Heinrich Ignaz Franz
The Mystery Sonatas for violin and continuo
16 sonatas on the Passion of Christ
Donovan Seidle, violin
David Morrissey, cello
Kat Hammer, guitar/theorbo
Neil Cockburn, harpsichord, organ
UPDATE: Due to the social distancing and Government directives pertaining to social gatherings due to COVID-19, I have decided to postpone the Biber concerts. Stay tuned for updates pertaining to this: with any luck we will perform this before the summer months.
Biber's musical retelling of the story of Christ through 16 short sonatas is taken on by violinist Donovan Seidle and a small consort of local musicians this Easter season. The monumental work, comprised of 16 sonatas will be played over a period of 3 days on April 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30pm (each concert will be approximately 1 hour long), and divided up into their thematic groups: The Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious/Miraculous Mysteries.
Heinrich Biber's sonatas, completed around 1676 were largely unknown until their republishing in 1905. It was found that Biber had used techniques far ahead of his time, the most striking of which is the use of the violin as a transposing instrument through extreme scordatura (the specific retuning of the instrument). Each of the sonatas requires a different, and extreme tuning. These stunning, imaginative works are prized for being highly virtuosic and programmatic, and this occasion marks the first instance of their performance in entirety in Calgary.
Tickets are $20 each, and all concerts are at
The Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
604 1 St SE
Please follow the links below to the EventBrite tickets
If you are buying tickets to ALL of the concerts, please use the offer code SERIES on checkout for a discount!