Season 2018

VDB 1: France

Music of the French Baroque featuring the rising international star mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and directed from the harpsichord by esteemed French conductor Martin Gester from Le Parlement de Musique (Strasbourg). Cantatas by Monteclair, Stuck and excerpts from Les Nations (The Nations) by François Couperin.

Fri 19 January 2018, 6pm
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

Sat 20 January 2018, 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Peacock Theatre, Hobart

Master of the French Style: J S Bach Sonatas

In a transcontinental meeting of musical spirits, French Baroque Summer Sessions Festival Director Julia Fredersdorff and French harpsichordist Aline Zylberajch perform an intimate recital showcasing Bach’s sonatas for violin and keyboard. Written at the height of Bach’s compositional powers and taking the form of duos where the instruments interact conversationally the sonatas are revered for their emotive sound-world, colour and texture.

Wed 24 January, 1pm
Hobart Town Hall 

French Baroque Academy Concert

Join us for a concert of French Baroque music from the recent academy workshop sessions.  The concert is a culmination of the students week-long work with tutors Martin Gester and Aline Zylberajch from Parlement de Musique and Julia Fredersdorff, Artistic Director, Van Diemen’s Band.

Thu 25 January, 6pm
Hobart Town Hall 

VDB 2: Bohemia

Seventeenth-century music of Bohemia with composers Biber and Muffat taking music to a new world of experimentation. With international guest artists Simon Martyn-Ellis (Australia/US) on theorbo and Karina Schmitz (US) on viola, this program explores this rich repertoire featuring the famous Canon by Pachelbel and Kapsberger’s haunting Toccata Arpeggiata.

Thu 17 May 2018, 6pm
Baptist Church, Launceston 

Fri 18 May 2018, 6pm
St David’s Cathedral, Hobart

VDB 3: La Danza

Van Diemen’s Band is joined by international soloists, cellist Catherine Jones (Australia/Italy) and Baroque guitarist William Carter (UK) for a sumptuous program of Italian music composed during the Spanish Occupation. Heavily influenced by dance, this music of the High Baroque takes a simple structure and transforms it into a supremely virtuosic display, Concertos by Vivaldi, Fiorenza, arrangements of Neapolitan folk tunes by Gaspar Sanz and the famous Fandango quintet by Boccherini.

Sat 6 October 2018, 7pm
Hobart Town Hall

Sun 7 October 2018, 2pm
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

VDB 4: Christmas

VDB celebrates Christmas with a gorgeous program featuring the famous Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli and excerpts from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Noëls sur les instruments.

Wed 19 December 2018, 6pm
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston 

Thu 20 December 2018, 6pm
Hobart Town Hall