Three Lapsed Lawyers

Saturday, 18 February 8pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora

A concert of uplifting music featuring the young voices of the renowned Victoria Children’s Choir – a perfect tonic to clear away any lingering effects of winter.
Traditionally the Festival’s most popular concert, this year’s program promises to again enlighten and inspire with a program that includes rare performances of Telemann’s vocal music based on stirring Lutheran chorales. Enjoy as well a flute concerto by Johann Heinichen and an overture by Christoph Graupner, and appreciate why these two composers were highly regarded in their time. Telemann’s music then rounds out this concert, including a remarkable concerto for 4 violins and a sonata for viola da gamba and strings in which the Festival’s guest soloist Kenneth Slowik will captivate the audience.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)
Motet: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, TWV 8:7

Johann David Heinichen (1683 – 1729)
Concerto for flute, violin, strings and basso continuo in e minor
(possibly by Telemann, TWV 52:e3)

Christoph Graupner (1683 – 1760)
Overture (suite) for strings in a major, GWV 474

Missa Brevis Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, TWV 9:10

Concerto à 4 Violini no. 1 in G major, TWv 40:201

Suite in D major for viola da gamba, strings and continuo, TWV 55:d6

Soile Stratkauskas – flute
Kenneth Slowik – viola da gamba
Pacific Baroque Festival Ensemble
(Marc Destrubé, violin/director)
Victoria Children’s Choir / St. Christopher Singers
(Madeleine Humer, director)


Marc Destrubé (violin)
Soile Stratkauskas (flute)
Kenneth Slowik (viola da gamba)
Natalie Mackie (viola da gamba)
Michael Jarvis (harpsichord)

Friday, 17 February 8pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora

An entertaining evening to relish some of Telemann’s most beloved chamber music. Georg Philipp Telemann’s ‘Paris Quartets’ are considered to be some of the finest chamber works ever written. Three of these gems will feature in this concert, performed by five of North America’s outstanding baroque musicians: viola da gambists Kenneth Slowik and Natalie Mackie, Soile Stratkauskas (flute), Michael Jarvis (harpsichord), and Festival Artistic Director Marc Destrubé (violin).

“Telemann’s so-called twelve ‘Paris Quartets’ are amongst the most beguiling chamber works of the late-Baroque period…” Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)
Premier Quatuor (‘Paris’ Quartet no. 7) in D Major,TWV 43:D3,
from ‘Nouveaux quatuors en six suites’ (Paris, 1738)

Sonata for flute and violin in G Major, TWV 40:111,
from ‘Der Getreuer Musikmeister’ (1728)

Sonata l (‘Paris’ Quartet no. 3), in a major, for flute, violin, viola da gamba
& continuo, TWV 43:a11, from ‘Quadri’ (Hamburg, 1730)

Sixième Quatuor (‘Paris’ Quartet no. 12) in e minor, TWV 43:e4,
from ‘Nouveaux Quatuors en six suites’, from Nouveaux Quatuors

Johann Schenk (1660 – 1712)
sonata Xi in G Major for two solo violas da gamba,
from Le Nymphe de Rheno, op.8

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Pacific Baroque Festival 2017.


John Walthausen  – organ

Thursday, 16 February 8pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland

There is a remarkable musical gem in Victoria, the Wolff organ in Christ Church Cathedral.  Lovingly crafted to provide a rich baroque sound, the organ is only matched by the space for its audience. Combine these with a dynamic young organist and fascinating concert program then  the critical ingredients present themselves for a memorable evening of music.

John Walthausen (USA) graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieure de Paris with highest honours, then received a Masters in historical keyboards from the famed Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland.  In 2012 he won first prize at the Pierre di Manchicourt International Organ competition in Béthune, France, a competition devoted mainly to North German music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since then, he has been welcomed in many prestigious organ festivals around the world, including Oberlin Messaien Festival, Paris-des-Orgues, the Bach Toul Festival, the Internationale Meisterorganisten in Innsbruck and for the ‘Nuit de l’Orgue’, the grand finale of the Festival Toulouse des Orgues.

This concert will reveal how German composers such as Telemann and J.S. Bach kept abreast of the fashionable international musical trends, notably the Italian ‘stile concertato’.  Discover the invention and imagination in Bach’s transcription of a Vivaldi concerto; how a Telemann concerto inspired one of Bach’s cousins; enjoy a surprisingly modern Fantasia by Bach’s last pupil Müthel, and be enchanted by one of Bach’s late masterworks, The Canonic Variations on Von Hoch, composed as an audition piece for one of Germany’s most prestigious clubs for composers:

G.P. Telemann/ J.G. Walther – Concerto in C minor
J. S. Bach –Dies sind den heiligen zehn Gebot BWV 678
J.S.  Bach –Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 684
J.S.  Bach – Triosonata in e minor BWV 528
J.S.  Bach – Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 680
J.S.  Bach – Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 681
Johann Gottfried Müthel – Fantasia in F
J.S. Bach – Canonic Variations on Von Himmel Hoch
J.S. Bach/A. Vivaldi – Concerto in d minor

$25 Adults; $20 Seniors/Students
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Listen: Nicolaus Bruhns – Praeludium in G (John Walthausen, 2013)