BMF Tuesday Chamber Series of concerts continues with ‘Going Baroque’ |

BMF Tuesday Chamber Series of concerts continues with ‘Going Baroque’

Courtesy of the Breckenridge Music Festival
Courtesy of the Breckenridge Music Festival |

If you go

What: Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op. 6 No. 12, and Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV 1060

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: Tickets range from $7 to $25 (discount for ages 18 and younger)

More information: Call the Riverwalk box office at (970) 547-3100, or visit

The Breckenridge Music Festival offers another intimate evening at the Riverwalk Center with its upcoming chamber concert, “Going Baroque.” The concert includes the work of five different Baroque composers, including headliners Bach and Handel.

The term baroque comes from the Portuguese word “barroco,” referring to a pearl with an ornate and irregular surface, an association that came to represent the ornate and intricate architectural and musical style of the 17th century. Expect intricate and attractive music in Tuesday night’s concert. Baroque composition thrives on the interplay of multiple musical lines, a perfect playing field for an intimate chamber performance.

The trio sonata, an important form of the Baroque era, features three solo players with an accompanying line underneath. Trio Sonata No. 3 by Zelenka opens the concert with lovely flowing lines. Zelenka, a Czech composer, is not well known in contemporary circles but was a successful musician in Prague and Dresden in his era. J. S. Bach admired his music — he is even known to have been a guest in Bach’s Leipzig home.

Concertos by Bach and Handel are the featured works of the program, lively examples of what it is about Baroque music that has found staying power in the contemporary world. The complex tone of the oboe mingles with the clarity of the violin in Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin. This piece really allows the soloists to shine through — the voices weave together like a lively dance.

“A lot of Baroque music is dance music,” said Marcia Kaufmann, executive director of the Breckenridge Music Festival. The dance might be stately or it might be stirring, but it moves to the rhythm of couples on a dance floor, just as surely as waltzes or rock ’n’ roll have done in other ages.

“It is interesting to me how many times I hear from people who mostly like rock ’n’ roll but, out of the classical styles, also really enjoy Baroque music,” Kaufmann said. “I think it might have something to do with bass lines. Bach and Handel write bass lines that work in their music almost like the bass line in a rock number.”

If you’re unsure about Baroque music, or classical music in general, Tuesday’s concert could be a good night to give it a try. Who knows — Baroque music may be the classical music that clicks with you.

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