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Bitterroot Baroque to host two period music performances

Kelaiah Horat will play the baroque violin at the Bitterroot Baroque concert called “Meanwhile back at Versailles – French music in the time of the American fur trade” on May 27 in Hamilton and May 28 in Missoula.

Bitterroot Baroque is presenting performances of period music in two different concerts May 22, 26, 27 and 28.

On Sunday, two baroque violinists – Bozeman’s Carrie Krause and London’s Davina Clarke – will present “Stylus Fantasticus: sonatea 3 stromenti” backed up by sackbut and theorbo. Also performing are Seattle lutenist John Lenti and San Francisco’s Greg Ingles on sackbut, a precursor to the trombone, heard for the first time in Montana.

Krause said the project came about because of performances she did with Clark.

“After we did our Bach double performances together this last summer [in New York, Boston, Leipzig, and London], we kept in touch,” Krause said. “She’s said many times that she would love to see Montana.”

Kraus said the evening repertoire would be fantastic and specifically suited to the sackbut.

“We’re actually entitling our program ‘Stile Fantasticus’ referring to 17th century music in Northern Italy and Germany,” she said. “This style is very improvisatory as instrumental composers were exploring the virtuosic capabilities of their instruments and writing down music of their improvisations for the first time.”

Kraus said the musicians will react to each other during the performance, “creating a cat and mouse game between the players.”

The baroque concert of the music of Biber, Bertali, Castello, Marini and Bovicelli will be short and have no intermission.

Tickets are on sale at Chapter One Book Store and at the door with $25 for general admission, $10 for students and a “pay as you are able” option. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., May 22, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 411 S. fifth St., in Hamilton.

Bitterroot Baroque will be presenting a second concert called “Meanwhile back at Versailles – French music in the time of the American fur trade” on May 27 in Hamilton and May 28 in Missoula.

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These performances will feature Ginna Watson and Kelaiah Horat playing baroque violin, Joshua Romatowski and Alex Shaffer on baroque flutes, Cella Westray on viola da gamba and Donald Livingston on harpsichord.

The musicians will perform the music of Marais, Lully, Couperin, Rebel, Philidor and Telemann.

On May 26, the musicians will do an educational outreach event at Corvallis High School in the morning and give a concert at Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton at 7 p.m.

The concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 27 will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Third St., in Hamilton. The concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 28 will be at St. Francis Xavier Church, 420 W. Pine St., in Missoula.

Tickets are on sale at Chapter One Book Store and at the door with $25 for general admission, $10 for students and a “pay as you are able” option. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., May 22, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 411 S. Fifth St., in Hamilton.

For more information call 314-852-5099 or email bitterrootbaroque@gmail.com.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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