Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day

Bach Collegium San Diego presents “When Cupid Strikes!” Program of Love-Inspired Songs with Wine & Chocolate Reception

He loves me… He loves me not!

Performances on February 8 & 9, 2013

“If I ever miss another [Bach Collegium SD concert] it will because I am out of town or dead.” -- David Gregson,

Cupid will strike lovers of early music when Bach Collegium San Diego (BCSD), the city’s only early music performance ensemble, presents a special Valentine’s Day program focusing on music whose themes bring to mind tales of love gained, love lost, and tears shed.

Performances are Friday, February 8, 7:30pm at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, the group’s newest venue; and Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center in Rancho Santa Fe.

“The great Baroque composers Handel, Bach, Purcell, and Monteverdi all left great music focusing on the theme of love in its many complexities. From Purcell’s ‘If music be the food of love… sing on, sing on!’ that pronounces the virtues of love, to Bach’s secular canatata ‘Amore Traditore,’ in which a lover finds love a traitorous thing and hopes cupid’s arrows will miss him. But most importantly… chocolate! It seems natural to present a program on the subject of love, followed by a reception with chocolate,” said music director Ruben Valenzuela.

When Cupid Strikes!

Cantata: Amore Traditore BWV 203, J.S. Bach 

Incidental Music from The Fairy-Queen, Henry Purcell

If love’s a sweet passion (from The Fairy-Queen), Henry Purcell

Lamento della Ninfa (Amore, dicea), Claudio Monteverdi 

Love in her eyes sits playing (from Acis & Galatea), G.F. Handel 

As when the dove laments (from Acis & Galatea), G.F. Handel

Pur ti miro (from L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Claudio Monteverdi

If music be the food of love (3rd version), Henry Purcell

Chaconne in Three Parts upon a ground bass, Henry Purcell

Individual Concerts
Tickets to individual concerts are $25 or $40. Senior/Student Discount: $20
Rush tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 if any seats are still available (student ID required).

A pre-concert discussion begins 45 minutes before each concert. The discussion features selected performers and audience members, providing an opportunity to discuss the various topics related to the forthcoming concert.  

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit the BCSD website.

THE 2012-13 SEASON
Vivat! Music for an EnglIsh Coronation
Marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
September 28 & 29, 2012

Hodie! Christus Natus Est
A sequence of choral music for Advent and Christmas, sung by candlelight
December 14 & 15, 2012

When Cupid Strikes!
Friday, February 8, 2013: San Diego History Center, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013: Rancho Santa Fe Performing Arts Center, 7.30pm

Handel: Messiah 
An oratorio
Friday, March 15, 2013: St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 16, 2013: Rancho Santa Fe Performing Arts Center, 5pm
Sunday, March 17, 2013: First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date Street, San Diego, 5pm

A Venetian Vespers
First Vespers of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin (ca. 1640s)
Friday, May 17, 2013: St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013: San Diego History Center, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park, 7:30pm

All dates, times, venues, and artists may be subject to change.

Now celebrating its Tenth Anniversary Season, Bach Collegium San Diego was founded in 2003 by Ruben Valenzuela with the purpose of enriching San Diego’s music community with historically informed performances of the Renaissance, Baroque, and in particular the vocal works of J.S. Bach. Its members bring longstanding experience from such ensembles as the Academy of Ancient Music (UK), American Bach Soloists, Festival Ensemble Stuttgart, and the Philharmonia Chorale. During its first nine seasons, the ensemble has earned an impressive reputation, captivating diverse audiences with its unique style and highly expressive and provocative approach to the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire and beyond. The ensemble regularly participates in an international tour to Mexico City with performances at the Festival Internacional del Organo Barroco. BCSD has brought many historically informed first performances to San Diego for the first time. Such works include Handel’s Theodora and Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion and B minor Mass, and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. BCSD was the only North American performance ensemble invited to participate in Bolivia’s national Baroque Music Festival in 2012.

For detailed bios and a list of ensemble performers please visit the website.

Ruben Valenzuela, Music Director
Pierre Joubert, Associate Director

P.O. BOX 33754
San Diego CA 92163 USA

Bach Collegium San Diego Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

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