Early Music Vancouver Announces 2024 Festival ‘Bach Untamed’

By David Salazar

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) has unveiled its 2024 summer festival “Bach Untamed.”

“We are thrilled to offer audiences an adventurous program of some of Bach’s seminal works, but with a twist,” said EMV’s Artistic & Executive Director Suzie LeBlanc. “From traditional compositions reworked for unique instruments, such as mandolin and oud, to the introduction of vocal improvisation, inspired by Bach’s own customary practice of instrumental extemporization, Bach Untamed’ welcomes listeners to seek out new perspectives of Bach’s well-known and beloved classics.”

Here is a breakdown of the vocal performances on offer.

Jazz vocalist Shruti Ramani and tenor Charles Daniel mix and blend musical styles in “Vocal Landscapes of India and Italy.”

Performance Date: July 30, 2024

Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610” gets a showcase at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Performance Date: August 1, 2024

Three tenors take on “Banned from the Concert Hall: A Comedy Night.” The program focuses on drinking songs from the 17th century.

Performance Date: August 2, 2024

“Bach Motets: Vanish! Spirits of Gloom” will feature a program of motets by Bach and his predecessors. Also on the program will be a series of Indian classical and Middle Eastern styles ornamentations juxtaposed by Shruti Ramani and Haitham Hadar.

Performance Date: August 6, 2024

Baritone Hans Grunwald headlines “EMV: The Next Generation – A Dedication to Music,” which features a wide range of repertory.

Performance Date: August 8, 2024