Grace Notes: Boulder Bach presents Jory Vinikour

Harpsichord recital features music by J.S. Bach and Rameau

By Peter Alexander Oct. 13 at 5:43 p.m.

The Boulder Bach Festival will present harpsichordist Jory Vinikour in a concert of pieces by J.S. Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau Saturday afternoon at the Stewart Auditorium in Longmont (4 p.m. Oct. 15; details below).

Jory Vinikour

The program, titled “Journey to France,” will comprise two works that reflect the French Baroque style—one of the three recognized national styles of the 18th century, along with those of Germany and Italy. Bach, who mastered many different styles, wrote his Ouvertüre nach Französischer Art (Overture in the French Style) as part of the second volume of his Clavier-Übung (Keyboard practice). It is a suite of 11 dances in the French style as Bach perceived it.

That will be followed in Vinikour’s concert by a virtuosic keyboard suite by Rameau, also in 11 movements. Each movement has a descriptive title, such as La Joyeuse (the joyous) and Les Tourbillons (the whirlwind).

Vinikour has performed throughout Europe and received a Grammy nomination for his recording of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau. He will introduce each piece with his own personal commentary. 

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“Journey to France”
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

J.S. Bach: Overture in the French Style, BWV 831
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de clavecin, 1724: Suite in D

4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Stewart Auditorium, Longmont Museum


Pro Musica Colorado looks backward, forward and outward

Music by J.S. Bach, Haydn, and world premiere by Max Wolpert

By Peter Alexander Feb. 21 at 4:45 p.m.

The next concert by the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra will look backward, and forward, and outward.


Jory Vinikour. Photo by Peter Nuccio DiNuzzo.

The program, titled “Classical Evolution,” will be presented in Denver Friday (Feb. 22) and Boulder Saturday (Feb. 23) and, in a new venture for Pro Musica, in Longmont Sunday (Feb. 24).

The concert will feature works by J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, and the world premiere of a new work by Boulder-based fiddler/composer Max Wolpert. Music director Cynthia Katsarelis will conduct the concert, which will feature harpsichordist Jory Vinikour as soloist.

Bach’s piece on the program, the D minor Harpsichord Concerto, looks back in the sense that it probably derived from an earlier, but now lost, concerto for violin. Haydn’s Classical-era Symphony No 22 (“The Philosopher)”) looks back by starting with a movement in an earlier style from the Baroque period, and forward in the later movements by anticipating styles of the composer’s later symphonies.

And Wolpert’s Baroque in Mirror, a concerto for harpsichord and small orchestra, looks back to some revered folk performers and composers from Baroque times, outward to music of different traditions, and forward by bringing them into a contemporary setting.

Read more in Boulder Weekly.

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“Classical Evolution”
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Cynthia Katsarelis Music Director
With Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

Max Wolpert: Baroque in Mirror (World Premiere)
J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, BWV1052
Haydn: Symphony No. 22 in E-flat major (“The Philosopher”)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Mountain View Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Stewart Auditorium, Longmont Museum, Longmont