Salt Spring Baroque is pleased to present Accord Baroque Ensemble:

Friday, April 19th 2:00 pm
All Saints by-the-Sea Anglican Church
110 Park Drive, Salt Spring Island

Accord Baroque Ensemble is Pat Unruh, viola da gamba and Monica Kim, harpsichord.  Monica and Pat are long-time music companions, playing viola da gamba and harpsichord as a duo, with concert repertoires from the Renaissance and Baroque. They have been resident musicians for the period dance-group, The Historical Performance Ensemble of Vancouver, and have arranged and performed music for period theatre. Their recently-adopted ensemble name, Accord Baroque Duo, honours the late Lynne Taylor, recorder-player and music-lover extraordinaire, and her ensemble, Merrie Accord .

The programme they will perform for Salt Spring Baroque features exhilarating sonatas for viol and obbligato harpsichord, arranged by J.S. Bach from works he had written for other instrumental combinations. As ever with Bach’s music, we can enjoy the intricate interplay of melodies that weave and exchange with each other, the viol singing out between the higher and lower sound-registers of the harpsichord. The movements in these sonatas reveal Bach’s use of Italianate and French styles. To provide a taste of this latter French influence, they will also be playing music by some of Bach’s French contemporaries.

Listen to Accord Baroque Ensemble here:

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PERFORMER BIOS

PAT UNRUH

Pat plays early strings in repertoires that span the Medieval to Baroque periods and beyond, performing in ensembles in North America and Europe. As a medieval vielle player, she is a founder-member of Anima Medieval Music Duo and Duo Laude, and a frequent player and arranger for Ensemble Laude Women’s Choir of Victoria. Pat is a member of the viola da gamba collective, Vancouver Viols, plays as one of the viol duo, Viol Pleasures, and has performed in B.C.’s Lower Mainland with harpsichordist Monica Kim in concerts and lecture-recitals. She has been music director for Vancouver’s period dance group The Historical Performance Ensemble and music director for Vital Spark Theatre Company of Vancouver. Pat has composed and coached music for period theatre for the past fifteen years, in productions set in medieval Scotland, in Jane Austen’s England and Molière’s Paris, and in a multiplicity of times and settings for the plays of Shakespeare.

MONICA KIM

Monica Kim has performed in Canada, the US, and Europe as a solo harpsichordist, pianist and ensemble musician. For Historical Performance Ensemble of Vancouver, she worked with Pat Unruh as a duo for fourteen seasons. Also, Monica performed for and managed various choirs in the Lower Mainland. She has partnered with Barb King in duo harpsichord recitals as a guest in Anacortes Early Music Series, WA. Monica has given lecture recitals at Douglas College, Kwantlen University, and with BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association. As a multidisciplinary performer, she has worked as an actor and a producer for stage and film, creating original works with themes ranging from politics of gender roles to cultural communication styles. Monica won numerous awards and scholarships while studying theatre and music at UBC, specializing in harpsichord performance with Doreen Oke. She worked with Hank Knox at McGill University, the founding member of Arion Baroque Orchestra. Her interests in historic keyboard instruments has led to many sonic adventures, from playing antique instruments at the Russell Collection of Keyboard Instruments at the University of Edinburgh, to tickling the ivories of the mirrored Baldwin grand piano that belonged to Liberace in Las Vegas.

Pat Unruh, viola da gamba

Monica Kim, harpsichord