Bach's Un-Birthday Baroque Festival Fundraiser

What: A Fundraiser for the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
in honor of J. S. Bach's 335.5th birthday


When: September 19th-26th 2020

Initial performance: Claudia Liliana Gantivar (recorder) 7:30 pm September 19th

Concluding performance: Fire & Grace – Edwin Huizinga (violin) and William Coulter (guitar) – 7:30 pm October 17th

Why: Raising funds for Santa Cruz Baroque Festival to continue it's celebration of living Baroque music

These are unusual times, and so let's step out of the ordinary and celebrate Bach's un-birthday on the way to this autumnal equinox.

Born on the spring equinox in the year 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach composed music that wove together music of earlier times, and inspired much of what was to come in the musical future. We at the Santa Cruz Baroque festival explore far and wide through the music of the Baroque and beyond, enjoying the full variety of that period (roughly 1600-1750) and all the threads connecting it to music of other times and places, including that of the present day. Bach remains at the heart of "Living Music," which our festival was conceived to celebrate. 

We live in a moment when most of us feel displaced to one degree or another. The fires in our mountain neighborhoods have made refugees of many, and far too many have lost their home altogether. We are also enduring the seventh month of a pandemic that has turned the world upside down and radically changed how we interact with one another. 

For our concert series, it's became impossible to continue with our core mission as we always have done: gathering in a concert hall with other enthusiasts, musicians, and scholars, to witness and share music beautifully brought to life. Not only was it what we lived for, it was how we stayed afloat. generating revenue through the sale of tickets. For the time being, we must proceed differently.

Wishing to remain connected to our concert-audience community, and to provide aesthetic enjoyment as it was surely needed, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival began a series of online concerts. Many of these were recorded in recent years, with master performers playing creatively-conceived programs with great skill and grace. As well, we have held once-a-month live-cast performances. Edwin Huizinga (violin), Shelly Phillips (harp), Vlada Moran (organ), and Grijda Spiri (violin) have each performed on our series, and the series will continue. 

As we adjust to the unknowable scope of this pandemic, we look for more ways to stay afloat, make music, and provide for the musicians who do this for a living. That is why we are holding a fundraiser from September 19th to October 18th. 

We inaugurated this fundraising month on September 19th, with a live broadcast of solo recorder music by virtuosa Claudia Liliana Gantivar. Filmed and recorded at Geekhaven (the Baroque Festival's remote home base in the Aptos Hills) her program sweeps through the Baroque period, beginning with a setting of Psalm 150 by churchyard busker, composer, and master recorder player Jacob van Eyck (1590-1657) from his compendium "Der Fluyten Lust-Hof." Next, by Joseph Boidin de Boismortier (1689-1755), a suite that expresses the state of music in the French Late Baroque. Unlike Jacob Van Eyck, de Boismortier was highly successful publisher of his own compositions. Challenging, entertaining pieces by Telemann and Bach round out the evening. It was a pleasure to enjoy Gantivar's enchanting tone and mastery of articulation expressing the playful, interesting, and emotive phrases of these treasures of the Baroque. Watch it on our website, along with all of the other live-casts we've done so far.

Our monthlong fundraiser concludes with Grammy award winning artists William Coulter and Barry Phillips in another live performance at Geekhaven, 6:30pm on October 17th, and rebroadcast 11am on October 18th. The concert will include original arrangements for guitar and cello spanning western Europe and including music from the time of Bach to the present day. This duo has been performing for over 30 years and recorded many CD's for the local music label Gourd Music. 

On the program: Several movements from Cello Suite #1 by J.S. Bach for solo cello in a unique duo arrangement with guitar accompaniment ~ A nod to Vivaldi with the infamous Largo from the concerto for Lute and Strings ~ Ay Linda Amiga, an anonymous madrigal from 16th century Spain ~ Two tunes from the Irish baroque composer Turlough O'Carolan~ Instrumental arrangements of spiritual songs from the American Shakers~ A traditional Long Dance and a newly composed tune from Sweden ~ Devil in the Bush and the French Polka from the Welsh folk music tradition. So do mark your calendars for our livecast of Baroque and Folk from the Coulter / Phillips duo. 

Meanwhile our regular weekly series of broadcasts from our video archive continues, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 11am, including of course this week's Northern Worlds ~ Swedish Folk and Baroque, featuring Olov Johansson and Lux Musica, with arrangements and cello performance by Barry Phillips (whom we will see on October 17th!)

So please join us in celebration of music, and to the extent that you are able, give generously to help our festival of living Baroque music survive.


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John Seales 
Raised $136 from 2 donations
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 
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Linda Burman-Hall 
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Raised $100 from 1 donation
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