ESCANABA - Strings on the Bay, an annual summer chamber music series at Bay de Noc Community concert, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at the Besse Center with a program entitled "Baroque Fever."
Music director and violinist Paul Lundin is joined by Escanaba harpsichordist, John Ignatowski in a program that will take you on a journey back to the court of Louis XIV and beyond.
First on the program is a sonata by Heinrich Biber that has the violin imitating animals and birds. A truly entertaining work written in 1669. Music from the French court of Versailles is next with a Suite by Antoine Forqeuray, a musician ordinaire to the court Louis XIV. His suites for the viola da gamba span a range of expression from passion to lyric tenderness. His contemporaries regarded his music as "capricious, whimsical, and bizarre."
His son Jean-Baptiste Antoine Forqueray (1699 - 1782), published his father's music in 1747 in two editions, one of them for harpsichord solo. Remarkably, the pieces lie very low on the keyboard, exploiting the powerful bass of the French harpsichord and evoking the dark sonority of the viole. In the Fifth Suite in C minor which Mr. Ignatowki will perform, the movements are named after the composer's friends and colleagues, except for the last, Jupiter, a rondo which explodes into a fiery cadenza at the end.
The second half of the program begins with music adapted from the movie "The Red Violin." The composer, John Corigliano, received an Oscar in 1999 for Best Original Score for this movie. Mr. Lundin will perform "The Red Violin Caprices" for violin solo. The Caprices are intended to reflect the structure and story line of the film tracing the history of a violin that passes through the hands of a doomed child prodigy, a flamboyant virtuoso, a haunted Maoist commissar and finally to a Canadian violin collector. The unparalleled music of Johann Sebastian Bach closes the program.
Tickets are available through the Bay website or at the door. Tickets are $5 for students and faculty, $10 for adults.