UBC Reports
October 16, 1997

UBC's first resident ensemble goes for baroque this fall

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra, a professional Vancouver group recently named UBC's first ensemble in residence, will play a series of concerts on campus beginning Oct. 19.

The group performs 17th- and 18th-century music using period instruments and performance practices.

Their UBC appearances mark a new level of association with the School of Music. Faculty members John Sawyer, Doreen Oke and school director Jesse Read have been involved since the group's inception in 1991. They were joined recently by Marc Destrubé.

As well, several UBC music students have played in the orchestra after training in period instrument performance in the school's Collegium Musicum program, which Sawyer directs.

Last season, four UBC students -- past and present-- played with the orchestra, and over the past several years about nine students have been involved.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra was in residence for a week last summer during the annual Vancouver Early Music Workshop organized by Early Music Vancouver.

Future joint ventures could involve workshops for UBC students with international soloists engaged by the orchestra for its concerts.

The 1997-98 season features Sunday afternoon concerts at the School of Music's Recital Hall, which follow Friday or Saturday evening performances at St. Mark's Trinity Church in Kitsilano.

The first concert features concertos by J.S.Bach, with soloists Destrubé and oboist Sand Dalton, on Oct. 18 and 19.

For information on future concerts, call the School of Music at 822-3113.