¡Yo Quiero Pachelbel!
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In conjunction with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, now in its 51st season, Invencia Piano Duo‘s Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, Co-Artistic Directors of the Chamber Consort, will appear on a program that features a rich menu of music from the pens of Johann Pachelbel and his two sons, Wilhelm Hieronymus and Charles Theodore. The pupil master of Johann Christoph Bach (elder brother of Johann Sebastian), Johann Pachelbel was just one of many Pachelbels living within the borders of Bavaria. However, he was among the last great composers of the Nuremberg tradition, and the last important composer from southern Germany.
Pachelbel’s musical legacy is limited largely to the impact of his style and instruction on his students, including Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Heinrich Buttstett, and Andreas Nicolaus Vetter.
His son, Charles Theodore, would later become one of the first European composers to emigrate to the American colonies. This, in turn, would lead to the senior Pachelbel’s indirect influence on American sacred music of the era.
The concert will open with three works for organ by Johann Pachelbel, including his familiar Chaconne in F Minor, with Dr. James Kosnik on Christ and St. Luke’s magnificent and recently refurbished Casavant Frères organ. The program continues with selections from Johann’s “Hexachordum Apollinis” as performed on harpsichord by Oksana Lutsyshyn. The first half will conclude with a rare rendition of the senior Pachelbel’s best-known composition, the Canon and Gigue in D Major, in its original setting. The Chamber Consort’s Associate Artistic Director, Wayla Chambo, with Bonnie Kim and Hyorim Kim, combine their talents to perform this timeless work.
With Dr. Andrey Kasparov at the harpsichord, the second half will commence with the Prelude and Fugue in C Major by Wilhelm Hieronymus, Johann’s eldest son; followed by “God of sleep, for whom I languish” by Charles Theodore Pachelbel, and “Christ ist erstanden” by father Johann.
Soprano Bianca Hall, a member of ODU’s faculty and an Early Music specialist, will appear as soloist for these selections and is to be joined by violinist Gretchen Loyola, with Oksana Lutsyshyn on harpsichord and Jeffrey Phelps on cello continuo. The program is set to conclude with four more selections for organ by Johann Pachelbel, as performed by Kevin Kwan, Music Director for Christ and St. Luke’s Church. One of these selections is Pachelbel’s Chaconne in D Minor which presages many elements and stylistic features of later organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The program will begin at 7:30PM, with a pre-concert discussion by Dr. Kasparov from 7:15PM.
A catered reception follows the performance, with food provided by friends of the Norfolk Chamber Consort.
Tickets at the door $25.00, Students $10.00.
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