Gopher Baroque

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019  3:00 p.m.

The annual concert of "early music" is always anticipated by our audience. The smaller sized orchestra offers an intimate listening experience not to be heard with the full symphony orchestra. If the names of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi whet your appetite, you'll find it here. This late winter concert will dispel whatever "Mother Nature" has to throw at us!

The highlight of this performance is sure to be a cantata (vocal piece) by J.S. Bach. He is known to have written almost 220 of them. Most are intended for the church, but not the Coffee Cantata, an entertainment that comes as close to being a mini-opera as Bach ever got. Soprano Claire Toupin and baritone Ronald Hirchberger will serve as father and daughter in this humorous exploration of generational differences of opinion.

If "almost opera" is on stage, actual opera might be in order. Handel wrote so many operas and oratorios, we will represent him with the famous "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Salmon, again featuring Ms. Toupin's spectacular voice.

Bach's colleague and friend, George Phillipp Telemann wil be represented by his version of Water Music (Hamburger Ebb und Flut), not to be confused with the same title employed by Handel. It's not the same music or even the same river!