Victoria baroque players appearing at Fanny Bay Hall

May 6 will see members of the Victoria Baroque Players at the Fanny Bay Hall.

Saturday, May 6 will see members of the Victoria Baroque Players at the Fanny Bay Hall, performing a varied program of gems of baroque chamber music, including music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell and Schmelzer, played on baroque instruments.

In addition to the music, the Community Association will be serving a variety of desserts prior to the start of the concert, to create a perfect combination of fine music and fine food.

The Victoria Baroque Players present high-quality, high-energy, and engaging performances of music from the baroque and classical periods. Playing on instruments of the 18th century, the historically informed ensemble brings audiences closer to the sound world of the period, embracing the dance-driven rhythmic vitality, as well as the lyrical and conversational aspects of baroque music. The core members are Vancouver Island residents, and early music specialists with extensive experience in Canada and abroad.

The featured musicians are:

Finnish-born Soile Stratkauskas. She moved to Victoria in 2010, and quickly established herself in the West Coast early music scene. Her appearances include performances for the Early Music Society of the Islands, Pacific Baroque Festival, Early Music Vancouver and Pacific Baroque Orchestra concerts, including solo roles performing Benda’s flute concerto in E minor and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.5.

Chloe Meyers on violin. Heralding her beginnings as a true northern Albertan, Meyers began her violin training at the age of three. Her studies led her to the University of Victoria, and then McGill University, where she fell in love with the baroque violin. Chloe now plays a vital role in the North American early music scene.

Katrina Russell on bassoon. Born and raised in Edmonton, Russell holds a bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria and a graduate diploma in Historical Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. In 1992 Katrina moved to London, England where she spent 18 years playing both modern and historical bassoons.

Michael Jarvis on harpsichord. He has been acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists and continuo players. He has performed across Canada, the U.S., England, Italy and Bermuda.

He has worked with many of Canada’s finest singers, and is in demand as a coach and collaborative artist.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with desserts being served at 6:30. Tickets are $25 including dessert, available at Laughing Oyster Books, Weinberg’s Good Food in Buckley Bay and Salish Sea Market in Bowser.

For more information, call 250-792-2219.

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