Oko Baroquo’s Carole Ruth on violin, Jim Leonard on continuo organ, Leslie Uhlig on flute, and Cuyler Page on Baroque oboe perform at the Early Music Okanagan concert at All Saints Anglican Church April 1.

From Bach to Telemann: EMO presents Music for Easter

Take a musical trip from the medieval to the baroque periods with Early Music Okanagan

Early Music Okanagan (EMO) promises a musical trip from the medieval to the baroque periods with its upcoming concert series in Vernon, Kamloops, and Kelowna.

Entitled Music for Easter, the program includes several beloved vocal and instrumental masterpieces, as well as some rarely heard gems, said the concert’s producer Natalia Polchenko.

“A variety of styles will keep the audience engaged and entertained,” she said. “It has become an EMO tradition to include the sung texts with English translation into the programs, which adds an additional level of the audience’s immersion in the music.”

Polchenko says it is difficult for her to single out any one piece of music in the program, but if she had to she would pick three: the Stabat Mater, J.S. Bach’s Easter music, written at two different times in his life, and Telemann’s Easter Cantata.

A profoundly moving poem, Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It portrays the suffering of Mary at the crucifixion of her son, said Polchenko.

“Written by Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi in the 13th century, it remains one of the most popular texts for musical interpretation and has been set to music by approximately 600 composers.”

EMO will present four different versions of the Stabat Mater: plain chant (also known as Gregorian chant), early and later Renaissance polyphony by Pedro de Escobar (1500), Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (1640), and the Baroque masterpiece by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1736).

“By listening to how composers of different eras were interpreting the same text, the audience will be able to see how music styles were changing throughout time,” said Polchenko.

Audiences will also be able to hear whether a composer’s style changed over time with both the youthful exuberance and the mature style of Bach’s cantata.

“They will be able to hear the difference between his earliest church cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden, written when he was 23 years old, and his epic St. Matthew Passion, composed 20 years later,” said Polchenko.

This year marks 250 years since the death of one of the most prolific composers of all time, Telemann. He wrote more than 3,000 compositions during his long productive life, said Polchenko.

“During his lifetime, he was more famous and popular than his friend, J.S. Bach,” she said.

EMO will commemorate the anniversary of Telemann’s death by performing one of his Easter cantatas, Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt.

“It was written for the first day of Easter, and reflects the celebratory mood of the season,” said Polchenko. “It is scored for tenor and a small ensemble, hence its light, intimate, almost chamber quality. It is expertly performed by Vernon’s own remarkable tenor Paul Moore.”

EMO has also assembled a group of Interior musician to join them.

Kamloops-based violinist Cvetozar Vutev, who has performed in numerous solo, chamber, symphony and opera performances across Europe, Korea, Japan and Canada, will perform his interpretation of J.S. Bach’s solo violin music (from Sonata #1) and will also join Vernon’s period music ensemble Oko Baroquo for several pieces.

Penticton soprano Tracy Fehr, who is an EMO regular and early music specialist, will also perform, along with a cappella group Inspirati Chorale, another EMO regular and a local favourite, who will showcase medieval and renaissance choral music.

The April 1 concert at Vernon’s All Saints Anglican Church starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 and $25 for seniors at ticketseller.ca , 250-549-7469.

Just Posted

Date set for Silver Creek man’s bail ruling

Curtis Sagmoen will learn on Feb. 28 if he will be released from custody

UPDATE: Serwa second fastest in ski cross seeding

Kelowna ski cross racer has solid run in the seeding round of the women’s ski cross event

Liberals lukewarm on budget

Liberal North Okanagan-Shuswap MLAs unimpressed with NDP budget

Viper players finalists for league honours

Ty Taylor and Josh Prokop of Vernon Vipers nominated for league hardware

Overnight chill falls short of Feb. 21 records

Icy temperatures across the Okanagan-Shuswap don’t beat lows set in 1910, 1894

Thief helps himself to cash register

Vernon business asking for public’s help to identify suspect

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Most Read