BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL

  • This concert will be approximately 105 minutes in length, including one 20-minute intermission.
  • All prices include service charges and taxes.
  • Artists and programmes are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable.
  • Please note that every added free ticket for a child 12 years and under must be accompanied by one purchased adult ticket.

Description

Guest conductor Simon Rivard will guide us through this Dantean journey through sacred and profane repertoire. Bach’s religious music is some of the most emotionally powerful music ever created. His cantata ‘’Wiederstehe doch der Sünde’’ (Just resist sin) and ‘’Erbarme dich, mein Gott’’ (God, have mercy) were written for Lutheran Lent and Good Friday services as sacred bridges of sound to Heaven. 

Moving through the heavens, Three Astral Visions by OCM’s co-founder and first Artistic Director Alexander Brott transforms the raw energy of the cosmos into music. 

In direct contrast, Boccherini’s La casa del diavolo (The Devil’s House), influenced by the popular story of Don Juan, captures the essence of the lover’s tragicomic life and his final infernal retribution. 

Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts (whose sold out song cycle Unruly Sun was premiered last season to a sold-out audience) lends his “lyrical, rhythmically complex and highly nuanced” style to the world premiere of his concerto for oboe and countertenor Contrition, featuring the crisp and mellifluous virtuosity of OSM oboist Vincent Boilard and the elegant and warm timbre of renowned British countertenor Tim Mead

To bring us back to Earth, oboist Vincent Boilard infuses this once-thought-lost Mozart concerto with both gentle humor and pathos.

Repertoire

Contrition (oboe and countertenor concerto) by Matthew Ricketts (world premiere)

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 12 (G. 506) « La casa del Diavolo » by L. Boccherini

 

Three Astral Visions No. 2 by A. Brott

Wiederstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by J. S. Bach

Excerpts from the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244  – « Erbarme dich, mein Gott » by J. S. Bach

Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 by W. A. Mozart

Artists

Tim Mead, countertenor
Vincent Boilard, oboe
Simon Rivard, guest conductor

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