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Concert review: Pinnock conducts a superb evening of Bach

12:03 pm in Festival News, News Release

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra

At Dominion-Chalmers

Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.

OTTAWA — Whatever issues there may have been with Trevor Pinnock’s 1991-1996 tenure as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, no one could deny that he was a superb performer and conductor of Baroque music, and particularly that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Founder of the English Concert and among the most esteemed harpsichordists of out time he has equally at home with modern and historical instrument Baroque ensembles over the last 40 years.

He has been back on the NACO podium several times since his departure, conducting Handel’s Messiah, among other things. And for this year’s Music and Beyond festival he was back with musicians of the orchestra to conduct two programs built around Bach’s four Orchestral Suites.

The second concert, given Sunday evening, included the even-numbered suites, those in B minor and D major. It also included Bach’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C.

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11 days, 72 concerts

1:44 pm in Festival News, News Release

Second annual festival ranges from Bach and Schumann to songs by Randy Newman

Steve Mazey, The Ottawa Citizen

Over 11 days and 72 concerts, you can hear Bach and Beethoven, Handel and Randy Newman, ancient music and music that\’s fresh from the composers\’ pens.

The second annual Music and Beyond classical music festival, running tonight to July 17, will bring together Christopher Plummer and Shakespeare, Trevor Pinnock and Bach, pianist Menahem Pressler and a Brahms quintet that he\’s loved for more than 70 years.

You can tote your mat to a free pre-concert yoga session one morning, take children on a musical walk through mazes at Saunders Farm, hear dozens of performances in one night at the National Gallery or drop by the Mayfair Theatre July 15 to hear a classical violinist perform some late-night heavy metal. Yes, you read that correctly. American violinist Rachel Barton Pine happens to be a fan of the likes of Metallica and Black Sabbath.

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Highlights from Music and Beyond

12:50 pm in Festival News, News Release

Pinnock, Kirkby, dining, dancing and a gallery crawl

The Ottawa Citizen

The July 7 concert with Christopher Plummer is one of seven performances at this year’s Music and Beyond Festival that will require pass holders to purchase an additional ticket. All other performances are included in the festival pass. Here is a quick rundown of the Festival-Plus concerts:

July 8: 8 p.m. Dominion-Chalmers Church. Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra: Bach Complete Orchestral Suites 1. The first of two concerts featuring the return of former NACO director Pinnock, the British conductor and star harpsichordist much admired by orchestra musicians for his exhilarating performances of baroque repertoire. Over two concerts, audiences will hear the complete Bach Orchestral Suites and music by Vivaldi. It’s a welcome chance to hear the orchestra in the intimate setting of Dominion-Chalmers Church. This concert will include Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major; Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major and Vivaldi’s Sinfonia, Alla Rustica. Soloists are NACO concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki and principal flute Joanna G’froerer. For those with festival passes, tickets are $20 general, $40 for reserved seats. For those without passes: $40 and $60.

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