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Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra presents "a string of pearls" by J.S. Bach. On the program are Bach's Brandenburg Concerti No. 3, No. 5 & No. 6, the Double Concerto for violin and oboe & Suite No. 2 for flute and orchestra. Soloists include concertmaster Ilia Korol, oboist Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz, and flutist Stephen Schultz
SANTA MONICA, Calif. Late music critic Alan Rich once described Musica Angelica as “a Baroque gem…a triumph…the best of its kind in these parts.” Martin Haselböck, Music Director of the Baroque orchestra so highly regarded by Rich, recently used much the same image when asked to share his thoughts about “Bach Concerti,” which Musica Angelica will present at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica.
“These concerti are a string of pearls from the grand master, Johann Sebastian Bach,” says Haselböck, hailed worldwide as a leading solo organist, orchestral and opera conductor, and composer.
On the program are Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6; Double Concerto for violin and oboe; and Suite No. 2 for flute and orchestra.
Haselböck, whose career has centered on the Baroque and Classical eras of music, summarizes why he selected these particular “pearls” by Bach:
“The program showcases a collection of the most inventive concerti Bach has ever written,” says Haselböck. “Among them are the first keyboard concerto (Brandenburg No. 5), the first concerto with virtuoso viols (Brandenburg No. 6), a brilliant group concerto with 10 strings (Brandenburg No. 3), a double concerto for violin and oboe, and the grand French overture for flute and strings ending with the famous Badinerie, which is similar to an Italian scherzo.”
Musicologist Christoph Wolff, Professor of Music at Harvard University and Director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig, agrees with Haselböck’s assessment of the Brandenburg concertos. “Bach used the widest spectrum of orchestral instruments…in daring combinations,” Wolff wrote. “Every one of the six concertos set a precedent in scoring, and every one was to remain without parallel.”
Joining members of Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra for “Bach Concerti” are award-winning oboist Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz, who has appeared both as principal oboist and concerto soloist with most of the leading period instrument groups in America and has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe, flutist Stephen Schultz, deemed “among the most flawless artists on the Baroque flute” by the San Jose Mercury News, and Musica Angelica’s concertmaster Ilia Korol.
Tickets for “Bach Concerti” are available at prices ranging from $15 (student price, with valid ID) to $55/person. For more information or to order tickets, call 310.458.4504, or visit www.MusicaAngelica.org.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA 91101; First Presbyterian Church is located at 1220 Second Street in Santa Monica, CA 90402.
ABOUT THE SOLOISTS
Ilia Korol, violin
Concertmaster Ilia Korol hails from Kiev and studied violin under Abraham Stern and Marina Iashvili at Moscow's Music Academy. Since 1997 he has lived in Austria where he performs regularly with Wiener Akademie and Martin Haselböck. In recognition of his artistic achievements he received Austrian citizenship in 2001. He has performed as concertmaster of the Musica Antiqua Köln filling in for the famous Baroque violinist Reinhardt Goebel on their tour of the United States, which included a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has also performed with The Bach Ensemble with Joshua Rifkin, the Spanish Baroque Orchestra RCOC and is member of the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria and the Clemencic Consort. He has performed in many important festivals and concert halls in the United States including the Boston Early Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Berkeley Festival, and Salt Lake City. Ilia Korol has also been featured on numerous CD recordings.
Stephen Schultz, flute
Stephen Schultz, called "among the most flawless artists on the baroque flute" by the San Jose Mercury News, and “flute extraordinaire” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, is solo and Principal flutist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica and performs with other leading early music groups such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Chatham Baroque, and Apollo's Fire. Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe and North America with featured appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Göttingen International Handel Festival, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Tage Alter Musik Festival, Regensburg, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Monadnock Music, J. Paul Getty Museum Summer Series, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and San Jose Chamber Music Society.
A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Holland, Schultz also holds several degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and the California State University of San Francisco. Currently he is an Associate Teaching Professor in Music History and Flute at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra. Mr. Schultz is also a featured faculty member of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Flute Master Class at Carnegie Mellon University and at the International Baroque Institute at Longy School of Music.
In 1986, Mr. Schultz founded the original instrument ensemble, American Baroque. This unique group brings together some of America's most accomplished and exciting baroque instrumentalists, with the purpose of defining a new, modern genre for historical instruments. The group's adventurous programs combine 18th-century music with new works, composed for the group through collaborations and commissions from American composers.
As solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Schultz appears on fifty recordings for such labels as Dorian, Naxos, Harmonia Mundi USA, New Albion, Amon Ra, and Koch International Classics. Schultz has produced and edited forty CDs for his colleagues and has also performed and recorded with world music groups such as D'CuCKOO and Haunted by Waters, using his electronically processed Baroque flute to develop alternative sounds that are unique to his instrument. He has been very active in commissioning new music written for his instrument and in 1998, Carolyn Yarnell wrote 10/18 for solo, processed Baroque Flute and dedicated it to Mr. Schultz. The Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith wrote Traverso Mistico, which is scored for electric Baroque flute, solo cello, and chamber orchestra. It was given its world premiere at Carnegie Mellon University in April 2006 and this highly successful collaboration was followed in 2008 with Galbraith's Night Train and Other Sun in 2009.
Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz, oboe
Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz has appeared both as principal oboist and concerto soloist with most of the leading period instrument groups in America and has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe under conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Reinhard Goebbel and Mark Minkowski. His playing is featured on numerous recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Equally accomplished on the modern instrument, he has performed as principal oboist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Chamber Symphony among others. Mr. Ruiz was a prizewinner at the Brugges Early Music Competition in Belgium and for many years has been professor of oboe at the Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute. He has also taught at the Longy School in Cambridge and given master classes at Indiana University. An active chamber musician, he has made numerous reconstructions and arrangements, notably from the works of Bach and Rameau. Twice he's been a featured recitalist at the annual convention of the International Double Reed Society. Mr. Ruiz is an acknowledged expert in historical reed making techniques, and over two dozen of his pieces are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Ruiz is also active in the field of contemporary music and was awarded the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Ruiz also performs with American Baroque.
ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR MARTIN HASELBÖCK
Martin Haselböck, appointed Musica Angelica's music director beginning with the premier Baroque ensemble's 2005-06 season, has distinguished himself in many ways on the international music stage. Equally at home with period- and modern-instrument ensembles, he has earned an outstanding reputation as a solo organist, an orchestral and opera conductor and composer. Haselböck's main focus lies in works of the Baroque and Classical periods.
As a solo organist, he has performed under the direction of conductors Abbado, Maazel, Muti, and Stein, has won numerous competitions and has made more than fifty solo recordings. Additionally, he has conducted over 60 recordings, with repertoire ranging from Baroque to 20th Century vocal and instrumental works. This prodigious output has earned him the Deutsches Schallplatten Critics' Prize as well as the Hungarian Liszt Prize.
While in his official role as Court Organist for Vienna, where he was responsible for an extensive repertoire of classical church music, Haselböck began an intense commitment to conducting, which led to his founding the now-famous Vienna Akademie Ensemble in 1985. With this period instrument orchestra, Haselböck established a year-round cycle of concerts for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
Haselböck frequently guest conducts major orchestras including the Vienna Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Flemish National Philharmonic, Radio Orchestra Hilversum, the Toronto Symphony and the National Philharmonics of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Slovenia. In the United States, he has conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also been a guest with his Vienna Akademie as Artist-In-Residence with numerous festivals including those of the Cologne Philharmonic, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and MozartFest in Würzburg.
As an opera conductor, he made his debut with the Handel Festival in Göttingen. He regularly appears at the Zürich Opera and he conducted new productions of Mozart operas at the Theatre im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen, using historic instruments for the first time in Germany’s modern history. In 2000-01 he created new productions of Händel's "Acis and Galatea," Gassmann's "La Contessina," and Haydn's "Die Feuersbrunst" with his Vienna Akademie, following in 2002 with productions at the Festival in Schwetzingen (Benda's "Il buon marito") and Salzburg (Händel's "Radamisto"). In 2004, he led productions of Händel's "Il trionfo del tempo" (Salzburg Festival), Mozart's "Il re pastore" (Klangbogen Wien), and Händel's "Radamisto" (touring to Spain, Istanbul, Venice, Israel, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam). He also conducted the U.S. premiere of Porpora's "Il Gedeone" in a concert version with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles.??When not conducting, Haselböck is busy unearthing long lost vocal/instrumental works in the dusty archives of Kiev and Vienna, finding unpublished gems by Biber, Porpora, Fux, Muffat, and the Bach family, which he transcribes and resurrects in historical re-creations for his Vienna Akademie Ensemble and festivals around the world.
Presenter / Producer: Musica Angelica
Music > Classical
Event Phone: 310-458-4504
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena CA 91101
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale
Performance Dates: 5/7/2011 - 5/8/2011
8 p.m. on 5/7
3 p.m. on 5/8
Tickets range from $15 (student ID) to $55
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