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Sackville Festival of Early Music September 29 to October 1, 2023
Brunton Auditorium Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB
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Sackville Festival of Early Music September 29 to October 1, 2023
Concert #1

FR September 29, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., Brunton Auditorium.

Ensemble L'Harmonie des saisons (Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes, directors) performs music from their recent recording released on ATMA Classique  Bach Concertos.

The multifaceted genre of the concerto was developed during the Baroque period in Italy and rapidly took hold throughout Europe as a major vehicle for accompanied solo performance. Bach composed many solo concerti for the harpsichord that have become staples of the performance repertoire; moreover, he composed or adapted works for other instruments following the model established with his solo works. This programme features this stunning and seldom-heard repertoire performed by Juno award-winning artists. Eric Milnes (harpsichord), Julia Wedman and Jessy Dubé (solo violins), Matthew Jennejohn (oboe d'amore and baroque oboe), Guillaume Villeneuve, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay (violins), Hélène Plouffe (viola), Mélisande Corriveau (cello), Pierre Cartier (double bass)

Concert #2

SAT September 30, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., Brunton Auditorium.

Ensemble Constantinople (Kiya Tabassian, direction), presents a programme of early Indigenous musics from multiple geographical locations entitled Breathings.

Constantinople will join with Mikmaq singer Darlene Gijuminag and Tuvan throat singer (khöömei), Mongun-ool Ondar to perform music appropriate to reflection on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Breathings is a celebration of our intimate relationship with nature, a concert that places the breath at the centre of the musical act. The pulsing of a heartbeat and the human voice in all its forms are breath-related phenomena that will serve to guide Constantinoples musicians and their guests from indigenous communities from both here and abroad in this new creation.

One of the foremost representatives of Tuvan throat singing (khöömei), Mongun-ool Ondar will use his singular vocal technique to evoke the souls of the steppes and nomadic peoples. Heir to a living indigenous tradition that finds its source in the sounds of nature, Darlene Gijuminag will perform Mikmaq vocalizations and prayers. Their voices will be joined by the Persian melismatic stylings and songs of Kiya Tabassian, completing this meeting between three bearers of ancestral traditions, who invite the audience to take part in their dialogue about past, present and future.

Performers: Darlene Gijuminag (Mikmaq singer and drummer), Mongun-ool Ondar (throat singer), Kiya Tabassian (director; setar), Kianoush Khalilian (ney), Patrick Graham (percussion), Didem Basar (kanun), Leonardo Teruggi (double bass).

The ensemble will prepare and deliver bilingual (French and English) programme notes and give a live in-person performance. This historically informed performance of indigenous musics from different cultures will take place at the Brunton Auditorium, Sackville NB on SAT September 30 at 7:30pm. This programming supports ongoing efforts towards Truth and Reconciliation nation-wide.

Concert #3

SUN October 1, 2023, at 3 p.m., Brunton Auditorium.

Ensemble L'Harmonie des saisons (Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes, directors) performs the breathtaking programme Sprezzatura!

Italy was a source of musical influence and new styles inspired by notational developments, particularly those that emerged at the turn of the seventeenth century during the early Baroque period. Known as the seconda pratica, this new musical language was infused with improvisation and inspired by a search for elegance and the ability to move the emotions of the listeners. As a result, instruments were featured in increasingly virtuosic and creative roles. Julia Wedman (violin), Matthew Jennejohn (cornetto), Mélisande Corriveau (cello and viol), and Eric Milnes (organ and harpsichord). For details and tickets, visit sackvilleearlymusic.com or call (506) 878-3786.


Brunton Auditorium Mount Allison University (View)
134 Main Street
Sackville, NB E4L 1G6



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