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40 Years of Gut Strings and Glory

July 9, 2010

Fretwork

Early Music Vancouver is spending its 40th birthday year with an adventurous line-up of music spanning eight hundred years, from lovesongs of the female trouvères of northern France to 21st century music for 16th century viols celebrating the world-girdling voyages of Sir Francis Drake (who may just have anchored in Vancouver’s False Bay half-way round). In a sign of the ever-closer collaboration of Northwest early-music presenters on large-scale projects, EMV is also presenting two special concerts shared with Seattle: Portland Baroque’s rendition of the St. John Passion of Bach, and Handel’s exquisite chamber opera Acis and Galatea, first presented to great acclaim at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival. When you’re planning your next visit to the metropolis to the north, be sure to visit EMV’s website http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CM0-Overview.html; with a dozen concerts in the seven months from October to April, you’re sure to see something to your taste.

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