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Concert Details 


Artistic Director: Jean-Sébastien Lévesque


Saturday, March 16th, 2024 at 7:00 pm


Sunday, March 17th, 2024 at 2:00 pm

All Saints by-the-sea Anglican Church

110 Park Dr

Salt Spring Island

Bach on the Rock presents a pairing of Mozart and Brahms for this year’s Spring concert.  The Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K 297b for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon is a wonderful showcase for the four wind soloists with delightful interplay between them and the orchestra.  Interestingly, although the work is generally attributed to Mozart, the original score is lost and there is much scholarly debate over whether he was in fact the composer.  Regardless of the true answer to this question, the musical writing is glorious and original and great fun for our soloists - Delane Peters, Oboe, Phil Haig, Clarinet, Margaret Fisher, Horn, and Tracie Whitelaw, Bassoon!

Perhaps inspired by his own frustrated love for Clara Schumann, Brahms wrote the Liebeslieder waltzes in 1869 for voices and piano four hands.  The original collection includes 18 songs, of which he later orchestrated 9 for chamber orchestra – the version which we present here.  Each song is relatively brief, and they carry the listener through a wide range of moods and feelings

The Schicksalslied or Song of Destiny, by contrast, was composed from the first as a setting for choir and orchestra of Friederich Holderlin’s poem.  He was visiting his good friend Albert Dietrich in Wilhelmshaven and came across Hyperions Schicksalslied in his friend’s library. He was so impressed with it that he sketched a setting of it while the rest of his friends were enjoying the seaside town, then cut his visit short and went home to get back to his work.  The resulting work is one of Brahms’ great choral pieces, sometimes referred to as the ‘Little Requiem’ for the similarities in its writing to that of Ein deutsches Requiem

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