Sonoma Bach Season Finale! A Tale of Two Cities
Directed by Robert Worth
Sonoma Bach Choir
Whole Noyse Brass Ensemble
Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
Soloists: Dianna Morgan, Christopher Fritzsche, Lauren Haile, Lindsey McLennan, Paul Haile, Tim Marson
Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m.
Bachgrounder pre-concert talk, 7:25 p.m.
Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m.
Bachgrounder pre-concert talk, 2:25 p.m
BachGrounder is 35 minutes before each concert to learn about the music and instruments featured.
The Venetian style, developed especially by musicians working at the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, became famous throughout Europe for its color, grandeur, and expressive capacity. Composers Hans Leo Hassler and Heinrich Schütz came to Italy to absorb the style at the feet of such masters as Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi, and then returned to Saxony like evangelists spreading the word. Others such as Michael Praetorius observed and learned the style from afar. We present works written for Venice and Dresden by Praetorius, Hassler, Schutz, Monteverdi and others, scored for multiple choirs and a festive double orchestra of brass and strings.