A Glorious Start to the 2011 Pacific Baroque Festival

Pacific Baroque Orchestra Ensemble

Marc Destrubé and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra Ensemble

An enthusiastic audience graced Alix Goolden Hall for the opening concert of the 2011 Pacific Baroque Festival. Introduced by Jane Butler McGregor, the Executive Director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the 11am concert “Virtuoso Violin Music, and some Animals”, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra Ensemble entertained with pieces by Johann Schmelzer, Antonio Bertali, and Heinrich Biber.

The festival series continues with an organ concert featuring Reinhard Jaul at Christ Church Cathedral, a Friday and Saturday evening concert at Alix Goolden Hall, and a Sunday afternoon Vespers at Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets and Information – tickets are also available at the door.

Feature Videos

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra Ensemble
Concert Music for Violin Virtuosi & some Animals
Thursday, February 3rd 2011

more of the concert


You are invited….

Marc Destrubé

We are already hard at work rehearsing for this week’s Festival and delighting in a feast of unusual, surprising and beautiful music from the Austrian court in the seventeenth century. Our Festival gives audiences and musicians alike a unique opportunity to explore the music of a given place and time, in this case the rich musical life of the Austrian court and the passion of it’s emperors and bishops for music (some of whom were composers in their own right), which meant that music was written for every type of occasion.

In the Pacific Baroque Festival’s five events you will hear intimate music for four instruments, a performance by a distinguished Austrian organist on the famous organ at Christ Church Cathedral, noisy battle music, and impressive music for voices including those of the wonderful Victoria Children’s Choir.

Although Biber was considered one of the best composers of his time, his music, along with that of his contemporaries, is less well-known than it deserves to be, likely because it needs the special sonorities of historical instruments to bring out its special qualities. Over the next few days, the specialists of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra will bring this music alive, and every concert will include a wide range of music: dances and laments, music to make you cry, to smile, maybe even to laugh. We hope you will join us.

Marc Destrubé
Artistic Director
Pacific Baroque Festival
Victoria, BC

and some music to brighten your day….

Schmelzer: Serenata con altre arie (selections). Musik der Hofkapelle zu Kremsler, Anima Mea. Marc Aurel edition.





This Thursday morning – enjoy a morning coffee then a world-class Baroque performance!

“Music for violin virtuosi, and some animals”
11am concert:Thursday 3 February 2011

Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora 10am: Free coffee and pastry for all ticket-holders
Concert finishes at noon (no intermission)

Discover enchanting baroque violin sonatas and chaconnes of Austrian composers Heinrich Biber, Johann Schmelzer & others.

Listen to a Sonata by Schmelzer
Sonata IV for violin and basso continuo from Unarum Fidium)


“Among the most attractive aspects of Schmelzer’s music for me are the rich melodies, arias and cantelinas, all of them velvet smooth, marvelously gentle, intoxicated by their own existence and constantly on the verge of tears or laughter;… But they also express the sufferings of the soul like no other music, inviting us to melancholy contemplation and confessions of love.” Hélène Schmitt, baroque violinist (Paris, 2007)

Marc Destrubé (violin), Tim Haig (violin),
Natalie Mackie (viola da gamba), Michael Jarvis (harpsichord, organ)

Senior’s pay only $20; Adults $25 (Tickets Online)

“Stylus Fantasticus: Music for Bishops & Emperors”
3-6 February 2011

Ticket Information:
Adults – February 3rd concerts $25, February 4 & 5 concerts $30
Seniors/Students – February 3rd concerts $20, February 4 & 5 concerts $25
Festival passes – Adults $100, Seniors/Students $80

Tickets available online and through selected retail outlets
Victoria Conservatory of Music (cash, cheque, credit card) 900 Johnson St. 250 386 5311
(cash or cheque) Cadboro Bay Book Store (Cadboro Bay Village); Ivy’ Book Store (Oak Bay Village); Long & McQuade (756 Hillside Ave.); Munro’s Books (Government St.);
Tanner’s Books (Sidney); Tom Lee Music (Millstream Village Shopping Centre)