If the violin was the electric guitar of the 17th-century, then Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber was surely the century's Jimi Hendrix. Biber wrote stunning, innovoative music, blending the church style with the fiddle-playing he heard in his native Bohemia. Live Oak Baroque Orchestra presents a program of virtuosic works by Biber from Fidicinium sacro-profanum (1682), a melding of sacred and profane, and from his last collection, Harmonia artificioso-arisosa (1696), in which the violins play in scordatura (alternate tunings). Some pieces will be played from the organ loft, using the Brombaugh organ for continuo, much as Biber's band performed this music in Salzburg.
Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Elizabeth Blumenstock
Aaron Westman, associate director
Saturday, January 21, 2017 8PM
BachGrounder pre-concert talk, 7:25PM
For Biber, faith in fiddles was a way of life, a God-given gift, an outward expression of his own personal faith, a musical and spiritual piety...
-Karen A. Considine