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June 14–22, 2024

Bach Akademie Charlotte Goes to Italy (Musically...)

Stay in Charlotte while you take a musical tour with us to Italy, as we perform music from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, explore the influence Italian compositional style had on Johann Sebastian Bach, and gain insight into Bach's infuence on the next generation of composers. The 2024 Charlotte Bach Festival is bookended by two of the most stunning works of the era—Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610—and there's a lot of great music in between!

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2024 Charlotte Bach Festival Schedule

Friday, June 14

Bach at the Brauhaus
7:00 pm


Saturday, June 15
 

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Opening Concert: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

With Johann Sebastian Bach’s Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083

7:30 pm
Sandra Levine Theater
Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, Queens University

 

Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Composed in 1718−1720, Antonio Vivaldi's best-known work, the four violin concertos known as the The Four Seasons, was a revolution in musical conception. One of the earliest and most detailed examples of what we now call program music, Vivaldi represented flowing creeks, singing birds, a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires. 

Handel and Haydn Society concertmaster and Bach Akademie Charlotte Artistic Leader Aisslinn Nosky solos and leads the Bach Akademie Charlotte Orchestra in this brilliant tour de force.

PREMIUM SEATING EVENT

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Martin Porter.


Sunday, June 16
 

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Bach’s Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass)
7:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

Jonathan Moyer, organ
Jonathan Moyer is the David S. Boe Associate Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at Oberlin College and Conservatory, and is organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, OH. He has also been a visiting-lecturer in organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck, Germany. He specializes in a vast repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century, and has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Japan. The Baltimore Sun has described his playing as “ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting.”


Monday, June 17
 

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Lagrime mie: Songs of Lamentation, Disdain, and Renewal
7:30 pm
McColl Center

Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano
William Simms, theorbo

Lagrime mie: Songs of Lamentation, Disdain, and Renewal explores the overlapping musical worlds of Elizabethan lute song and Italian recitative lament—featuring works by Dowland, Lanier, Rossi, and Monteverdi. Praised as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina) with “a talent for character portrayal” (Chicago Classical Review), soprano and Bach Akademie Charlotte Artistic Leader Margaret Carpenter Haigh captivates audiences with her “flawless intonation” and “perfect vocalism” (CVNC).


Tuesday, June 18

Bach, The Next Chapter
7:30 pm
Kathryn Greenhoot Recital Hall, Queens University

J.S. Bach had an enormous influence on the composers of the next generation. This instrumental concert features the music of his most famous son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and his contemporaries—and reveals how “old Bach’s” influence manifests in their works.

Aisslinn Nosky, leader
Members of the Bach Akademie Charlotte Orchestra

PREMIUM SEATING EVENT


Wednesday, June 19

Vocal Fellows Recital
7:30 pm
Location TBA

This performance features our Vocal Fellows. Designed for singers on the cusp of professional careers, the Vocal Fellows program provides opportunities for education and career advancement, as the singers benefit from a curriculum including individual coachings, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer roundtable discussions. 

PREMIUM SEATING EVENT


Thursday, June 20

 

The Monteverdi Experience I
12:00 pm
Location TBA

Claudio Monteverdi was a transitional figure, a firebrand whose music challenged, defied, and stretched the conventional methods and accepted norms of the day—clearly tilting music’s scale of progress. This Experience will explore the context of his monumental Vespers and the musical innovations he implemented throughout  it.

Nicolas HaighThe Renaissance Motet
7:30 pm
Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Charlotte Bach Festival Choir
Nicolas Haigh, conducting

An exploration of the Renaissance motet, as seen through the works of Monteverdi’s musical antecedents, counterparts, and influences—featuring works by Palestrina, Gombert, Byrd, and Gibbons. This program will traverse the gamut from the rhythmically taught and textually explosive Gloria from Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli to William Byrd's searing recusant motet Ne Irascaris–Civitas Sancti Tui. Choral fireworks abound in Orlando Gibbons' O clap your hands following the bittersweet foretaste of death in Gombert's Media Vita. Nicolas Haigh, Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City and a Bach Akademie Charlotte Artisti Leader, leads the ensemble.

PREMIUM SEATING EVENT


Friday, June 21

The Monteverdi Experience II
12:00 pm
Location TBA

Claudio Monteverdi was a transitional figure, a firebrand whose music challenged, defied, and stretched the conventional methods and accepted norms of the day—clearly tilting music’s scale of progress. This Experience continues our exploration of the context of his monumental Vespers and the musical innovations he implemented throughout  it.

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7:30 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church

Guy Fishman, cello
In the early to mid 17th century, the bulkiness of the cello—the bass member of the violin family—saw it relegated almost exclusively to an accompanimental role. Technical innovations made in the 1680s led composers to reconsider the instrument. This recital explores rich and powerful music before and after the recognition ofthe cello’s full range of expressive and virtuosic power. Guy Fishman is principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, and is a Bach Akadmie Charlotte Artistic Leader.

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Saturday, June 22

Closing Concert: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610
7:30 pm
Sandra Levine Theater
Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, Queens University

In 1601, Monteverdi assumed musical leadership of the ducal chapel in Mantua, having been employed as a musician in the court of Vincenzo Gonzaga for many years. The responsibility to prove the Gonzaga’s power and prestige through the ducal chapel’s liturgical and musical splendor seemed to have a commensurate effect on Monteverdi as well. With a Venetian publisher and an ever-expanding portfolio of compositions and successes, Monteverdi traveled to Rome in 1610, and successfully gained permission to dedicate his new volume of Vespers music to Pope Paul V. 

PREMIUM SEATING EVENT


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