Montreal, September 13th, 2018. Arion Baroque Orchestra is happy to welcome you to the first concert of its new season, A Mix of Musical Tastes – “Gemischter Goût,” under the direction of the Italian harpsichordist Luca Guglielmi, on October 11, 12, 13, and 14 at Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A felicitous mix of three of the greatest Baroque composers!
For the first time with Arion, the “superlative” conductor and harpsichordist Luca Guglielmi, long-time collaborator of Jordi Savall, will tap into the rich musical traditions of Europe to offer a stimulating sonic voyage. The orchestra’s twenty-one musicians will lead you from the extravagance of Vivaldi to the colorful works of Bach and Telemann, the latter having chosen a multilingual expression to describe the synthesis of national styles practiced by the Germans: gemischter Goût – mixed taste.
Returning this season: Discover the concerts of the Montreal Series in a short one-hour version without intermission. Experience music differently and gain a deeper understanding of the composers and their works as our guest conductor provides brief commentaries throughout the concert. For the present program, the concert of this Premiere Series will be on Thursday, October 11.
Again this season, take advantage of the after-concert talk for a friendly and informative exchange with Luca Guglielmi and Claire Guimond.
“It’s always with a great sense of expectation and exhilaration that Arion undertakes a new season,” says Artistic Director Claire Guimond. “I’m convinced the musicians of the orchestra under the direction of such an accomplished artist as Luca Guglielmi will convey through this magnificent program the spirit that drives them.”
About Luca Guglielmi: Luca Guglielmi is renowned for his historically informed interpretations of music of all periods, his wide repertoire and his strong commitment into the study and application of phenomenology of music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world and creating distinctive and dynamic programs. He has composed several works for mixed a cappella choir, a format he favors; his compositions have been performed in Italy and abroad. Concurrently, from 1993 Luca Guglielmi has had a busy international career as a soloist of historical keyboards (harpsichord, organ, clavichord, fortepiano), choir master and leader of various ensembles “with original instruments.” For nearly twenty years Luca has been the assistant and continuo player of Jordi Savall and his ensembles Hesperion XXI, Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Since 2013, he is professor of harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, Barcelona.