1685: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti
Sunday, April 22 02:30 PM
Early Music Studio presents
1685: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti
Susan Adams, harpsichord, Clive Titmuss, theorbo, lute, early guitar,
with guest artist Nancy DiNovo, baroque violin
When: Sunday, April 22, 2:30 pm
Where: Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel (at Cawston), in Kelowna
In 1685 three of the world’s greatest composers were born. Handel made a fortune composing operas in George II’s London, while Bach rose to be one of the most famous musicians in Germany. Scarlatti was destined to be renowned as the composer of more than 550 pieces for the harpsichord. Early Music Studio, with guest artist Nancy DiNovo playing baroque violin, features the work of these masters in an afternoon concert at Kelowna Forum on Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Despite their current positions at the top of the charts among musicians most-performed, Handel, Bach and Scarlatti explored very different routes in their lives. Handel was always famous and wealthy from his work, and public acclaim for his theatre music and oratorios ensured that they would be widely performed throughout the 19th Century.
By contrast, Bach’s music took nearly a century to become well known. He achieved a certain amount of notoriety during his life as a teacher, occupying a post working for the Church in Leipzig. But most of his music remained unpublished until barely 100 years ago, and he was still not known outside his native country. Superstardom for Bach took close to two centuries. Today his music is some of the best loved in the world.
Scarlatti, who served a Spanish Queen far from his native Naples, was almost forgotten until his revival in the 1950s. His music was confined to a single medium, the harpsichord sonata, and it took several generations of piano virtuosos playing his music in public and on recordings to make any headway with the public. Today he is recognized as a great pioneer of virtuoso keyboard music.
Early Music Studio musicians Clive Titmuss and Susan Adams have made a career playing Bach on the lute and harpsichord and are pleased to bring some of his most famous but least performed music to Kelowna. Nancy DiNovo has played for many seasons in Kelowna as the leader of the Okanagan Festival Camerata, where she first met Adams. They formed a plan to get together and play the music of Bach and Handel.
DiNovo is a former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and the founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents, with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein and Christopher Hogwood. Well-known in Kelowna, she has been playing with the Okanagan Festival Camerata for more than a decade.
About Friends of Early Music (more: facebook/earlymusicstudio)
The Society of Friends of the Early Music (EMS) is a registered non-profit organization operating in Kelowna, dedicated to the performance of, and education about music written before about 1850, played on period instruments. Executive directors Susan Adams and Clive Titmuss produce historically-informed concerts, videos and recordings as they play on a variety of keyboards, guitars and lutes in their collection. A survey of their work in these media appears on their Portfolio page at www.earlymusicstudio.com/portfolio. The Society receives support from the City of Kelowna, The Province of B.C., and private donors. Get your tickets soon, because their most recent concerts at Kelowna Forum have been enjoyed by sell-out crowds.