Jun
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

sound|counterpoint - Fingers of Fire

sound|counterpoint ends the season with a flourish! What better way to celebrate than with a program of daredevil virtuoso masterpieces by some of the finest composers of the Baroque? Nate Helgeson, principal bassoon of Portland Baroque Orchestra, joins us for these concerts featuring chamber concerti by Vivaldi, an epic quartet by Zelenka, and more. You won’t want to miss this exhilarating adventure!

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15th Annual Montana Early Music Festival presents J. S. Bach's St. John Passion
Mar
31
7:30pm 7:30pm

15th Annual Montana Early Music Festival presents J. S. Bach's St. John Passion

13-piece Period Instrument Orchestra of Baroque strings, oboes, flauti traversi , bassoon,

viola da gamba, organ & harpsichord, and Musikanten Festival Chorus

Kerry Krebill, Conductor

Daniel Hutchings, Evangelist

Art Bumgardner, Jesus ; Robert W. Tudor, Pilate

Kathryn Radakovich, soprano ; Marjorie Bunday, mezzo soprano

Jason Rylander, tenor ; Bobb Robinson, bass

Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM

St. Francis Xavier, Missoula

420 W. Pine (corner of Pine and Orange)

Tickets: Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula & Chapter One in Hamilton, and at the door

$30 General Admission /$10 Students.

Information: Bitterroot Baroque www.bitterrootbaroque.org (314) 852-5099

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Jan
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Musica Pacifica - Dolci di Napoli

From the first conservatories in Europe and the ever-changing landscape of Baroque Naples, Dolci di Napoli unveils rarely performed chamber concertos and sonatas for recorder, strings, and continuo by Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Mancini, Nicola Fiorenza, and Francesco Durante, a piquant harpsichord sonata by Domenico Scarlatti, an unusual duo for two violins without bass by Barbella, and more!

 

Musicians:

Judith Linsenberg, recorder

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin

Katherine Kyme, violin

William Skeen, viola da gamba

Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Tekla Cunningham, viola

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Back at Versailles--French Baroque Instrumental Concert
May
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Back at Versailles--French Baroque Instrumental Concert

This concert presents a potpourri of some of the luscious, elegant, totally charming French music spanning the florescence of France's unique Baroque style from Marin Marais and Jean Baptiste Lully through François Couperin and Jean Féry Rebel. It will also include Telemann's lovely Paris Quartet in e minor, a sort of tribute to the musical taste and sophistication still found in Paris years later. Minneapolis' multi-instrumentalist Ginna Watson, baroque violin and Twin Cities Early Music Festival director Donald Livingston, harpsichord will head the ensemble. Ginna's daughter, Cella Westray, will complete the continuo section playing viola da gamba. Seattle-based Joshua Romatowski, who represents a new generation of Baroque flute virtuosi brings his stylish and tasteful playing. Bitterroot locals Kelaiah Horat, violin and Alex Shaffer, flute and recorder, round out the ensemble for deeper texture and creative orchestration.

All of our visiting musicians will be available for private lessons during their Montana visit. Please contact Bitterroot Baroque for details.

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Stylus Fantasticus: sonate à 3 stromenti
May
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Stylus Fantasticus: sonate à 3 stromenti

Here is a special treat for the Bitterroot Valley that was offered recently and is the sort of event we are very proud to be able to accommodate on short notice. Montana's own superb Bozeman-based Baroque violinist, Carrie Krause, has invited her lovely friend, London's Davina Clarke, to join her, experience a bit of Montana and play some concerts around our state. The two violins will be joined by Greg Ingles on sackbut (an early predecessor of the trombone) and John Lenti, playing theorbo. John is already a Montana favorite having appeared in numerous summer concerts with the I-90 Collective.

