The Bach Collegium San Diego opens its 2015-16 season next Friday will a program of rarely heard works by J.S. Back and Henry Purcell.
Titled “Something About Mary,” the program features Bach’s cantata about the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and Purcell’s birthday ode to Queen Mary II. Performances are Oct. 16 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla and Oct. 17 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Pt. Loma.
The collegium’s season will progress with more rarely heard works and San Diego premieres:
- December 5-7 — Three performances of Handel’s beloved oratorio “Messiah,” featuring a complete London version from the early 1750s.
- March 4 & 5 — “Empire of Silver and Gold” with music from 18th-Century Latin America. The music, much of it anonymous, echoes the collision of cultures following the Spanish crown’s expansion into the New World. The selections are based on scholarship by Ruben Valenzuela, founder and music director of the collegium.
- April 9 & 10 — “Trumpets and Tassels: Leipzig to Versailles” pairs two virtuosic works from the Baroque replete with chorus, trumpets, and drums.
- May 13 & 14 — “Vespro della Beata Vergine” was written by Claudio Monteverdi just over 400 years ago in honor of the Virgin Mary. Monteverdi was a trailblazing composer of madrigals and opera.
Tickets are available in advance online at bachcollegiumsd.org.
Bach at Noon also returns, on the second Wednesday of each month from October through May, at 12:15 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego.
The Bach Collegium was formed in 2003 to engage San Diego audiences with accessible, historically-informed performances of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras.
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