The “Four Seasons” concert by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will take place in Kelowna on Friday, April 8, featuring a violin concerto musician David Greenberg and showcasing the harpsichord in a rendition of J.S. Back’s son’s sparkling Berlin Harpsichord Concerto.
“Audiences leapt to their feed the last time violinist and fiddler David Greenberg performed Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the OSO,” said Rosemary Thomson, music director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.
“This well-loved masterpiece paints its way through a beautiful musical landscape bringing to life spring showers, summer heat, autumn harvest and the icy blasts of winter.”
Greenberg is known primarily as a baroque violinist who also plays fiddle in the Cape Breton and 18th-century Scottish styles. He grew up in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., learning violin from age four and exploring various fiddling styles early on.
He studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University in the 1980s and joined Tafelmusik (Toronto) for ten years, 1988-1998. He became a Canadian citizen in the 1990s and has lived in Halifax since 2000.
Greenburg has co-founded several music ensembles, including the Medieval Quintet, Puirt A Baroque, Ferintosh, Tempest Baroque Ensemble, and Vortex 3. Currently, he performs mainly with Chris Norman, David McGuinness, and Red Priest.
He is also featured on dozens of recordings, including those with Seattle Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Les Voix Humaines, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Symphony Nova Scotia, Doug MacPhee, Suzie LeBlanc, and Concerto Caledonia. His latest release (2010) is entitled Let Me In This Ae Night, with Chris Norman.
Harpsichordist and organist Christina Hutten has presented recitals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including performances in concert series hosted by the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the Hooglandsekerk in Leiden, Early Music Vancouver, the University of Calgary, and others.
Last summer, she participated in the Britten-Pears Programme led by Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin, for which she was awarded the Loewen Prize.
Hutten is also active as a workshop and masterclass leader, and has given presentations at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Canada’s National Music Centre, and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Funded by a Canada Council for the Arts gramt, she pursued historical keyboard studies in Europe with Francesco Cera, François Espinasse, and Bernard Winsemius.
She obtained a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Kimberly Marshall and an Advanced Certificate in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Charlotte Nediger. She is now a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of British Columbia.
Besides the Kelowna concert, The Four Seasons concert will also have additional performances in Penticton on Saturday and Vernon on Sunday. Tickets for the Kelowna concert are available by calling 250-862-2867 or 888-974-9170, or at the Kelowna Tickets box office in Orchard Park Shopping Centre.
For more information online see www.okanagansymphony.com.