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March 23, 2011

Last weekend, Seattle was treated to a memorable and heart-felt performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion given by Portland Baroque Orchestra and the voices of Les Voix Baroques and Cappella Romana, presented by Early Music Guild.  Part of the American Handel Festival happening all over town this week, there was much to be enjoyed about this presentation.

Here is what the critics had to say:

We don’t often have the opportunity to hear either of the great Bach Passions, so we owe a big vote of thanks to the Early Music Guild for bringing us a stellar performance of the St. John Passion by Portland Baroque Orchestra, Les Voix Baroques, and Cappella Romana, Sunday afternoon at Town Hall. – The Gathering Note

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Sunday afternoon (March 20), one day shy of Bach’s birth 326 years ago, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, led from the front desk of the violins by the English violinist and conductor Monica Huggett, gave a musically accomplished and dramatically powerful performance at Town Hall Seattle of the composer’s “Passion According to St. John.” – Crosscut

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Looking ahead to this weekend, Early Music Guild presents Seattle Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Grand Concertos on Sunday, March 27, 3PM at Town Hall.  Tickets are available online or by phone at (206) 325-7066.

Byron Schenkman and Ingrid Matthews were at Town Hall recently to film a segment for FoxQ13’s ArtsAround, highlighting arts activities throughout the Puget Sound.  It will air on Thursday, March 24 at 9:45AM, but here’s a sneak peek:


Also this weekend, on Saturday from 1-3pm Cornish College of the Arts is presenting a Baroque Winds Masterclass.  It is free and open to the public.  Cornish early music program faculty members Janet See, baroque flute, and Kris Kwapis, baroque trumpet are the clinicians – along with out-of-town luminaries of baroque wind performance Gonzalo Ruiz, baroque oboe, Danny Bond, baroque bassoon, and Paul Avril, natural horn.  Local music students have been selected to perform for the class and receive advice and coaching from the clinicians who specialize in baroque performance practice.  It should be an informative, inspiring and fun event!

Cornish College of the Arts/PONCHO Concert Hall is located on Capitol Hill at 701 East Roy Street, Seattle, 98102.

Location and parking information can be found here.

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