From War to Peace: Heinrich Schütz and His Time

Date(s) - November 5, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

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Artists: Arwen Myers and Danielle Reutter-Harrah, sopranos; Nicholas Burns, alto; Lawrence Williford, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone; musica intima; Cappella Borealis; the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Weimann; Alex Fisher, concept and programming

A collection of musicians including musica intimaCapella Borealis, and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, join forces to mark the 350th anniversary of prolific composer Heinrich Schütz’s death. Directly affected by the violence and political tension that accompanied the Thirty Year’s War (1618–1648), Schütz produced works of comfort and lamentation to directly comment on the conflict. Alongside the famous Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich? (1650) and settings of the Psalms of David, we end with the splendid hymn of thanks “Danket dem Herren” (“Thanks be to God”) with trumpet calls that might be heard as a call to arms, or as a celebration of peace long desired.

Pre-concert Talk at 7 p.m. features UBC School of Music’s Dr. Alex Fisher in conversation with Alexander Weimann, director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra on the importance of Schütz and his music.

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