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Jun 14 2019
Every year on the third Sunday in June, we celebrate Father’s Day. In the baroque era, music was often a family business, passed along from fathers to their children. Sunday Baroque will celebrate some of those musical fathers and their talented offspring.
Jun 7 2019
Poet Robert Burns wrote, “O, my love’s like a red, red rose/ That’s newly sprung in June” Maybe that’s why June is National Rose Month … a celebration of the fragrant symbol of love and friendship, passion and desire, beauty and elegance. Sunday Baroque will feature music inspired by the symbolism of roses.
May 31 2019
The 20th century was a grand and glorious age of brilliant virtuoso musicians, but what does the future hold for classical music? Sunday Baroque will highlight some of the thirty-somethings who are keeping the tradition of great music alive, including violinist Hilary Hahn, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.
May 24 2019
Johann Sebastian Bach’s familiar and beloved Air from the third Orchestral Suite is one example of the kind of gripping, mournful music that one might call “good grief.” It’s often played for solemn occasions, and it’s one of Sunday Baroque’s highlights for Memorial Day weekend.
May 17 2019
Victoria Day is a big Canadian holiday that falls on May 20th this year. The celebration dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria, whose birthday was in May. People will celebrate the long holiday weekend with parades, parties and fireworks. Sunday Baroque will celebrate by featuring outstanding Canadian musicians.
May 10 2019
Georg Philipp Telemann’s mother was worried about her son’s fascination with music as a teenager, so she took away his instruments and sent him off to study law. But his sympathetic teachers helped him make the break from his mother and pursue his passion. Sunday Baroque will celebrate Mother’s Day with a Sonata by Telemann played by a musical mom who was highly supportive of her children’s interest in music.
May 3 2019
Sunday Baroque will throw a fiesta in celebration of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo -- the "5th of May" -- including music from the baroque era written by composers who lived and worked in "New Spain" during the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as some 20th century musicians with personal ties to Mexico.
Apr 26 2019
April is National Garden Month. You don’t need a green thumb -- you CAN stop and smell the MUSICAL flowers as you stroll through a magnificent harmonic garden cultivated by musicians with particularly fertile imaginations and creativity.
Apr 19 2019
This season is a time of spiritual reflection, hopeful renewal, and reconciliation. Sunday Baroque will celebrate Easter with music illustrating the broadly uplifting and optimistic spirit of this season.
Apr 12 2019
For a long time after JS Bach’s death, his music wasn't performed much. But a woman who’d studied with Bach’s son happened to own some of Bach’s manuscripts. And in 1829, her great-nephew organized a performance of the ST. MATTHEW PASSION, which reignited interest in the forgotten musician. Sunday Baroque will offer selections from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
Apr 5 2019
National Sibling Day is on April 10th, and Sunday Baroque will celebrate some musical siblings. such as three Belgian brothers who helped lead the revival of interest in baroque music in the middle of the 20th century, and trumpet playing brothers who have made numerous recordings together.
Mar 29 2019
What transforms a mere violin into an exceptional instrument … and why did so many fine violins come out of Cremona Italy in the 17th century? Was it the wood? The water? The varnish? Chiara Banchini plays an instrument made by Cremona violin maker Nicolo Amati. It’s a precious antique that is even older than the music you’ll hear her play on Sunday Baroque.