The Camerata Singers are joining forces with instrumentalists from around Arizona this weekend to put on a concert of Baroque proportions.
Conductor Dan Boyce says he loves Baroque music because of the richness that can be found in such a varied, nuanced and exciting genre.
“I just love it. It’s something that feeds my soul to hear,” said Boyce, who added that it took drawing from all over to get the best instrumentalists possible and they’re specialists in the genre. “It’s a relatively small group of instrumentalists that play with period instruments in a period style. It’s a way to hear Baroque music that as it was heard hundreds of years ago, to hear an authentic performance by people that know what they’re doing.”
Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., the concert presents diverse music choices that goes from early Baroque to late Baroque, he said. There are fast and slow pieces along with pieces with three voices, pieces that have eight different choral parts along with the instrumental parts, instrumental pieces, a piece with a solo, quartets, a group with nine voices and several pieces that present the whole 20-piece group, Boyce said.
It’s going to be an extremely varied concert. Pieces include Scarlatti’s Exultate Deo, Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 3, Pachelbel’s Magnificat in D, Lotti’s Crucifixus and “Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G Minor.”
In presenting the Baroque style, it’s a challenge chorally because it is a much lighter singing style than the heaviness found in the Romantic era, Boyce said.
“Many of our singers are very versatile and can make that switch. It’s making sure we are singing in the appropriate style,” he said. “There’s a lot of word stress in the Baroque where one word can have a heavy stress and the next syllable is unstressed.”
A lot goes into making sure it is not just a mass of sound all the time and has the clarity and nuance wanted, Boyce said.
The quality of music the group is making and bringing in from the outside is quite high, he said, adding that the concert will be a high quality artistic product. Not only that, but it’s a unique concert for Prescott.
“There’s a lot of large choruses, but no fine mixed choral ensembles that are of chamber choir size,” he said. “It’s unique in that niche.”
Tickets for “Magnificent Baroque” are $21 for general admission, $6 for youth, and free for children 12 and younger, and can be purchased online at www.prescottchorale.org. There is a pre-concert talk 30 minutes before the concert starts.