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Benedict Williams and the Bitterroot Baroque Orchestra will perform Trios by Händel and Telemann, Goldberg Variations (selections), dances from Rameau's Dardanus and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hamilton on June 15.

Bitterroot Baroque is giving back to the community with a series of workshops for area musicians culminating in a recital on June 15 and a free concert on June 29.

The series of workshops for area musicians is with Britain's celebrated young harpsichordist, Benedict Williams, June 13-15, followed by a concert for the public, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 600 S. 3rd St., Hamilton. Donations welcome.

Williams said he will be playing selections of the famous Goldberg Variations and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and is “really looking forward to playing with Bitterroot Baroque.”

“There is a lot of variety in the concert including works by J. P. Rameau and J. S. Bach,” he said. “I think people will really enjoy the energy of Brandenburg V. It is a very lively, exciting work and always has listeners on the edge of their seats.”

Williams said this is the first time he will performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and has been working on the piece since Christmas.

“You will hear there are a huge number of notes in the harpsichord part,” he said. “By contrast the selection of Goldberg variations I will play are quite intimate and calm. We will also be playing some excerpts from Rameau’s opera Dardanus.”

Called a “British phenom,” Williams began his training as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge, was a music scholar at Oundle School and graduated from the University of York with a First Class Degree. He has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a masters in early keyboards and a professional diploma with distinction in continuo playing & directing, also being awarded the Bache Fund Prize.

As a keyboard player, Williams has performed in the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America.

On Saturday, June 29, Bitterroot Baroque is sponsoring a free concert of big-sound brass Renaissance and early Baroque music, by Bozeman's Carrie Krause and members of the Dark Horse Consort.

The concert will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library. Bring a lawn chair along for this free event.

For more information call Alex Shaffer at bitterrootbaroque@gmail.com or 314-852-5099.

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