Charlotte Bach Festival: Bach@The Brauhaus: Peter Blanchette, 11-string archguitar

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Peter Blanchette is known internationally as the virtuoso inventor of the 11-string archguitar. His repertoire of compositions and arrangements spans the medieval, renaissance and baroque, as well as World Music and New Music. Peter is especially devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and has arranged hundreds of pieces by the kapellmeister.

$20

Charlotte Bach Festival: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Sandra Levine Theatre (formerly Dana Auditorium) 2319 Wellesley Ave. Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, Charlotte, NC, United States

Aisslinn Nosky, violin Members of Bach Akademie Charlotte Orchestra Composed in 1718−1720, Antonio Vivaldi's best-known work, the four violin concertos known as the The Four Seasons, was a revolution in musical conception. One of the earliest and most detailed examples of what we now call program music, Vivaldi represented flowing creeks, singing birds, a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires. Handel and Haydn Society concertmaster and Bach Akademie Charlotte Artistic Leader Aisslinn Nosky solos and leads the Bach Akademie Charlotte Orchestra in this brilliant tour de force. Johann Sebastian BACH | Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083 Antonio VIVALDI | The Four Seasons

$35 – $60

Charlotte Bach Festival: Bach’s Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass)

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Charlotte 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Jonathan Moyer, organ Johann Sebastian BACH | Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass) Oberlin College & Conservatory’s Jonathan Moyer performs the Clavier-Übung III, a collection of compositions for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is considered Bach’s most significant work for organ, containing some of his most complex and demanding compositions.  

$15 – $25

Charlotte Bach Festival: Lagrime mie: Songs of Lamentation, Disdain, and Renewal

McColl Center for Art + Innovation Charlotte, NC, United States

Lagrime mie: Songs of Lamentation, Disdain, and Renewal explores the overlapping musical worlds of Elizabethan lute song and Italian recitative lament—featuring works by Dowland, Lanier, Rossi, and Monteverdi. Lanier’s expressive and expansive scena Hero’s Lament to Leander breaks the strictures of small form lute songs, channeling its heroine’s complex emotional shifting sands through the recitative style typical of the compositional and rhetorical frames imposed by contemporary Italian composers and pairs exquisitely with Rossi’s Lament di Zaida moro. The recitative lament as a genre is flanked by more restrictive, yet equally soul-baring musical forms, including Claudio Monteverdi’s Voglio di vita uscir, a curiously upbeat lament set over the ciaccona ground base, offering a shining beam of possibility and light in an otherwise dark world.

$15 – $50

Charlotte Bach Festival: Bach, The Next Chapter

Sarah Belk Gambrell Center 2319 Wellesley Ave, Charlotte, NC, United States

Aisslinn Nosky, leader Members of the Bach Akademie Charlotte Orchestra Johann Sebastian Bach had an enormous influence on the composers of the next generation. This instrumental concert features the music of his most famous son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and his contemporaries—and reveals how “old Bach’s” influence manifests in their works.

$15 – $50

Charlotte Bach Festival: Vocal Fellows Recital

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Vocal Fellows Members of the Bach Akademie Charlotte Orchestra This performance features our Vocal Fellows. Designed for singers on the cusp of professional careers, the Vocal Fellows program provides opportunities for education and career advancement, as the singers benefit from a curriculum including individual coachings, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer roundtable discussions.

$15 – $40

Charlotte Bach Festival: The Monteverdi Experience I

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Charlotte 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Roseen Giles, Ph.D., Author/Assistant Professor of Music, Duke University Aisslinn Nosky, Concertmaster Members of Bach Akademie Charlotte Cantata Choir & Orchestra Claudio Monteverdi was a transitional figure, a firebrand whose music challenged, defied, and stretched the conventional methods and accepted norms of the day—clearly tilting music’s scale of progress. This Experience will explore the context of his monumental Vespers and the musical innovations he implemented throughout  it.

$20

Charlotte Bach Festival: The Renaissance Motet

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Charlotte Bach Festival Choir Nicolas Haigh, conducting An exploration of the Renaissance motet, as seen through the works of Monteverdi’s musical antecedents, counterparts, and influences—featuring works by Palestrina, Gombert, Byrd, and Gibbons. This program will traverse the gamut from the rhythmically taught and textually explosive Gloria from Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli to William Byrd's searing recusant motet Ne Irascaris–Civitas Sancti Tui. Choral fireworks abound in Orlando Gibbons' O clap your hands following the bittersweet foretaste of death in Gombert's Media Vita. Nicolas Haigh, Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City and a Bach Akademie Charlotte Artisti Leader, leads the ensemble. Nicolas Haigh serves as Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City. Originally from the United Kingdom, Nicolas previously held positions with the multiple Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College, Oxford, and York Minster. He is a recipient of the coveted Limpus Prize from the Royal College of Organists and held the Sir William McKie Organ Scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge.

$15 – $50

Charlotte Bach Festival: The Monteverdi Experience II

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Charlotte 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Roseen Giles, Ph.D., Author/Assistant Professor of Music, Duke University Aisslinn Nosky, Concertmaster Members of Bach Akademie Charlotte Cantata Choir & Orchestra Claudio Monteverdi was a transitional figure, a firebrand whose music challenged, defied, and stretched the conventional methods and accepted norms of the day—clearly tilting music’s scale of progress. This Experience will explore the context of his monumental Vespers and the musical innovations he implemented throughout  it.

$20

Charlotte Bach Festival: Cello, Ascending The Rising Virtuosity of the Baroque Cello

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlotte 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, North Carolina

In the early to mid 17th century, the bulkiness of the cello—the bass member of the violin family—saw it relegated almost exclusively to an accompanimental role. Technical innovations made in the 1680s led composers to reconsider the instrument. This recital explores rich and powerful music before and after the recognition of the cello’s full range of expressive and virtuosic power. Guy Fishman is principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, and is a Bach Akademie Charlotte Artistic Leader.

$15 – $50

Charlotte Bach Festival: Closing Concert: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

Sarah Belk Gambrell Center 2319 Wellesley Ave, Charlotte, NC, United States

In 1601, Claudio Monteverdi assumed musical leadership of the ducal chapel in Mantua, having been employed as a musician in the court of Vincenzo Gonzaga for many years. The responsibility to prove the Gonzaga’s power and prestige through the ducal chapel’s liturgical and musical splendor seemed to have a commensurate effect on Monteverdi as well. With a Venetian publisher and an ever-expanding portfolio of compositions and successes, Monteverdi traveled to Rome in 1610, and successfully gained permission to dedicate his new volume of Vespers music to Pope Paul V. Monteverdi's innovations helped to revolutionize musical composition.

$15 – $60