Season 2018-2019


May 3, 4 and 5, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019 – 8:00PM

Early music for two keyboards

Duo Majoya: Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger

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On Saturday morning, May 4, there will be a chance for community musicians with any instrument to join a Renaissance reading session and there will be the opportunity to learn about menuets and sarabands in a baroque dance workshop. Both of these events are free of charge.

Friday, May 3, 2019 – 3:00PM

Cello Sonatas and Duos

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, 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

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 8:00PM

Baroque Cantatas

Dawn Bailey, soprano
Jolaine Kerley, soprano
Ian Bannerman, tenor
Roderick Bryce, bass
Josephine van Lier, baroque cello
Marnie Giesbrecht, harpsichord

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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”
Recitativ- Air Gracieusement


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)