Friday March 8, 2019 | 7:30PM (Pre-concert talk at 6:45PM)
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This concert features one of the greatest masterworks of 17th-century music, Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, an intense and expressive cycle of cantatas on the wounds of Christ. The programme will also explore selected masterworks of 17th-century Germany for choir, soloists, and instruments. The Keio University Ensemble from Tokyo, directed by Nozomi Sato, joins local soloists, members of EMV and UBC’s Baroque Mentorship Orchestra, and Cappella Borealis for a rich and varied programme from the German Baroque. Admission by donation.
This concert is generously supported by Keio University, Design the Future Fund and Hakuju Institute for Health Science, Co. Ltd. and Maurice & Tama Copithorne
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Alexander Weimann, music director
Alexander Weimann is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation. After traveling the world with ensembles like Tragicomedia, and as frequent guest with Cantus Cölln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Gesualdo Consort and Tafelmusik, he now focuses on his activities as conductor of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and regular guest conductor of ensembles including the Montreal Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
Weimann was born in 1965 in Munich, where he studied the organ, church music, musicology (with a summa con laude thesis on Bach’s secco recitatives), theatre, mediæval Latin, and jazz piano, supported by a variety of federal scholarships. From 1990 to 1995, Weimann taught music theory, improvisation, and Jazz at the Munich Musikhochschule. Since 1998, he has been giving master classes in harpsichord and historical performance practice at institutions such as Lunds University in Malmö and the Bremen Musikhochschule, and at North American universities such as The University of California in Berkeley, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, McGill in Montreal, and Mount Allison in New Brunswick. Since 2007, he has conducted several acclaimed opera productions at the Amherst Early Music Festival. He now teaches at the University of British Columbia and directs the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme there.
A multiple Juno and Grammy nominee, Weimann can be heard on some 100 CDs. Recent highlights include an Opus and Juno award winning CD of Handel oratorio arias with soprano Karina Gauvin, a recording of Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Les Voix Baroques/Arion Baroque Orchestra, and a Juno nominated recording of Handel’s Orlando with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra that was also awarded a Gramophone Editor’s Choice award.
Alex lives with his wife, three children and pets in Ladner BC, and tries to spend as much time as possible in his garden.
Cappella Borealis was founded in 2015 as Vancouver’s own ensemble for early brass music. Consisting of Jeremy Berkman, Alex Fisher, Ellen Marple, and Nathan Wilkes, all performers of the early trombone (sackbut), Cappella Borealis explores a range of repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods featuring early brass, often in combination with voices and other instruments. The ensemble has appeared with musica intima and in the Vancouver Bach Festival presented by Early Music Vancouver.
Keio University Collegium Musicum, Academy Vocal Ensemble
Keio University Collegium Musicum is part of the University's ordinary liberal arts education program. The "Academy Vocal Ensemble" (directed by Professor Nozomi Sato) is the small-sized chamber choir (ca. 25 singers) of the Collegium. The members receives regularly vocal training aiming unity of independent singers. Since its founding in 2013 the Ensemble has performed repertories from Baroque to Modern era (H. Schütz, D. Buxtehude, G. F. Handel, G.Fauré, A.Miyoshi etc.), working together not only with its instrumental counterpart "Early Music Academy" of the Collegium, but also with professional musicians residing in Tokyo Metropolitan area. Their performance of Handel’s Messiah (full-length) in February 2018 has received great reputation. The Ensemble will appear in a concert that will be held on March 8, 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, featuring, among all else, D. Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostori, one of the most notable Passion cantatas of seventeenth-century Germany. This is a collaboration concert with UBC Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme (BOMP) and Early Music Vancouver.
Co-director of Keio University Collegim Musicum, Conductor and Director of vocal part of the Collegium.
Nozomi Sato earned his PhD in Musicology from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2005 and is currently professor of musicology at Keio University. He obtained his BA and MA in musicology from Tokyo University of the Arts and also also studied at graduate level at the University of Cologne and the Ruhr University Bochum. His publications include The Typology of Instrumental Music in German Music Theory Writings, ca. 1650–1750 (2005), Rethinking Baroque Music (2017), as well as articles on music theology, education, and other scholarly topics. He was trained as practical musician. He is directing vocal section of Keio University Collegium Musicum including its Academy Vocal Ensemble. He is also organist of Asagaya Church, Tokyo.