Dear Festival Supporters,
You are the among the first to learn that tickets are now on sale for this year’s Baroque Music Festival.
This will be our second quadrennial Bach-Fest — and what varied Bach we have for you! We will offer his first suite for solo cello, works transcribed for solo guitar, a cantata, two orchestral suites, a Brandenburg concerto, a motet and the glorious Magnificat. There will be a great variety of instruments as well: strings, recorder, flutes, oboes, a rare Baroque tenor oboe, bassoon, trumpets, harpsichord, organ and timpani. And many voices!
I recently played in a concert of four great Bach cantatas and, for about the 7,000th time, was floored by Bach’s incredible reach, his harmonic genius, his instrumentation, and his unparalleled sensitivity to vocal texts. Bach addresses every emotion — not just the usual joy, anger and grief, but subtler emotions, like eagerness, devotion, numinousness, exaltation, anticipation and mystery. His music evokes simulacra of lawfulness, strength, horror, blessedness, indignation and more. Bach is the supreme musical storyteller, holding us spellbound, and all the while feeding our souls.
We will of course offer music by other composers: 17th-century Spanish luminaries will appear on Monday’s guitar recital, and German ones at Wednesday’s Gardens concert. Then, 18th-century composers will feature in both our opening concerto program and Friday Gardens chamber program. While difficult for me to promote one program over another, I hope you will be intrigued by our Monday and Wednesday concerts, as I know you will be thrilled and moved by our guest artists in these two intimate evenings.
Looking forward with all my heart to welcoming everyone!
Elizabeth Blumenstock, Artistic Director
Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar