Nota Bene Baroque Players
Welcome to a new season of concerts by Nota Bene Baroque Players! We are reaching out to the community in several innovative ways this season: not only are we performing at our home base, the Registry Theatre, but we are also designing several outreach programs to bring our music to communities outside Kitchener-Waterloo. Another important initiative is the provision of a platform for young players to participate in performance practice on period instruments. This will allow Nota Bene musicians to mentor qualified students in Baroque performance practice and have them join the ensemble for our concerts.
The 2013-2014 concerts include a Christmas Concert with a significant component of purely instrumental Christmas music; a performance of Vivaldi's beloved masterpiece "The Four Seasons"; and another concert/quiz combination that tests your knowledge of famous landmarks from Europe's great cities, with clues provided by carefully chosen musical selections.
We are taking part in two additional large-scale events I know you won’t want to miss. On the evening of March 30th – the same date as our third Classics at the Registry program – we are the house orchestra for the Spiritus Ensemble’s performance of the St. Mark Passion, an intriguing reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s now-lost Passion of the same name. We’ve arranged to start our Registry concert a little sooner so that you can enjoy the afternoon performance, have a break for refreshment, and still attend the evening performance. On April 12th and 13th we are performing Handel’s Messiah under the baton of the distinguished conductor Howard Dyck. Although Messiah has become a beloved Christmas tradition, the earliest performances were during the Easter season, and the broad range of Biblical texts set to music include plenty that are focused on Easter themes. I urge you to make the effort to attend both of these performances: as wonderful as it is to hear chamber music in the intimate space of the Registry Theatre, the grandeur of choir and orchestra together is something not to be missed!
This season promises to be a great experience, full of wonderful music. I hope you'll join us!
Did you know that Handel’s Messiah, which we think of as "a Christmas tradition", was originally written for Easter? On April 13, 2014, the NBBP Orchestra & Singers will present this glorious masterpiece as it was heard 272 years ago (to the day!) at its premiere in Dublin on April 13, 1742.
Come hear the very best of early music players and singers right here in KW. As usual we will be playing on period instruments with the sound and energized style of historically-inspired performers.
Agnes Zsigovics (soprano), Daniel Taylor (countertenor)
Michael Schade (tenor), Sean Watson (bass-baritone)
John Thiessen (Baroque trumpet)
NBBP Players & Singers
As a warm-up to the full performance, why not also participate a day earlier (April 12th) in a “Sing-along Messiah” NBBP Fundraiser? Local choral legend Howard Dyck will lead the entire audience, along with the NBBP Orchestra & Choir and soloists, through Messiah choruses, including the most joyful of all, the “Hallelujah” chorus. Julie Baumgartel will lead the NBBP Orchestra in both performances, and Jan Overduin will join us as guest harpsichordist. Most importantly, we are also featuring a list of world class guests soloists. An opportunity not to be missed!
So reserve the dates, dig up your scores (Music Plus will be onhand should you wish to purchase a score for the sing-along) and get ready for a weekend of Messiah madness! Messiah bliss. Messiah heaven. Messiah mania. Messiah nirvana.
Single Event Ticket Purchase: $40 Adult / $30 Seniors / $15 Student (*with ID)
Sing-Along + Performance Ticket Combo Purchase: $60 Adult / $40 Seniors / $25 Student (*with ID)
Tickets Available from the NBBP Box-Office
- >> for APRIL 12, 2014 -- Messiah Sing-Along Fundraiser
- >> for APRIL 13, 2014 -- Messiah Performance
- Tickets available at the door (subject to availability -- note that we expect strong tickets sales for both concerts. Pre-purchase of tickets is highly recommended.)
(*** Note that COMBO tickets for those wishing to attend both performances are available on the NBBP Box-Office webpages. Purchase your tickets early!!! Mastercard/Visa/Cheques accepted. ***)
Saturday, April 12, 2014 ~ Sing-Along Messiah
Sunday, April 13, 2014 ~ Messiah
Concert Start Time: 2PM
First United Church Waterloo
16 William Street, West
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