The Rosary Cycle at St.. Michaels College,
All concerts at 8PM, Tickets $25, $20 students and seniors
Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, 100 St Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
The Musicians In Ordinary, as Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, present the entire cycle of Biber’s Rosary Sonatas for violin and continuo played by Christopher Verrette.
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber was Kapellmeister to the Archbishop of Salzburg in the late 17th century. Sometime in the 1670s he composed a rhapsodic sonata on each of the fifteen ‘Mysteries’ that the faithful meditates upon while praying the Rosary. Each sonata has the violin in a special, non-standard tuning so as to match the sonority of the violin to the affect of the ‘Mystery’ and to facilitate the chordal style later adopted by Bach in his violin sonatas and partitas. Between the sonatas Hallie Fishel sings a 17th century motet on the appropriate theme (often a Baroque love song to a lady named Mary, albeit in Latin). Philip Fournier plays organ, John Edwards plays theorbo.
Pre-concert lectures are at 7:30 PM
Oct. 11th at 8PM The Glorious Mysteries
Biber’s sonatas on The Resurrection, The Ascension, Pentecost, The Assumption of the Virgin and The Coronation of the Virgin with motets by Grandi, Merula and others.
Jan. 24 The Joyful Mysteries
Sonatas on The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple and Finding of Jesus in the Temple. Motets by Grandi, Rigatti and others.
Mar. 14 The Sorrowful Mysteries
Biber’s Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and The Crucifixion with motets by Monteverdi, Grandi and others.
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Christopher Verrette has been a member of the violin section of Tafelmusik since 1993 and is a frequent soloist and leader with the orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University and contributed to the development of early music in the American Midwest as a founding member of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble and Ensemble Voltaire, and as a guest director with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. He collaborates with many ensembles around North America, performing music from seven centuries on violin, viola, rebec, vielle and viola d’amore. He was concertmaster for a recording of rarely heard classical symphonies for an anthology soon to be released by Indiana University Press, and most recently collaborated with Sylvia Tyson on the companion recording to her novel, Joyner’s Dream.
Patricia Ahern holds degrees from Northwestern University (BM, BA), Indiana University (MM) and has completed studies at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. She has taught baroque violin at the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany, Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute and Tafelmusik’s Baroque Summer Institute. She has performed with Milwaukee Baroque, Ars Antigua, Kingsbury Ensemble, Newberry Consort, Musica Pacifica and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival. With Duo Marini she released the CD La Desperata, which was featured on NPR’s “Harmonia.” She is currently a member of Tafelmusik and participated in their 2009 tour throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico.
Philip Fournier, native of Portland Maine, studied organ, piano, and music theory with Douglas Rafter and completed his undergraduate studies with James David Christie at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Mass. as its first Organ Scholar, and was subsequently named a Fenwick Scholar, the college’s highest academic honour. He continued organ studies with Russell Saunders, harpsichord with Arthur Haas, and continuo and performance practice with Paul O’Dette at the Eastman School of Music, and completed a Masters in Organ Performance at Arizona State University, with Robert Clark, and harpsichord with John Metz. Philip was Organist & Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, from 2000-07, during which time he formed the Cathedral Schola Cantorum for the purpose of restoring the primacy of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony to the Stational Masses of the Diocese of Portland. He regularly wrote a cappella settings for the Schola, as well as instrumental arrangements of the plainsong melodies. Relocating to Toronto with his wife and three children in 2008, he is currently the Organist and Director of Music at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Roncesvalles Ave., served by the Fathers of the Oratory and can be heard regularly at the Saturday evening mass at the Oratory, Holy Family Church.