The Rosary Cycle at St. Michael’s College,
All concerts at 8PM, Tickets $25, $20 students and seniors
Pre-concert lectures at 7:30 PM by Rev. Lisa Wang
Fr. Madden Auditorium, 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.
Oct. 11th 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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, his Passacaglia for solo violin with motets by Cazzati, Sances, 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 is Organist and Music Director of the Toronto Oratory, Director of the Chant Schola and Oratory Children’s Choir. He specializes in Gregorian Chant, which he studied at Solesmes with Dom Saulnier. He gives solo organ recitals regularly at the Oratory, plays continuo and solo harpsichord and organ with various local groups, is guest cantor and organist for the Colby College Chant Seminar, and is active as a composer. ‘Philip Fournier’s original registrations, exquisite touch, his command of the instrument and musical projection showed his preeminence as one of the finest organists of his generation.’ -‐ James David Christie, Holy Cross, Oberlin, Boston Sym.
The Reverend Lisa Wang holds degrees from the State University of New York (BA), the University of Toronto (MA, MDiv), and the University of London, England (PhD). She has published in the areas of literature and theology, ecclesiology, and Biblical interpretation. She currently teaches at the Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College, Toronto, and serves at the Anglican Church of St Mary Magdalene, Toronto.