A Great Week of Music in Exeter

25 Jul

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by Diva Trista Russell

 

The Bach Music Festival of Canada held great concerts all last week in Exeter. It featured a classical music concert each night, as well as free noon-hour concerts. I went to the Tuesday night concert where “Capella Intima” performed and presented their programme “Celestial Sirens: Music of the Benedictine Nuns of Milan”. The evening featured sopranos Emily Klassen and Erin Bardua, alto Jennifer Enns Modolo, tenor Bud Roach, and portative organist Erika Reiman.

 

The concert featured vocal chamber music of the 17th century and included readings that detailed the controversial music during this time period. The Benedictine nuns were a major source of music in Italy in the 17th century as forty percent of young girls were sent into convents in the country. The nuns attracted many fans to their music and the church leaders struggled with their fame and the necessity of living a reclusive life. This type of music has only come to light in recent years, as more people are gaining interest in historically informed performances.

 

It was definitely a unique opportunity to hear this rarely heard music. I can tell you that these four singers are very talented and it was amazing to hear how they can reach such high notes and create beautiful harmonies. One of my favourite pieces of the night was “Regina Caeli” which starts out with two singers singing in echo but then join together to change into a harmony.

 

IMG_3363Each evening concert featured a reception in “Johann’s Pub” under the big white tent next to the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, where the majority of concerts were held.

 

To hear some of Capella Intima, visit the audio page of their website. I wasn’t able to take photos during the performance, but you can view these photos by Karen Brown.

 

All of this years concerts are over, but the Bach Festival of Canada will be “bach” in July 2014!

 


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