Mid-June often means music-making time for the Baroque Music Pageant of Corona del Mar, which was based in 1981 by Dr. Burton Karson, Professor of Music at CSU Fullerton. Violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock took over as inventive director in 2011 after Dr. Karson retired.
Usually a sequence of baroque live shows can be held in varied places in Corona del Mar, together with the Sherman Library & Gardens.
Nonetheless, like most music organizations, the Baroque Music Pageant has fallen sufferer to the pandemic. Final yr’s competition and this yr’s occasion needed to be cancelled, though the Pageant will return with a stay occasion subsequent June.
Nonetheless, there’ll nonetheless be music this yr, but it surely has gone digital—and with good cause.
The Baroque Music Pageant has collaborated with Ars Lyrica, Houston (co-producer) and San Francisco Early Music Society (co-presenter) to current a brand new immersive digital live performance movie that will likely be streaming throughout the group’s typical yearly competition week.
Entitled “A Bach Keyboard Extravaganza,” the movie explores and celebrates the music of J.S. Bach for harpsichord and organ, alongside that of Bach’s key contemporaries.
Acclaimed American harpsichordist and organist Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston’s Inventive Directo makes his Baroque Music Pageant debut with this movie.
“I’m delighted to be sharing a few of my favourite harpsichord and organ items with a digital viewers, because of an invite from the Baroque Music Pageant of Corona del Mar,” stated Dirst in a press release.
In line with info from the Baroque Music Pageant, the performances and commentary had been captured in Might 2021 on the Rienzi wing (Ornamental Arts) of the Houston Museum of Positive Artwork, and at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston the place Dirst is Music Director.
After a quick introduction to Matthew by the Baroque Music Pageant’s inventive director Elizabeth Blumenstock, the performances will likely be interspersed with vigorous commentary on the composers, items, places and devices—together with the great 2020 “Gräbner” harpsichord by John Phillips full with wealthy ornament by Janine Johnson. This collaborative artistic mission was made doable by a cultural arts grant from the Metropolis of Newport Seaside.
The general public can watch this movie on YouTube on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. on the Pageant’s YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/YouTubeBMFCdM.
A Zoom Q&A social hour will comply with the presentation at 8 p.m.
Streaming is free to view as is participation within the Zoom after-party with the musicians.
Donations are welcomed at https://bmf-cdm.org.
The YouTube watch web page and after-party Zoom hyperlink will likely be circulated within the Pageant’s e-newsletter a couple of days forward of the premiere streaming. Live performance viewers might be a part of the e-mailing checklist to obtain the hyperlinks at http://bit.ly/BMFmailinglist.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Main BWV 866 Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703): Excerpts from the Livre d’Orgue
Dialogue à 2 Tailles de Cromorne et 2 dessus de Cornet; Dialogue de Flûtes; Dialogue sur les Grands jeux
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Main BWV 852
Bach: Two Cantata Transcriptions, transcribed by M. Dirst
Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe BWV 156/1; Valet will ich dir geben BWV 95/3 Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780): Trio in E-flat Main Adagio; Un poco Allegro Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor BWV 865
Nikolaus Bruhns (1665-1697): Praeludium in G Main
Performer Biography: Mathew Dirst
Matthew Dirst is the primary American musician to win main worldwide prizes in each organ and harpsichord, together with the American Guild of Organists Nationwide Younger Artist Competitors and the Warsaw Worldwide Harpsichord Competitors.
Broadly admired for his fashionable taking part in and conducting, he was lately described within the Washington Put up as an “environment friendly, extraordinarily exact conductor who has an ear for element and up-to-date concepts about performing Bach.”
Early Music America hailed his solo recording of harpsichord works by François and Armand-Louis Couperin, as a “fashionable, tasteful, and technically commanding efficiency…expressive and good taking part in.”
As Inventive Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, Dirst leads a period- instrument ensemble with a number of acclaimed recordings, one among which—J. A. Hasse’s Marc Antonio e Cleopatra—was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for Greatest Opera. His levels embrace a PhD in musicology from Stanford College and the prix de virtuosité in each organ and harpsichord from the Conservatoire Nationwide de Reuil-Malmaison, France, the place he spent two years as a Fulbright scholar.