Handel’s Messiah

December 14th
Time: 7:00 PM
Tracy Brandingen RE/MAX Real Estate Acclaim Series
Cost: Adult: $59+gst | Student: $49+gst

With Orchestra Rosa Barocca and Early Music Voices

Rosa Barocca’s mission is to present Alberta audiences with historically informed performances of Baroque music using period instruments to capture the spirit, stylistic approach and distinctive sound of that glorious musical era. Newly minted and comprised of musicians from across Canada, the ensemble had its debut in November 2016 with two greatly acclaimed performances of Purcell’s “Hail! Bright Cecilia” in Calgary and Red Deer under their Artistic Director Claude Lapalme. Since then, Rosa has performed more than a dozen concerts in collaboration with with VoiceScapes, Luminous Voices and Spiritus Chamber Choir as well a concerts presented by Early Music Voices and the Red Deer Symphony; and with acclaimed artists such as Benjamin Butterfield, Andrew Mahon and Elinor Frey.

Rosa Barocca released it’s first CD in April 2022 under the Analekta label Featuring cellist Elinor Frey, it explores early Italian cello concerto repertoire and was nominated for the ADISQ “Classical Album of the year – 2022”.

Review excerpts:

“The presence of Rosa Barocca gave the entire performance a sense of the Baroque historical period from which the music stems … with this performance of this great work, the promise of the past was realized in the finest performance of this work (Bach’s Johannespassion) to be given in the city.”

Kenneth DeLong, April 25 2019, Calgary Herald

“Rosa Barocca’s tight, responsive playing adds color and spark. They shine in orchestral spots like the robust introduction to Sammartini’s concerto and the truly “grazioso” curling figures in Leo’s music. Lapalme’s well-judged tempos and nuanced direction find the sweet spot between refinement and fire. The orchestra becomes an engaging accompanist (rather than background or filler). Sensitive dynamics and balance between voices also bring clarity to sections like Leo’s shimmering and rhythmic fugue.”

Andrew Sammut, June 20, 2022, Early Music America

Claude Lapalme – Artistic Director – Rosa Barocca

Since his appointment as Music Director of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra in 1990, Claude Lapalme has made his mark as a superb conductor, an exceptional arranger and an outstanding Music Director.  As a conductor, Paris newspaper Le Figaro has called him “remarkable and superb”; the Toronto Globe & Mail, “assured and highly effective”; the Havana Granma, “surprisingly dexterous, warm and sincere”; the Edmonton Journal, “a breath of fresh air”; and the Calgary Herald, “vigorous and attentive to detail.” A 1991 Laureate of the Besançon International Conducting Competition, he has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra as well as numerous ensembles in Hungary, the United States, Cuba, France and the Netherlands.  His Canadian credits include the Edmonton Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Winnipeg Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Hamilton Philharmonic among others.  His own Red Deer Symphony has been featured on several CBC broadcasts, and has collaborated with, among others, Alberta Ballet, Edmonton’s Pro Coro, Calgary’s Early Music Voices and Calgary’s Festival Chorus.  The orchestra has also toured the province of Alberta as far north as Fort McMurray.

This performance is part of the Tracy Brandingen RE/MAX Real Estate Acclaim Series.