Bach@Knox with Nicholas McGegan
Date(s) - 24/05/2019 - 25/05/2019
Knox Presbyterian Church
Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan leads members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, featured musicians, and extraordinary vocalists in a celebration of early music by Johann Sebastian Bach, one of history’s most influential composers.
This popular annual event takes place Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 pm at the historic Knox United Church in downtown Calgary. McGegan, Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony, has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras. His discography includes more than 100 recordings. In 2010, he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to music overseas.” McGegan will be joined by a first-rate ensemble of guest vocalists including soprano Sherezade Panthaki, alto Meg Bragle, tenor James Reese, and baritone Tyler Duncan.
The May 24 concert shines a light on some of Bach’s hidden treasures, including the Oboe d’Amore Concerto featuring the CPO’s David Sussman, assistant principal oboe, on the oboe d’amore. The May 25 concert showcases Bach’s orchestral writing, including the lively Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, with a first-rate ensemble of musicians and vocalists.
“The oboe d’amore is a lesser played member of the oboe family with a sound closest to the human voice — even its name is beautiful,” says Sussman. “We think this Bach concerto, originally for piano, would have been for the oboe d’amore because it’s perfectly in range and Bach often repurposed works for other instruments. The concerto is hauntingly beautiful with its sinuous slow movement and joyous finale.”