Apr
20
to Apr 22

Montana Cantata Project

Music of J.S. Bach

Bitterroot Baroque presents the Montana Cantata Project, a period instrument workshop culminating with a evening concert highlighting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Leadership within the workshop is drawn from the fantastic Carrie Krause, concertmaster, Curtis Foster, baroque oboe and Tim Westerhaus, tenor. Together, they will direct instrument specific seminars and ensemble rehearsals, creating a period instrument orchestra composed of selected local Montana musicians. A highlight of the weekend will be the public premiere of Bitterroot Baroque's newly commissioned portative organ, purchased in part through the generosity of the Rapp Family Foundation. 

The final concert will feature two Bach cantatas and the Bach double concerto for oboe and violin. The Montana Cantata Project Workshop will start April 20 and the performance will take place at St. Paul’s on Sunday evening April 22 at 7:30 pm.

Musicians

Carrie Krause, concertmaster

Curtis Foster, baroque oboe

Tim Westerhaus, tenor

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Les Délices - Myths & Allegories

Myths & Allegories

Rising-star soprano Clara Rottsolk is featured in this program, which was released as Les Délices’ second CD recording in November 2012. Myths & Allegories weaves dramatic depictions of tales from Homer’s Odyssey together with instrumental chamber music inspired by Greek mythology, and features cantatas by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (Le Sommeil d’Ulisse) and Thomas-Louis Bourgeois (Les Sirènes). The hero Ulysses confronts storms at sea, shipwrecks, the tantalizing allure of siren songs, and encounters with the Cyclopes – all set to music – in the course of this colorful, fantastic program. Even Ulysses’ long-faithful wife pines from afar as symbolized by Jean-Féry Rebel’s violin sonata La Fidelle.

Tickets; $25 general, $10 students-Chapter One Book Store (Hamilton), Rockin' Rudy's (Missoula) and at the door.

Les Délices

Clara Rottsolk, voice

Debra Nagy, oboe and recorder

Julie Andrijeski, violin

Emily Walhout, viol

Mark Edwards, harpsichord

www.lesdelices.org

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Quartet Resound - Hamilton Residency

Flora and Fauna: Classical Sounds from Nature

Sunrises, birdsong, and hunting; during their week in Hamilton, New York based Quartet Resound will explore the natural world of the late 18th century as depicted by the music of Haydn and Mozart. Join them Thursday, October 12 for Bitterroot Baroque's Season Opener! Other performances and community outreach will include pop-up concerts at the Rocky Mountain Lab, Corvallis Middle and High Schools, and Sapphire Homes. And they will be teaching and giving a recital at the University of Montana!

Music Heard around Hamilton:

Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Hob.III:39 “The Bird”

Haydn - Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”

Anonymous - Selected Arias from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, K.620

Mozart - String Quartet in B-flat major K.458 “The Hunt"

Quartet Resound

Edson Scheid, violin

Francis Liu, violin

Marie Daniels, viola

Sarah Stone, cello

www.quartetresound.com

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Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

PAST EVENTS: sound|counterpoint - Fingers of Fire

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!

sound|counterpoint

Miyo Aoki, recorder

Linda Melsted, violin

Curtis Foster, oboe

Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord

Nate Helgeson, bassoon

www.soundcounterpoint.org

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Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

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

J. S. Bach's St. John Passion

Musikanten Festival Chorus and a 13-piece Period Instrument Orchestra of Baroque strings, viola da gamba, oboes, flauti traversi, bassoon, organ & harpsichord

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
7:30 PM19:30

Musica Pacifica - Dolci di Napoli

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!

Musica Pacific

Judith Linsenberg, recorder

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin

Katherine Kyme, violin

William Skeen, viola da gamba

Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Tekla Cunningham, viola

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May
28
7:30 PM19:30

French Baroque Instrumental Concert in Missoula

Back at Versailles

This concert presents a potpourri of some of the luscious, elegant, totally charming French music spanning the fluorescence 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 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.

Musicians

Joshua Romatowski, flute

Alex Shaffer, flute

Ginna Watson, violin

Kelaiah Horat, violin

Cella Westray, viola da gamba

Donald Livingston, harpsichord

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May
27
7:30 PM19:30

Back at Versailles - French Baroque Instrumental Concert

A potpourri of some of the luscious, elegant, totally charming French music spanning the fluorescence of France's unique Baroque style from Marin Marais and Jean Baptiste Lully through François Couperin and Jean Féry Rebel including Telemann's lovely Paris Quartet in e minor. Minneapolis' Ginna Watson, baroque violin and Twin Cities Early Music Festival director Donald Livingston, harpsichord will head the ensemble with Ginna's daughter, Cella Westray, 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.

Musicians

Joshua Romatowski, flute

Alex Shaffer, flute

Ginna Watson, violin

Kelaiah Horat, violin

Cella Westray, viola da gamba

Donald Livingston, harpsichord

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May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Stylus Fantasticus: sonate à 3 stromenti

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Stylus Fantasticus

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

Musicians

Carrie Krause, violin

Davina Clarke, violin

Greg Ingles, sackbut

John Lenti, theorbo

 

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Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

Musikanten Montana - J.S. Bach B Minor Mass

J.S. Bach B Minor Mass

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.

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

French, German and 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.

Musicians

Lorraine Glass-Harris, violin

Aneta Panusz, harpsichord

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Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Queen of Heaven: Music of Isabella Leonarda - Agave Baroque and Reginald Mobley

Queen of Heaven: Music of Isabella Leonarda

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.

Agave Baroque

Aaron Westman and Natalie Carducci, baroque violin

Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba

Kevin Cooper, baroque guitar and theorbo

Henry Lebedinsky, organ

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Music of Fasch, Telemann, Vivaldi, Bach and Montéclair - sound|counterpoint

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.

sound|counterpoint

Miyo Aoki, recorder

Linda Melsted, violin

Curtis Foster, oboe

Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord

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May
3
3:00 PM15:00

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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