Season 2018-2019


May 3, 4 and 5, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019 – 8:00PM

Soler Power!

Featuring Padre Antonio Soler’s Concertos for two keyboards; organ, harpsichords and virginals.

Duo Majoya: Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger, harpsichord, virginal, organ

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9:30AM

Renaissance Reading Session

Recorders, oboes, sackbuts, viola da gambas, vielles, violins, cellos, etc.:
All levels are welcome for a morning of playing. Ability to sight read some simple music required. Interested auditors welcome also.
Pitch will be A-440

Bill Damur, Session Leader

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – NOON

Baroque Dance

Suzanna Wagner, workshop leader

Try out a baroque court dance. You’ve seen the pictures of dancers, and you’ve heard the music, now combine the two and experience French court dance.

Suzanna Wagner is a historian and ballet teacher and is delighted to join her two interests in this historical dance workshop. She has taught ballet technique and choreography for nine years, studied with the Edmonton School of Ballet’s teacher training program, and in 2016 choreographed the Johann Strauss Ball’s debutant Polonaise. Her historical research focuses on health, nursing, epidemics and World War One, but she is pleased to turn to cheerier topics for this workshop.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 3:00PM

Italian cellists in London

Cello Sonatas and Duos by Cirri, Dall’Abaco, Cervetto, Geminiani

Elinor Frey, baroque cello
Josephine van Lier – baroque cello

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 8:00PM

Boccherini and Friends

Music by
Luigi Boccherini, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Michael Haydn, and Leopold Mozart.

Laura Veeze, baroque violin
Gabriele Thielmann-Vriend, baroque violin
Ronelle Schaufele, baroque viola
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello
James Mallet, baroque bass

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Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 3:00PM

Community ensembles concert

Baroque ‘n Hearts
An ensemble of musicians playing historically informed works of the Baroque era 1600 – 1750. They often perform in period costume.

Dorothy Beyer, recorder

Convivencia Canadá
Created by lutenist and music student Reneé Pérez, Convivencia Canadá would like to establish an enduring period performance legacy in Edmonton and at the University of Alberta, covering music from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras.

Divertimento Chamber EnsembleDivertimento Chamber Ensemble is a group of musicians dedicated to playing music for sheer fun and enjoyment, as its name suggests: “Divertimento” is Italian for “fun, diversion, amusement”. Players come from diverse musical and professional backgrounds but share a love for music and a desire to share the joy of music with others. Divertimento started in 2015 and performs concerts at seniors residences in Edmonton. For more information:

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 8:00PM

Baroque Cantatas & Motets

– The complete cantatas Membra Jesu Nostri
– Cantate Domino
– Jesu meine Freude

– Motets

Dawn Bailey, soprano, tenor viola da gamba
Jolaine Kerley, soprano
Ian Bannerman, tenor
Roderick Bryce, bass
Josephine van Lier, bass viola da gamba, violone
Marnie Giesbrecht, organ

Gabriele Thielman-Vriend, baroque violin
Yue Deng, baroque violin
Jennifer Bustin, treble viola da gamba
Shaina Leonard, tenor viola da gamba
Elinor Frey, bass viola da gamba

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There will also be masterclasses by some of Canada’s finest period performers.

Past Events

Fundraising Concert

Saturday, November 24, 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30PM), 2018
First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St, Edmonton
Newcombe Room

$150 (Advance tickets only. Available online or send a cheque to: 617 Henderson Street, Edmonton, AB T6R 1S4)

Gabriele Thielmann-Vriend, baroque violin
Roderick Bryce, bass
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello
Marnie Giesbrecht, harpsichord

This promises to be a very special evening full of exquisite music for any combination of voice (bass), violin, cello and harpsichord.
There will be music by Clerembeault, Handel, Schobert, some never before heard English baroque music, and much more.

The program

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in C Major

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Aria “Komm, süßes Kreuz” from the St Mathhew Passion

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Suite in a-minor (Pièces de Viole, Livre V)
Prelude de Soligni
Allemande La Facile
La Sincope
La Bagatelle

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault ( 1676 – 1749)
Cantata “La mort d’Hercule”
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Anon (England, ca 1780)
Sonata for cello and continuo

Johann Schobert (1720, 1735 or 1740 – 1767)
Trio for Harpsichord in F Major, Opus 16 #4
Andante Polonoise

Benedetto Marcello (1686 – 1739)
Sonata for cello and continuo opus 2 #6

Nicholas Bruhns (1665-1697)
Cantata “Mein Herz ist Bereit”

Leçons de ténèbres

September 30, 2018 – 3:00PM

First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St, Edmonton

Jolaine Kerley, soprano
Katie Partridge, soprano
Josephine van Lier, viola da gamba
Marnie Giesbrecht, harpsichord
This program of French baroque music from the court of Louis XIV features Edmonton soprano Jolaine Kerley and Calgary based soprano Katie Partridge, with Josephine van Lier on viola da gamba and violone and Marnie Giesbrecht on harpsichord.
Unlike most of his contemporaries, who wrote grand pieces for large forces, François Couperin preferred to pen compositions for one or two solo voices and continuo. Out of an apparently complete set of Tenebrae lessons drawn from the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet, only three have survived, and they are presented on this concert along with a Magnificat, scored for two sopranos and continuo. Also on the program are Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin and a suite for viola da gamba and continuo by Marin Marais. Both Couperin and Marais worked at the court of Louis XIV.
Rarely performed, the music on this program is very expressive and exposed and the musicians must make the music sound like simplicity itself.
The Program:
François Couperin: Magnificat 2 sopranos, viola da gamba and continuo
François Couperin: 3 Leçons de ténèbres for 1 and 2 sopranos, viola da gamba and continuo
Marin Marais: Suite in a minor from Livre V, for viola da gamba and continuo
François Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin
– Passacaille (Bk II Huitième Order)
– Les Baricades Mistérieuses (Book II: Sixième Ordre)
– Le Moucheron (Book II: Sixième Ordre)
– La Muse Victorieuse (Book IV: Vingt-Cinquième Ordre)