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A Celebration of Baroque Vocal Music


Following March's sold-out "All Mozart" performance, Boise Baroque Orchestra gets a Handel on its final show of the season with A Celebration of Baroque Vocal Music.

"BBO's season finale is unlike anything the orchestra has previously performed," said Daniel Stern, BBO music director. "The programming of this concert is unique because we have selected a number of smaller gems from the Baroque period."

Baroque music, a style developed in 16th century Europe, gave birth to opera, sonatas and concertos. Stern said music from the Baroque period functioned as an important aspect of religious services.

"Much of the Baroque repertory is vocal music. During this period, new music was expected each week for religious services, so Bach and Handel wrote hundreds of cantatas," said Stern.

The program features music by Handel, Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Bach's "Cantata No. 202" or "Wedding Cantata" sung by soprano Elizabeth Ashantiva. "The piece is played at weddings 'til this day," said Stern.

BBO dabbles in Handel's religious leanings with "I Feel a Deity Within ... Arm, Arm Ye Brave" featuring baritone Jason Detweiler.

Vivaldi's "Gloria," one of the best-known Baroque vocal pieces, will feature two female soloists and a 20-person ensemble from the Boise Master Chorale.

Take a step Bach in time with the Boise Baroque.

Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m., $14-$18, First United Methodist Church/Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., 208-343-7511,