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Event Details

Dates: February 15, 2023

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Map

Admission: $30 Adults; $25 Seniors/Students (Festival Pass $100/$80)

The Grand Tour - Pacific Baroque Festival "Music for Distracted Times"

A tour de force of organ music from the English, French, German, and Italian schools, including organ concertos by George Frederic Handel, and Michel Corette. Featuring organist Mark McDonald.

The ‘Grand Tour’ was a 17th century tradition for upper-class Europeans to travel through Europe when they had come of age, especially to visit the major cultural centers of Paris and Rome. Follow along a similar path and hear the many styles of the 18th century European organ in this tour de force of organ music from the English, French, German, and Italian schools, including organ concertos by George Frederic Handel and Michel Corette. Featuring the Pacific Baroque Festival Ensemble and organist Mark McDonald.



The 2023 Pacific Baroque Festival (15-19 February) focuses on the music of 17th and 18th century England. With an ensemble of two violins, two viols, lute, harpsichord and organ, along with the wonderful soprano voice of Arwen Myers, we explore this rich period in music in which the political tumult of the early 1600s gave way to London becoming the largest city in Europe and a centre of artistic expression. Charles II’s reign saw the composition of the first English operas, the opening of the first public concert halls, and an influx of talented musicians from abroad which continued into the 18th century.



CONCERT PROGRAMME

Michel Corrette (1707-1795)

Organ Concerto in G major, Op. 26, No. 1 (1756)



Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)

Suite du Deuxième Ton (Livre d’Orgue, 1710)



Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)



Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, RV 565 (Op. 3, 1711)

Arranged for organ by J.S. Bach as BWV 596 (1713-14)



Georg Muffat (1653-1704)

Toccata septima (Apparatus Musico-Organisticus, 1690)



George Frideric Handel

Organ Concerto in G minor, Op. 4, No. 1 (1736)

Christ Church Cathedral

930 Burdett Ave

Victoria, BC V8V 3G8

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