Past Concerts

Bach’s St. John Passion
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

One of the greatest stories ever told,
in Bach’s transcendent setting.

Marvels and Genius
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Grand chamber music of the Classical
era for strings, winds and fortepiano
by Haydn, Mozart, and others,
including an 18th-century transcription
of Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony.

 An Evening with Telemann
with St John’s Chamber Singers
Saturday, November 12, 2016

From tales of travels to harmonious
worship— chamber music from solo cantatas
to duets to sextets by one of the great masters.

“If Love’s a Sweet Passion”
September 10, 2016

featuring Nancy Argenta
Boyce: Symphony NO.1 in B flat Major
Handel: Crudel Tiranno Amor HWV 97
Croft: Ouverture from Laurus Cruentas
Lampe: Aira “Pretty Warblers” from Dione
Handel: Concerto in D major HWV 317/337
Purcell: Fantasy upon a Ground in D Major
Purcell: Arias and Dances from the Fairy Queen Z. 629

“Victoria Baroque Players
 on faculty
for
 the VCM Vocal Academy”
Thursday July 28, 2016
Faculty Concert: featuring Nancy Argenta,
Daniel Taylor, Steven Devine, John Abberger
and the Victoria Baroque Players
Wednesday August 3, 2016
Lunchtime Serenade: Student instrumentalists
with members of the Victoria Baroque Players
Thursday August 4, 2016
Bach Cantata Evening: Advanced singers
performing Bach Solo Cantatas
with the Victoria Baroque Players,
lead by Steven Devine
Friday August 5, 2016
Finale Performance: Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus
Canada’s best emerging singers as soloists
along with full chorus and the Victoria Baroque Players,
lead by Steven Devine.

 “Exultant Spring
 Saturday June 4, 2016
   conducted by Timothy Vernon
      with the St. John Chamber Singers
    Monica Orso, soprano
Rebecca Genge, soprano
Rebecca Claborn, mezzo soprano
Zachary Windus, countertenor
Kevin Myer, tenor
Andrew Erasmus, baritone
soloist bios

     Telemann: Die Tageszeiten
 Mozart: Exultate, jubliate
       Corrette: Laudate Dominum

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“Passages to Eternity”
Saturday March 12 2016
with St John’s Chamber Singers

Duruflé: Requiem Op. 9

Handel: Trio Sonata in B minor Op. 2 No.1
Buxtehude: “Mit Fried und Freud” BuxWV 76

Bach: Recitative and Aria Schlummert ein from Cantata BWV 82

Bach: Motet “Lobet den Herrn” BWV 230
Church of St John the Divine
, Victoria

“From Princes to Frogs”
January 2016

Directed by harpsichordist Steven Devine.
Handel: Sinfonia to Act III of Giulio Cesare
Telemann: Overture Suite “Wassermusik” – Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth
Handel: Orchestral Suite from Il Pastor Fido
Rameau: Orchestral Suite from Castor and Pollux
Telemann: Alster Overture Suite
Duncan; Cowichan Symphony Society, Thu Jan 14th
Duncan Christian Reformed Church
Vancouver; Early Music Vancouver, Fri Jan 15th
Vancouver Playhouse

Victoria; Early Music Society of the Islands, Sat Jan 16th

Alix Goolden Hall
Saltspring Island; Artspring, Sun Jan 17th
Artspring

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“Music for Advent”
Saturday November 28 2015
with St John’s Chamber Singers
Vivaldi: Magnificat RV 610
Buxtehude: Cantata, “Wie soll ich dich empfangen” BuxWV 109
Bach: Cantata “Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich’ BWV 150
Telemann: Flute Concerto TWV 51:D1
Vivaldi (spurious): Credo RV 592
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

“Surprise Symphony”
Friday September 11th 2015
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo
Saturday September 12th 2015
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
Haydn (transcr. Salomon): “Surprise Symphony”
Mozart (transcr. Masi): Overtures for Magic Flute & Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: Flute Quartet in D
Stamitz: Bassoon Quartet in B flat

“Summer Baroque’

Friday May 22nd 2015
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo
Saturday May 23rd 2015
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