Davina’s aptitude and enthusiasm for historically informed performance have led her to explore a diverse range of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, William Christie, Richard Egarr and Laurence Cummings. She continues her long association with the Royal Academy of Music as a Guest Principal in the Kohn Bach Cantata Series this season, and has recently toured the J.S Bach Double violin concerto with the Royal Academy under Masaaki Suzuki, making her solo début at the Lincoln Center. Last year, she accompanied Sir John Eliot Gardiner in a series of J.S Bach recitals to celebrate the launch of his new book, ‘Music in the Castle of Heaven’ in New York. Following her inaugural year with the English Baroque Soloists, she and fellow members of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra are in the process of establishing a period chamber ensemble.

Davina plays on a 1685 Francesco Rugeri violin, generously loaned to her by the Stradivari Trust.

And about the program, Carrie writes, "we'll be playing works of Sonatas a 3 by Biber, Bertali, and Castello, the Marini Passacaglia, and for sackbut and theorbo Bovicelli's diminutions on Cipriciano de Rore's Anchor de col paritre." 

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JS Bach Mass in B minor
Apr
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

JS Bach Mass in B minor

Hear one of the monumental works of the Baroque as it was meant to be heard with original instruments at low pitch, in its entirety, performed by distinguished vocal soloists, the choir of Helena's St. Peter's Episcopal Church, using a period orchestra composed of some of Americas finest Baroque specialists, all under the direction of Maestra Kerry Krebill. The ornate and resonant sanctuary of St. Francis Xavier with its enveloping colorful religious frescoes is the perfect setting for this profound and spiritually uplifting masterpiece. Missoula is one of only four Montana communities privileged to hear this grand production. 

Tickets are general admission: Adults, $30 and students, $10. They will be available at the door and are being pre-sold at Rockin' Rudy's in Missoula and Chapter One in Hamilton.

For all of our concerts Bitterroot Baroque has a policy of 'pay-as-you-are-able' for those experiencing financial limitations. (At the door just mention that you want the discount and pay what you can.)

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Nov
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

French, German and Early Italian Music for Violin and Harpsichord

Bitterroot Baroque and The Ravalli County Museum are co-sponsoring a lively concert of music for violin and harpsichord played by just-retired St. Louis Symphony Orchestra violinist Lorraine Glass-Harris (sister of Missoula's Fern Glass-Boyd!) and Missoula harpsichordist Aneta Panusz who plays keyboards for String Orchestra of the Rockies. These two friends will indulge their great love of Baroque music by giving the Hamilton audience a varied program including some lovely solo French harpsichord music by Jacques Duphly and a Sonata by the peerless Italian Violinist, Arcangelo Corelli, and moving a generation later, another Sonata by the French virtuoso, Jean Baptiste Senaillé.  Another treat will be a trip to 17th century Germany and the work of one of Germany's first virtuosos, Johann Schop, with his hauntingly beautiful working of the Lachrimae Pavan. The museum makes this a particularly festive event with its annual display of decorated trees in the concert hall and wine offerings for the concertgoers.

 

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Concert with Agave Baroque and Reginald Mobley
Sep
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Concert with Agave Baroque and Reginald Mobley

Agave Baroque and countertenor Reginald Mobley just released their second CD, 'Queen of Heaven: Music of Isabella Leonarda in Honor of the Virgin Mary' on VGo Records and will be touring with a program of very lush and powerful music by J. S. Bach, J. C. Bach, Buxtehude, Weckmann, and Szarszynski before they record it in January 2016.

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sound|counterpoint in concert
May
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

sound|counterpoint in concert

Music of Fasch, Telemann, Vivaldi, Bach and Montéclair

The Vivaldian concerto reached Germany in the first half of the eighteenth century and was an immediate hit. German composers adopted elements of its style, combining Vivaldian elements with typically German skills such as well-crafted counterpoint leading to the emergence of the Sonate auf Concertenart, or sonata in the concerto style.

 

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May
3
3:00pm 3:00pm

Kickoff Celebration

Please join us for an open house at Clatters (170 S. 2nd Street, Hamilton MT). Enjoy free tastings of wine, eat some snacks, see Baroque instruments, hear a little live music and let us tell you about Bitterroot Baroque's activities. We want to meet our supporters and hear about your interests for classical music in our valley. This is a chance to hear about concerts we are planning and also to join our organization!

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