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Valencia Baryton Project
7:30 pm Monday March 20, 2023
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A new soundscape to modern composition.

The Valencia Baryton Project was formed by colleagues from the opera of the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) and the Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier with the vision of performing the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn for the baryton. At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional baryton trio – baryton, viola, and violoncello – for which Haydn wrote 123 works of outstanding beauty during his time as the court composer for the Prince Esterhazy of Austria. With Matthew Baker, one of only a handful baryton performers in the world, the Valencia Baryton Project have delighted audiences in North, Central and South America as well as Europe with what is considered to have been the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments of the classical era. Their work has been described as ‘delightfully inventive”.

  More about the Valencia Baryton Project.

** The Baryton player, Matthew Baker, is also hosting a pre-concert talk
at the Vernon Museum – 7 pm on March 19th. **

The baryton has 16 strings – 6 on the front and 10 on the back, played like a harp. Popular for about a hundred years in the 16th century, the classical baryton was considered the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments and was the preferred instrument of Joseph Haydn’s patron, Prince Esterhazy. Today it is played by only a handful of people in the world. Come meet and hear this rare instrument in an intimate pre-concert talk with Matt Baker on Sunday, March 19 at 7pm at the Vernon Museum.

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7:30 pm Wednesday April 19, 2023
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Passionate, innovative and fearless music-making!

meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hills and pianist Meagan Milatz, share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. They began their partnership in 2011 at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Their individual strengths – Meagan’s interest in the fortepiano and Amy’s in contemporary music combine in their wide range of repertoire. Praised for their energy, sensitivity and musical maturity, they were awarded the first ever “Pan-Canadian Partnership” recital tour, being chosen from over 50 applications. “Their collaborative musicianship combined with their very accessible, yet audacious repertoire made an immediate impression on the jury.” Their concerts present works by local composers as well as European classics, and through their artistry are interesting, intriguing and fun!


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