Bach: Sonata for Flute and obligato harpsichord in B minor BWV 1030
Sonata for violin and obligato harpsichord in A major BWV 1015
Telemann: Paris Quartets in D major and E minor, TWV43:D3 & TWV43:e4

“Music for Passiontide & Easter”

Sunday March 22nd 2015
with St John’s Chamber Singers

Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
‘Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer’ from Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
‘Ich folge dir’ from St Jhn Passion, BWV 245
Kuhnau: Gott mein sei mir gnädig 
Zelenka: Lamentation of Jeremiah, ZWV 53:5
Buxtehude: Walst Gott, mein Werk ich lasse Buxwv 103,
Jesu, meines Lebens Leben Buxwv 62
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

“War, Folly and Leisure”
with Kati Debretzeni (UK), violin/leader

Friday Jan 23rd 2015
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo
Saturday Jan 24th 2015
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
Sunday Jan 25th 2015
Church of St Mary of Incarnation, Metchosin

C. Graupner: Sinfonia for 2 flutes, 2 horns, & strings in F major, GWV571
G. P. Telemann: Divertimento for 2 flutes, 2 horns & strings in Eb, TWV50:21
H. Biber: Battalia à 10 in D major, C.61
Telemann: Violin Concerto in B flat major, TWV 51:B1
F. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso Op5 No12 “La Folia”
F. Durante: Concerto No.8 for strings in A major “La Pazzia”

with generous assistance from the CRD Arts Development Service,
the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Hamber Foundation

 “Wachet Auf!”

Sun Nov 23rd 2014 Victoria
With St John’s Chamber Singers
J. S. Bach: Wachet Auf, BWV 140
D. Buxtehude: Wachet Auf, BuxWV100
G. P. Telemann: Deutsches Magnificat TWV9:18
Telemann: Viola Concerto – Mieka Michaux – viola
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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 “London Symphony”
Fri Sept 12th 2014  Nanaimo
Sat Sept 13th 2014 Victoria

L. Boccherini: Sextet in Eb for flute, bassoon, horn, and strings Op 38/1
W. A. Mozart: Quartet in C major for flute and strings, KV 285b
L. Kozeluch: Serenata in D for flute, horn, and strings, Op.11/1
J. Haydn/ transcribed by J. P. Salomon:
Symphony Quintetto after Symphony No.104 (‘London’)

May 18th 2014; Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra
Baroque Workshop Concert

led by the Victoria Baroque Players
J-F Rebel:
Les Elements
G. Handel: Watermusic
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Jesu Meine Freude”
April 5th 2014
with St John’s Chamber Singers
J. S. Bach: Jesu meine Freude BWV 227
Bach: Suite in B minor for flute and strings BWV 1067
D. Buxtehude: Jesu meine Freude BuxWV 60
Buxtehude: Alles was ihr tut BuxWV 4
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“A Festival of Concertos”
with Kati Debretzeni, violin (UK)

Concertos for multiple instruments by Vivaldi, Telemann, Fux, and Graupner

Friday January 10th 2014
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo

Saturday January 11th 2014
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

Sunday January 12th 2014
Church of St Mary’s Incarnation, Metchosin

 Supported by the BC Arts Council, the Capital Regional District Arts Development Service,
and the Hamber Foundation

“Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig”
Dec 14th 2013 EMSI Series
with Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, violin,
Nancy Argenta, soprano,
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor,
Steven Bélanger, baritone
Vox Humana Choir
Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Victoria

“Dixit Dominus”
Fri Nov 8th 2013
with St John’s Chamber Singers
A. Vivaldi: Sinfonia for Strings, Salve Regina, Invicti Bellate,
Flute Concerto in D maj “Il Gardenillo”
G. Handel: Dixit Dominus
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Victoria Baroque Players goes Classical”

Fri Sept 6th 2013 
Works for winds and strings by Haydn, Mozart, and more
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

Eine Kleine Summer Music Series
Sun June 9th 2013 – 2.30pm
Chamber works for horn, flute, violin, bassoon and harpsichord
by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Schmelzer
First Unitarian Church,
West Saanich Road, Victoria
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“A French Banquet”
Sat May 25th 2013
with Chloe Meyers, violin
J-P Rameau:
Dance Suite from Dardanus
J-M Leclair: Deuxième Récréation de Musique
Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin en Concert No.5
J-F Rebel: Les Eléments
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

