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The Pacific Baroque Orchestra Brings Music to the Downtown Eastside – and it’s Free! – Friday March 19, 7:30pm St James Anglican Church, 309 East Cordova Street, Vancouver Downtown Eastside

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra Brings

Music to the Downtown Eastside – and it’s Free!

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) is recognized as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative ensembles performing “early music for modern ears”.  The only professional period-instrument orchestra west of Toronto, this group of world-class musicians brings the music of the past up to date by performing with cutting edge style and enthusiasm.

During the 2005-2006 season, the PBO began a series of free-to-the-public concerts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The concerts are performed several times a year on Friday evenings at St. James Anglican Church (Gore and East Cordova). About 200 highly enthusiastic audience members attend each concert. We believe in the power of music to uplift, restore, and inspire, and are committed to making classical music accessible to the Downtown Eastside community.

The 2009-10 season begins a new era for the PBO, with Alexander Weimann leading the orchestra as its new artistic director and keyboardist. Alex Weimann is recognized world-wide as a leading interpreter of Baroque repertoire and is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists and chamber musicians of his generation.

We invite you to join us for Alex’s next imaginative program!

Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse: Volume I

Friday March 19, 7:30pm

St James Anglican Church,

309 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

In the 17th century, the popularity of coffee was on the rise, and coffee houses became centres of music and art.  In Germany, Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse was famous for its weekly concerts, and featured the premiere of J. S. Bach’s celebrated Coffee Cantata.  While most of Bach’s orchestral writing is lost, we do know what Bach liked to program for the audiences at Zimmermann’s: Cantatas by Handel and Porpora, the Parisian Quartets by Telemann, and other works, including his own compositions.  This program is the first installment in an ongoing series devoted to Bach’s programming at Zimmermann’s while he was director of the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig during the 1730s, a period which will provide plenty of material for many exciting volumes to come.  Savour this music like a fine cup of coffee!

For more information, contact Deirdre at:

604-215-0406 admin@pacificbaroque.com www.pacificbaroque.com

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