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Bitterroot Baroque hosts concert and workshop

Bitterroot Baroque hosts concert and workshop

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Bitterroot Baroque is hosting a concert by sound/counterpoint, from Seattle, June 9, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and a Baroque Performance Workshop, June 10, in Hamilton.

Alex Shaffer, spokesman for Bitterroot Baroque, said the concert would be a lively and crowd-friendly concert.

“Please join us for a delightful and exciting program will be an exciting program of lively instrumental music played by some of Seattle’s best musicians, featuring lots of Vivaldi as well as the quirky and astonishing music of the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka,” Shaffer said. “Featured baroque instruments are oboe, recorder, violin, bassoon and harpsichord, heard to great effect in the marvelous acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. They are bringing a great guest bassoonist, Nate Helgeson.”

Sound/counterpoint plays music of the late Renaissance, the Baroque and 21st century on period instruments. The group, based in Seattle and Renton, is known for animation, spontaneity, exuberance and excellence.

Sound|counterpoint’s members are Miyo Aoki (recorder), Curtis Foster (oboe), Linda Melsted (violin) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord). The group performs with many of North America’s top ensembles, including Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Pacific Music Works and Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

Foster said, “It is always such a joy to perform this wonderful music to Montana!”

“It is so exciting to see the dedication and enthusiasm of the audiences and other musicians that I encounter,” Foster said. “I very much look forward to bringing this wonderfully intimate, daredevil, virtuosic program to the folks of the Bitterroot Valley. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.”

Tickets ($25 for adults and $10 for students) are available at Chapter One Book Store, 252 W. Main and and will be available at the concert. Bitterroot Baroque is continuing their policy of “pay-as-you-are-able.”

Enjoy Bitterroot Baroque presentation of sound/counterpoint beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. 3rd St., Hamilton.

The next day sound/counterpoint is conducting a Baroque Performance Workshop.

Shaffer said the workshop is “an intimate, intensive and totally enjoyable all-day immersion in Baroque technique with style with some of North America’s finest practitioners.

The workshop is set for a three-part format: 10 a.m. – noon – instrument-specific instruction on recorder, Baroque violin, Baroque oboe, Baroque bassoon and harpsichord; 1 to 3 p.m. is ensemble coaching for a prepared piece and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. is group playing session with all participants and instructors.

The workshop is at 801 S. 3rd St. with lunch provided for $50 per person and $20 for full-time students. Register for the workshop by contacting or calling 314-852-5099.


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