an uns BWV 196
Handel: Gloria
Telemann: Quartet for 2 violins, bassoon and continuo
Graupner: Jesu fuhre meine Seele
Bach: Nach dir, Herr BWV 150

ITALIAN MUSIC for lute and theorbo

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017, 7:30 PM

MICHELE CARRECA, lute & theorbo (Italy)

Michele Carreca was born in Foggia and graduated in lute at “Conservatorio Santa Cecilia” in Rome with Andrea Damiani in 2006. He attended master classes held by Paul O’Dette and in particular by Hopkinson Smith, wich has been a main point of reference for his studies.

As a soloist and as chamber musician Michele Carreca has played for Gesellscahft der Musikfreunde in Wien in the Musikverein Wien, Brahms Saal, “I Concerti del Quirinale di Radio 3” (Rome), “La Stanza della Musica” and “Piazza Verdi” (Rai Radio 3),  “Stockholm Early Music Festival” (Sweden), “Festiwal Muzyki Dawnej” Jarosław (Poland), “Festivalul Baroc” Timisoara (Romania), “Festival Camino de Santiago” (Spain), Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York City (United States), Festival “Musique et Memoire” (France), the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt (Germany), the Alte Pinakothek in Munich (Germany), the Italian Cultural Institute in Munich (Germany), Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum Braunschweig (Germany), Festival Antiqva, Barcelona (Spain), the Juan March Foundation in Madrid (Spain), for the National Gallery in London (Great Britain), “Festival international de musique andalouse et des musiques anciennes” in Algiers, (Algeria) “Mostra Internacional de Musica Antigua” in Curitiba, Brazil, for Universidade Federal in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), for the European Early Music Day of Rema, in Uzghorod (Ucrain), “Festival der Laute” in Dresden (Germany), “Nuove Settimane Barocche” in Brescia, “Urbino Musica Antica”, “Accademia Filarmonica Romana” in Rome, “World Bach-Fest” in Florence, “Echi Lontani” Festival in Cagliari, “Segni Barocchi” in Perugia, the concert season of “Centro di Musica Antica Pietà dei Turchini” in Naples, “Musica ai Frari” in Venice, etc.

In Baroque operas and orchestras he played under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner, Andrea Marcon, Alessandro De Marchi, Chiara Banchini, among others.

He has made recordings both as a soloist and as a continuo performer for BrilliantClassicsClassic Voice-AntiquaIpsarRai Trade, Urania RecordsContinuo Records. He has given master classes and concert-lessons for numerous institutions, such as Conservatorio di Foggia, Conservatorio di Pescara, Dams Univeristà Roma Tre, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.

Michele Carreca lives in Rome and is Professor of Lute and early plucked instruments at the Conservatory V.Bellini, Palermo.

His last recording works available in 2017 are “Henriette the Princess of the Viol” with Maddalena Del Gobbo viola da gamba, for Deutsche Grammophon, and  “Giacomo Gorzanis : Solo lute music” as a soloist for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. This album is the first monography dedicated to Gorzanis, a famous Renaissance lutenist and composer born in Apulia.


Francesco da Milano (1497-1543)
Dolcissima et amorosa
Ricercar 4 – Fantasia 15
De mon triste desplaisir (J.Richafort ca1480-1547-F.Da Milano)- Fantasia 64 – Fantasia 30
Ricercare 1 – Fantasia 51
Fantasia 31 – Fantasia 32 – Ricercar 7
Fantasia 33 -Fantasia 34 “la compagna”

Giacomo Gorzanis (ca 1525-after 1574)
Fantasia quinta-Saltarello dito l’Imperial
Recercar primo-Marta gentile
Pass’e mezo dela bataglia/Padoana del ditto/Saltarello del ditto


Giacomo Gorzanis (ca 1525-after 1574)
Fantasia seconda- Pass’e mezo ditto La dura partita/Padoana del ditto
Fantasia sesta – Pas’e mezo sopra una Canzon Francese
Recercar secondo-Saltarelo detto Sona Baloni
Pas’e mezo sopra gie vo desser d’un bois ah
Fantasia quarta-Balo todesco
Pas’e mezo ditto L’orsa core per el mondo-Padoana del ditto-Saltarello del ditto
Occhi lucenti assai più che le stelle

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (ca 1580-1651)
Improvvisations on Toccatas and basso ostinato

Concordia Seminary Chapel
7040 Ada Blvd, Edmonton
General: $40
Seniors/Members: $30
Students: $10

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