Events

Jan. 18 through Jan. 22, 2022

David Arrivée and Paul Woodring

Akademie — 'Bach and the Organ'

Tuesday, Jan. 18
6 p.m.,
Performing Arts Center

We think of J.S. Bach as a composer who demonstrated complete mastery of his art. However, during his lifetime, he was known primarily for his knowledge of the pipe organ and his ability to improvise on it. Join Bach Week co-director David Arrivée for an exploration of Bach’s multifaceted relationship with this instrument, with musical examples played by university organist Paul Woodring.

 

Chamber Concert: Organ Showcase

Tuesday, Jan. 18
7:30 p.m.,
Performing Arts Center

Following the Akademie lecture, University organist Paul Woodring will present a survey of the organ music of J.S. Bach on the Forbes pipe organ in the Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets ($10) for the lecture and concert

Leif WoodwardInstrumental Master Class

Thursday, Jan. 20
11:10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cal Poly Davidson Music Center, Room 218

For the first half, guest artist Leif Woodward, cello, will coach Cal Poly students in instrumental repertoire from the Baroque era, with a focus on historically informed performance. During the second half, he will coach students in effective continuo playing.

Free admission

Vocal Master Class

Thursday, Jan. 20
3:10 p.m.,
Cal Poly Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Guest artists Kerry Ginger and John Buffett will coach several Cal Poly voice students in repertoire from the Baroque era.

Free admission

Chamber concert musiciansChamber Concert: A Musical Portrait of a Venetian Courtesan

Friday, Jan. 21
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo

The courtesan in Renaissance Venice held a unique social position. Despite a life filled with hardship and danger, she was able to circumvent many of the patriarchal restrictions on women making music. A study of courtesan’s music is therefore a tantalizing window from which to view the sound world of domestic life in Renaissance Venice. This concert will explore this world, from the performance of “high art” madrigals by Barbara Strozzi and San Marco maestri Willeart and Rore, to “bawdy” Carnival songs in dialetto. Rounding out the program will be instrumental dance music, creating a fun and festive atmosphere, with moments of tragedy and pathos interspersed.

Performed by the world-class period instrument ensemble Tesserae Baroque. Works for solo voice and small instrument ensemble featuring guest artist Rebecca Myers, soprano, will round out the program.

Tickets ($20 general, $10 students)

Special ticket price: $30 general, $15 students if you purchase both the Jan. 21 and 22 concerts


John Brobeck

Pre-Concert Talk

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022
6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo

Bach Week co-director Scott Glysson will lecture on the history of the musical settings of Psalm 130 and the context of J.S. Bach’s Cantata, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir,” and Michel Richard Delalande’s "De profundis."

 

Bach Week Finale: 'Out of the Depths'

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022
7:30 p.m.,
 First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo

Psalm 130, which begins with the line "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord,” provided the text for one of J.S. Bach’s earliest cantatas, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir,” BWV 131. This poignant and arresting cantata, however, was not the only musical portrayal of this Psalm. The French composer Michel Richard Delalande wrote his powerful "De profundis” to the same text, though in a different language, around 20 years before Bach. A suite of French music, directed by the musicians of Tesserae Baroque, rounds out the program.

Tickets ($20 general, $10 students) for the talk and concert. SOLD OUT. A free livestream will be available of both presentations.

Special ticket price: $30 general, $15 students if you purchase both the Jan. 21 and 22 concerts