Past Concerts


Friday May 18th: Trumpets Shall Sound
with Simon Munday, trumpet (UK)

A grand orchestral program for trumpets, horns, winds, and strings Handel, Telemann, Purcell, Biber

Additional Performances

Saturday May 19 – 7:30pm

Presented by Cowichan Symphony Society
Duncan Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan
Purchase tickets for this concert through the Cowichan Symphony Society


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Trumpet Concerto in D TWV51:D7

Heinrich Biber (1644-1704): Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes:
Sonatas No. 4 & 6

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Instrumental Suite from Fairy Queen

Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758): Concerto in D FaWV L:D14

Fasch: Trumpet Concerto in D FaWV:LD1

Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729): Concerto for flute and oboe in G minor S238

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Water Music Suites in G and D  HWV 349/350

Programme Notes for May 18


Linda Melsted – Leader
Christi Meyers
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith
Paul Luchkow
Kathryn Wiebe
Kirsty Money
Mieka Michaux
Joanna Hood
Martin Bonham
Natalie Mackie
Soile Stratkauskas
Curtis Foster
Marea Chernoff
Katrina Russell
Simon Munday
David Michaux
Andrew Clark
Steven Denroche
Michael Jarvis

Simon Munday playing Giovanni Porta’s Sinfonia for Trumpet, Strings and B.C. in D major, La Serenissima

 Music For Passion Tide
March 28, 2017


J. S. Bach: Cantata for Palm Sunday: Himmelskönig sei willkommen BWV 182
Soloists: Zachary Windus, countertenotr; Nolan Kehler, tenor; Louis Dillon, baritone

G. B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Soloists: Adriána Kalafszky soprano; Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, mezzo-soprano

J. Handl: Motet for Good Friday Ecce quomod moritur

Applausi Festivi with Kati Debretzeni leader/violin

Victoria – Friday, January 12, 2017
Nanaimo – Saturday, January 13, 2017
Saltspring Island – Sunday, January 14, 2017

A riot of fiery and virtuosic works by Italian Baroque masters, full of energy, drama, passion and drive! One of the leading baroque violinists of our time, Kati Debretzeni (UK), leads the Victoria Baroque in a varied programme of Baroque Concerti.

Applause Festivi concert rehersal video.


Vivaldi: Sinfonia for strings in G major RV 149
Locatelli: Concerto Grosso in E flat Op.7 No.6 Il Pianto d’Arianna
Vivaldi: Concerto for violin and double orchestra in D major RV 582
Vivaldi: Chamber Concerto in C major RV 88
Dall’Abacco: Concerto for two flutes and strings in E minor Op.5 No.3
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso after Corelli’s violin sonata in A major H.140
Brescianello: Chaconne in A Major

Concert Programme Notes


Kati Debretzeni
leader / violin
Christi Meyers
Paul Luchkow
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith
Chloe Kim
Kathryn Wiebe
Mieka Michaux
Kirsty Money
Martin Bonham
Natalie Mackie
Soile Stratkauskas
Lana Betts
Katrina Russell
Michael Jarvis
Guzman Ramos

Victoria Baroque in Rehersal with Kati Debretzeni – January 2013


Death and Transcendence – Sunday November 12, 2017
with the St John’s Chamber Singers

Sublime cantatas by J.S. Bach for the times of remembrance, and the upcoming season of Advent.

J.S. Bach: Cantata “Aus der Tiefen” BWV 131
G. P. Telemann: Aria “Wandelt in der Liebe” from Cantata TWV1:1498
Bach: Andante BWV 528/2, transcription
Bach: Choral “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” from BWV 147
D. Buxtehude: Magnificat
Bach: Cantata for first Sunday of Advent “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” BWV 61
Bach: Motet “O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht” BWV 118

Victoria Baroque with St John’s Chamber Singers
David Stratkauskas, director

Anne van der Sloot, soprano
Alana Hayes, mezzo soprano
Kieran Foss, tenor
Nolan Kehler, tenor
Nathan McDonald, baritone

Co-presented with the Church of St John the Divine

The Art and Craft of the Sonata – Saturday September 9, 2017
Three-part writing cultivated to its highest level: ingenious and sensuous Trio Sonatas by Bach and Handel.

Soile Stratkauskas – flute
Christi Meyers – violin
Katrina Russell – bassoon
Michael Jarvis – harpsichord & chamber organ


Bach: Trio Sonata in G major BWV 525 (transcription)
Handel: Trio Sonata in E minor Op.5 No.3
Bach: Sonata in D major BWV 528 (transcription)
Bach: Two-part Inventions No.4 & 8 (transcription)
Trio in F major BWV 1040
Handel: Trio Sonata in F Major Op.5 No.6
Bach: Trio Sonata in E Minor BWV 526 (transcription)
Handel: Passacaille from Trio Sonata in G major Op.5 No.4


Concerti con Molti Strumenti – May 2017
with Steven Devine, harpsichord/director

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 BWV 1046
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050
Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 174
Telemann: Concerto in B flat major TWV 44:43
Handel: Chaconne for harpsichord and strings in B flat major (trans.)
Heinicken: Concerto in F major S.234

Duncan: Friday May 26th (presented by Cowichan Symphony Society)
Victoria: Saturday May 27th
Salt Spring Island: Sunday May 28th (presented by Artspring)

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 – Saturday, November 12, 2016
with St John’s Chamber Singers

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

Summer 2016 

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, Thursday, January 14
Duncan Christian Reformed Church
Vancouver: Early Music Vancouver, Friday, January 15
Vancouver Playhouse
Victoria: Early Music Society of the Islands – Saturday January 16
Alix Goolden Hall
Saltspring Island; Artspring, Sunday January 17

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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 11, 2015
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo

Saturday September 12, 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 22, 2015
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo
Saturday May 23, 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 22, 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 January 23, 2015
St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo
Saturday January 24, 2015
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria
Sunday January 25, 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’)

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra Baroque Workshop Concert – May 18, 2014
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 5, 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 10, 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 – December 14, 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 Dominu – Friday, November 8, 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 – Friday September 6, 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 9 2013
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 – Tuesday March 12, 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 C

Bach, Handel, and More – Sunday Sept 23, 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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VCM Oratorio Programme: Bach Cantata Evening – Thurs August 9, 2012
Featuring the Advanced Singers
Alix Goolden Hall

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

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

The Italian Bach – May 27, 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 – Sunday April 1, 2012
with St John’s Chamber Singers
J.S. Bach/Pergolesi:
Psalm 51 ‘Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden’ BWV 1083;
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 13, 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 18, 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 17, 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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