Friday August 6, 2021 | 11AM & 1PM
Heron Lake at VanDusen Botanical Garden | Map
For the 2021 Vancouver Bach Festival finale, a smorgasbord of artists perform in the spectacular setting of Heron Lake at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. EMV’s artist-in-residence Jonathon Adams will sing baroque gems, Opus Prize Performer of the Year Elinor Frey will perform solo cello works by J.S. Bach, JUNO-winners L’harmonie des Saisons perform ravishing French baroque music, and Vancouver’s Silk Road Ensemble will perform classical Chinese works.
How to attend the concert:
CONCERTS ARE NOW FULLY RESERVED.
This concert is free with garden admission but reservations are required for the concert. VanDusen Botanical Garden is currently operating under limited capacity with designated entry times. We recommend purchasing your admission tickets in advance at vandusengarden.ca. Garden members can simply present their membership card for scanning upon entry, but must have reserved tickets for the concert.
Capacity of the concerts is limited to 100. Reservations are first come, first served.
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L’harmonie des Saisons performs:
Folies d’Espagne – Boutade, Muzette, Biscayenne
“The delights of Solitude”
Elinor Frey performs:
J.S. Bach for solo cello
Silk Road Music performs:
Roots & Shoots
L’harmonie des Saisons
Founded in 2010 by co-directors Mélisande Corriveau and Eric Milnes, Ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons inspires audiences with its fresh and unique interpretive approach to period performance. After presenting forty different programs in over 150 concerts, the ensemble continues to garner acclaim throughout Quebec, Canada, and on its tours abroad. Their recordings on ATMA Classique, Las Ciudades de Oro (2016) Pardessus de Viole (2017), and Marin Marais: Badinages (2020) have been the recipients of the coveted JUNO prize, the Prix Opus, Radio-Canada’s Recording of the Year, was featured among the CBC’s Top Ten CDs of the Year, and was placed on the Apple Music Top Ten Classical Recording list (2020).
The ensemble is host to a prestigious series of concerts in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and has been featured at festivals across Europe, North and South America. They are the recipient of generous grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Musicaction Foundation, and a number of Montérégie and Eastern Township municipalities. This past season they met the challenge of the pandemic by presenting over fifty of the ensemble’s performers in a series of eight online concerts on the Canada Classique streaming platform.
Upcoming productions include performances on tour of Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat, Cantatas of CPE and JS Bach, Handel’s Messiah, and a premiere performance of Faure’s Requiem on period instruments. In October will be released a duo CD of the music of JS Bach on ATMA Classique, followed by plans for four recordings in 2021-2022: Bach Arias and Chamber Music, Bach Concerti, Vivaldi Concerti, and French Baroque Chamber music.
Silk Road Music
A Vancouver based ensemble that bridges classical Chinese music to the practices of the 21st century. Since 1991, it has performed hundreds of concerts in many parts of the World. From festivals, universities and with symphony orchestras, its artistic direction reflects the fundamental desire of each musician to strive for discovery.
Qiu Xia He 何秋霞：Artistic director⾳樂總監/Pipa琵琶/Voice歌唱
Yun Song 宋云：Erhu⼆胡
Zhi Min Yu 于志敏： Ruan阮
Zhong Xi Wu 吴忠喜：Suona唢呐/Sheng笙/Bili
Charlie Lui 呂畇初：Dizi笛⼦/Xiao箫/Xun埙
Min Lin 林敏：Guqin古琴/Guzheng古箏
Andre Thibault： Percussion打擊樂
Elinor Frey, Cello
Elinor Frey is a leading Canadian-American cellist and researcher who specializes in early music and new music. Her acclaimed CDs on the Belgian label Passacaille – most of which are world premiere recordings – include La voce del violoncello (2013), Berlin Sonatas (2015) with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, Fiorè (2017), which features soprano Suzie LeBlanc, and Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco: Cello Sonatas (2020) which received a Diapason d’Or. Her current release is Antonio Vandini: Complete Works, a project in collaboration with Marc Vanscheeuwijck. Her critical edition of Dall’Abaco Sonatas is published in collaboration with Walhall Editions.
Frey’s album of new works for Baroque cello, titled Guided By Voices, was released on the Analekta label in 2019. In recent seasons she has performed throughout N. America and Europe, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica. Recipient of a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship, Frey holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard. She teaches early cello at the University of Montréal, lectures at McGill University, and is a Visiting Fellow in Music at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. Frey was awarded Québec’s Opus Prize for “Performer of the Year” in 2021.
Jonathon Adams, baritone
Born in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Canada), Jonathon Adams is a Two-Spirit, nêhiyaw michif (Cree-Métis) baritone and performance artist. In concert, they have appeared as a soloist with Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Václav Luks, Ensemble BachPlus, Vox Luminis, il Gardellino, and B’Rock Orchestra at Opera-Ballet Flanders. Jonathon is a featured soloist in the film “MESSIAH / COMPLEX” produced by Against the Grain Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2020). Jonathon was a fellow of the Netherland Bach Society in 2020 and performs regularly with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir.
Future solo engagements include a recording and concerts with il Gardellino, concerts with Servir Antico, Les Voix Humaines, Ensemble Caprice, Amplified Opera (Toronto), Agave Baroque, L’Orchestre Baroque Arion, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, L’Harmonie des Saisons, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Thanks to a long term ‘Creating, Knowing and Sharing’ grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2021 will witness the world premiere of Adams’ performance piece nipahimiw / the plaint with collaborators Christi Belcourt, Reneltta Arluk, Evan Ducharme, Susie Napper and Catalina Vicens. nipahimiw / the plaint will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver’s UBC First Nations Longhouse, Montreal’s McCord Museum, Quamajuq Inuit Art Museum (Winnipeg) and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.