Boulder Bach’s Baroque Rock ‘n’ Roll will celebrate “Venice on Fire”

Acoustic and electric groups represent a different kind of authenticity

By Peter Alexander

Zachary Carrettin talks rock ‘n’ roll, but you won’t recognize most of the composers.

ZC 2 Violins (1).Michelle Maloy Dillon

Zachary Carrettin with electric (left) and acoustic (right) violins. Photo by Michelle Maloy Dillon

The artistic director of the Boulder Bach Festival, Carrettin has put together a program he calls “Venice on Fire,” featuring both acoustic and electronic string instruments playing music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Performances will be at 7:30 Friday in Boulder (March 18, Dairy Center) and Saturday in Longmont (March 19, Longmont Museum Stewart Auditorium).

“There’s some great music on the program,” he says, describing pieces by Tarquinio Merula, Marco Uccellini, Giovanni Legrenzi, Barbara Strozzi, Tomasso Albinoni and—the one very familiar name—Antonio Vivaldi.

Carrettin says the program will contrast pieces with “vast, spacious, meditative and vocal melodic lines, with pieces that are rhythmically driven, full of imitation, and wild embellishment.”

But more noticeably, the performances will contrast an electric trio—Carrettin on electric violin, Gal Faganel on electric cello, and Keith Barnhart on a Fender electric guitar—alternating with an acoustic chamber orchestra of traditional stringed instruments.

Read more in Boulder Weekly.

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Venice on Fire
Boulder Bach Festival

Zachary Carrettin, artistic director, electric and acoustic violin
Gal Faganel, electric and acoustic cello
Keith Barnhart, electric and acoustic guitars
With other guest artists
Music of Merula, Uccellini, Legrenzi, Barbara Strozzi, Vivaldi and Albinoni

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, the Dairy Center, Boulder

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Stewart Auditorium, Longmont


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