Vancouver Bach Festival

July 30, 2019

August 9, 2019

$12.50 and up

Various Venues., Vancouver



Events Description

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) proudly presents the return of the Vancouver Bach Festival at the Christ Church Cathedral in the heart of downtown , and at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts .

This year’s festival celebrates EMV’s 50th anniversary with performances by many of the top West Coast artists specializing in period performance, as well as gifted artists from across Europe and North America. EMV is particularly delighted to welcome Montreal’s internationally acclaimed Ensemble Les Boréades to participate in their second annual ensemble-in-residence program, which will see members of the ensemble perform in multiple concerts throughout the festival.

The 14-concert festival commences with EMV’s ensemble in residence, Les Boréades, in a spectacular twonight performance of J.S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos. The Vancouver Bach Choir will also partner with the festival for the first time to perform a programme featuring Faure’s beloved Requiem with a professional core of twenty of the region’s best professional singers, accompanied by award-winning organist Christina Hutten.

Further highlights include the return of audience favourite soprano Amanda Forsythe with Pacific MusicWorks, in a performance of Handel’s early cantatas, as well as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc and Dorothee Mields’ dramatic interpretations of female composer Barbara Strozzi’s 17th century musings on love and loss. This year, the Vancouver Bach Festival also boasts a record number of partnerships with organizations including the Vancouver Chopin Society, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO), Pacific MusicWorks, and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

The festival’s popular weekday afternoon concert series also returns, offering diverse and delightful selections including Byron Schenkman sharing Chopin Preludes on a 19th century fortepiano; David Jalbert performing Shostakovich’s Preludes and a Bach Toccata; an eclectic array of 17th Century chamber music for early wind and string instruments; Bach Sonatas for flute and violin; excerpts from the Clavierübung III (known as the German Organ Mass), performed by acclaimed musical director and organist Alexander Weimann; Mozart String Trios featuring gifted local violinist Marc Destrubé; and more. The festival will come to a grand conclusion with the presentation of Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia at the Chan Centre, starring six internationally renowned vocal soloists and the PBO led by Alexander Weimann.

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) is regarded as one of the greatest composers in Western musical history. His legacy includes some of the most beautiful and well – crafted music ever written. Almost three centuries after Bach’s passing, his vast catalogue of works are still revered, studied , and reinterpreted by music lovers across the globe

Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets :$10 to $68

Free for youth aged 7-17 who bring a paying adult.

How to get tickets?

Buy Online

At the door


Date & Time:

July 30 to August 9, 2019 – Schedule

  • Part 1 – Bach Complete Brandenburg Concertos with Les Boréades at the Chan Centre July 30 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm)
  • Part 2 – Bach Complete Brandenburg Concertos with Les Boréades July 31 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Bach Sonatas and Chamber Music July 31 at 1pm (Pre-concert talk at 12:15pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Chopin Preludes featuring Byron Schenkman, fortepiano A collaboration with the Vancouver Chopin Society August 1 at 1pm (Pre-concert talk at 12:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Faure Requiem with Vancouver Bach Choir August 1 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm)
  • Mozart String Trios featuring Mozart’s Eb Major Divertimento August 2 at 1pm (Pre-concert talk at 12:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Bach Cantatas (BWV 12, 39,161) with Les Boréades August 2 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Bach Clavierübung III – the Organ Mass featuring Alexander Weimann at 1pm August 6 at 1pm (Pre-concert talk at 12:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Palestrina, Monteverdi & More: Song of Songs August 6 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm)
  • Before Bach: 17th Century Music for Early Strings and Winds August 7 at 1pm (Pre-concert talk at 12:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Handel Early Cantatas featuring Amanda Forsythe, soprano August 7 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Shostakovich Preludes featuring David Jalbert, piano August 8 at 1pm (Pre-concert at 12:45pm)
  • Strozzi – 17th Century Divas featuring Suzie LeBlanc and Dorothee Mields, sopranos August 8 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm) at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Purcell Hail Bright Cecilia August 9, 2019 at 7:30pm (Pre-concert at 6:45pm) at the Chan Centre

Venue & Address :

Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver

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