 Bach’s St John Passion
Tue March 12th 2013
with Timothy Vernon, Director
Benjamin Butterfield, Evangelist,
and St John’s Chamber Singers
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Concerti for Multiple Instruments”
with Kati Debretzeni, violin

Fri Jan 11th 2013 – 8pm; Early Music Vancouver Series 
Christ Church Cathdedral, Vancouver
Sat Jan 12th – 8pm; Early Music Society of the Islands Series
Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria

C. Graupner: Overture for 2 horns, flute & strings in G Maj GWV466
G. F. Telemann: Concerto for flute, violin & strings in E min TWV52:e3
A. Vivaldi: Concerto for violin & strings in D maj op7/11 RV 208, “Il Grosso Mogul”
Telemann: Concerto for 4 violins without bass in G maj (TWV 40:201)
Heinichen: Concerto for 2 horns & strings in F Maj SeiH.231
Vivaldi: Concerto for flute, violin & bassoon in F Maj RV100
Telemann: Concerto for horn, violin, bassoon and strings in D Maj
(arr. Pisendel) TWV53:D5
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Victoria Children’s Choir’s Classical Christmas Concert
Mon Dec 3rd 2012
Charpentier:
Messe de Minuit pour Noel
Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria

“Music of Trust and Peace”
Fri Nov 9th 2012
with St John’s Chamber Singers
J.S. Bach: Cantatas ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan’ BWV 99
‘Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?’ BWV 155′
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’ BWV 125
C. Graupner: Concerto for bassoon and strings in C minor, GWV 307
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Bach, Handel, and More”
Sun Sept 23rd 2012 

with Nancy Argenta, soprano
G. Handel: Water Music Suite in G major No. 3, HWV 350
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata in C major BWV 529 (transcription for strings)
Bach: Cantata Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84
Telemann: Trio Sonata in E minor for flute, oboe and bc, TWV42:e2
Handel: Trio Sonata in G major for two violins and bc, Op.5 No.4
Handel: Arias from “L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato”
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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Thurs Aug 9th 2012 – VCM Oratorio Programme: Bach Cantata Evening
Featuring the Advanced Singers
Alix Goolden Hall

Tues Aug 7th 2012 – VCM Oratorio Programme: Evening Serenade
Featuring the Intermediate Singers
G. Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Excerpts)
Alix Goolden Hall

Sat Aug 4th 2012 – VCM Oratorio Programme Faculty Concert
Featuring Nancy Argenta, Daniel Taylor, Steven Devine and others
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Handel: Organ Concerto in F major
Alix Goolden Hall

“The Italian Bach”
May 27th 2012
with Nancy Washeim, soprano, Soile Stratkauskas, flute,
Christi Meyers and Paul Luchkow, violins, and Christopher Bagan, harpsichord

J.S. Bach: Cantata ‘Non Sa Che Sia Dolore’ BWV 209
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Triple Concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord BWV 1044
Italian Concerto for solo harpsichord BWV 971
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Bach on Palm Sunday”
April 1st 2012

with St John’s Chamber Singers
J.S. Bach/Pergolesi: Psalm 51 ‘Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden’ BWV 1083;
Bach: Cantata for Palm Sunday ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’ BWV 182,
Motet ‘Lobet den Herren’ BWV 230
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria

“Bach in Green Pastures”
Sunday Nov 13th 2011

with St John’s Chamber Singers
J.S. Bach: Cantatas ‘Der Herr denket an uns’ BWV 196
‘Erwünschtes Freudenlicht’ BWV 184
‘Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich’ BWV 150
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Bach and Argenta”
Sunday Sept 18th 2011

with Nancy Argenta, soprano and Christopher Bagan, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Cantata ‘Ich habe genug’ BWV 82
Harpsichord Concerto in A major BWV 1055
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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“Bach on Palm Sunday”
Sunday April 17th 2011

with St John’s Chamber Singers
J.S. Bach: Missa Brevis in A major BWV 234
‘O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht’ BWV 118
Orchestral Suite in B minor BWV 1067
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
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