Webster has defined Baroque Music as a style "characterized by strict form and elaborate ornamentation." While this may be true, there is a deeper element in Baroque Music that has fostered its resurgence among music lovers the world over. One only has to listen to, for example, the Brandenburg Concerti of J. S. Bach or the wistful excitement in Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons to realize that pure JOY permeates music of the baroque era. Even in the somberness of a Bach Passion, there is true commitment to great delight.
The Baroque Period (c.1600-1750) produced some of the most profound expressions of joy found in the artistic history of humanity. One of the primary philosophical concepts behind the music of the period is the representation of the full range of human emotions in a direct and musically expressive way. Exuberance, joy, happiness, love, bliss, and also the contrasting experiences of sorrow, despair, and mourning are all abundantly present in the music. Within this, there exists a paradox. How true it is that much joy is found in the deepest and darkest ranges of human emotion. In music, the human spirit finds a vast connection to these "affections". Today, for this reason, more and more people are drawn to Baroque Music.
Händel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah may well be the most frequently performed piece of music ever written. It speaks to people across some 250 years of human experience. The celebration of that music is paralleled in the "Sanctus" of Bach's B Minor Mass where we find music of breath-taking proportions. The majesty of Mouret's Symphony #1 (known as the theme to Masterpiece Theatre) and the poignancy of "Dido's Lament" in Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas are also prime examples within this great era of music called "baroque."
If the chief purpose of the arts is the ennobling of the human spirit, music of the Baroque Period is the ideal manifestation of that goal. The Miami Bach Society encourages your participation in this spirit through your Membership and attendance of 2007-2008 MBS concerts in South Florida and/or throughout the world (live and/or air and stream broadcast).
TROPICAL BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES on MIAMI BEACH
March 3rd and March 5th, 2017
"BACH TO THE BEACH" is presented with the generous support of City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Festival Grant, and Tourist Development Grant.
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Johann Rosenmuller: Valley of Tears
Sonatas and Cantatas from Johann Rosenmuller (1619-1684), featuring baritone, Jesse Blumberg
On Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8:00 PM, this year's closing concert for Festival XVIII will be the return of
VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
It was only really after World War II that the cult of Antonio Vivaldi began to become a world-wide phenomenon.
The Four Seasons is now so familiar that we hear it in elevators and even as we wait for voice mail, but it is also a reference point in trying to define what makes an exciting performance. Certainly we have an essential curiosity to explore new music or newly rediscovered music. There is so much of it. There is pleasure also in hearing familiar music and thinking about performance.
BOTH OF THESE "BACH TO THE BEACH" CONCERTS WILL BE PRESENTED AT:
St John's On the Lake
4760 Pine Tree Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Tickets available through this website or at the door the night of the concert.
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