Tom Koopman – Master of the Baroque Organ

Koopman flyerOne of the world’s foremost baroque musicians will be performing in Victoria on Monday, May 5.  The renowned Ton Koopman was a pioneer and continues to be one of the greatest musicians in the period performance movement with over 200 recordings to his credit, including a series of award-winning recordings of works by J.S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude.

Mr. Koopman brings to the Victoria audience a remarkable program featuring his favourite composers for the organ: Johann Sebastian Bach, and Dieterich Buxtehude, both of whom would have composed music for an organ such as the magnificent Wolff tracker organ at Christ Church Cathedral. Long a master of the baroque keyboard, Mr. Koopman has performed on many of the greatest historical organs throughout Europe.

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This year the Pacific Baroque Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary exploring the music of one of the greatest composers of all time, with a look at music for small ensemble, a recital by one of the world’s great Bach interpreters on Bach’s own instrument, the organ, and music sacred, light-hearted and virtuosic for singers and instruments.

bachat35To enhance the celebrations, Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer will join baritone Tyler Duncan on Friday, March 7 in performances of Bach’s “Wedding Cantata” and “Peasant Cantata”.  And on Thursday, March 6, the virtuoso organist Eduordo Bellotti will demonstrate why he is renowned as a leading interpreter in the performance of baroque organ music.  As always, Saturday’s grand concert will feature the Victoria Children’s Choir along with soloists from the Victoria Conservatory of Music in a rare performance of one of Bach’s intriguing Lutheran Masses.

Our audience to the Festival’s unique Thursday morning concert will experience the return of the remarkable Soile Stratkauskas who brought the audience to its feet in 2010.  And the Festival’s annual public event on Sunday afternoon will look at sacred music that would have been heard in the churches of Leipzig during Bach’s time.

Shannon Mercer’s voice proved as floating as ever.” – Le Soleil, 8 February 2013

Duncan is one of those rare lyric baritones with rich, full low notes—ideal for singing Bach’s music.” – John Terauds, Toronto Star, Jan 22, 2010