Orchestra Explores ‘Baroque Treasures’

Barbara Arnold

Frank Watkins of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra
Frank Watkins of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will present “Baroque Treasures” focusing on works by Johann Sebastian Bach at 7:30pm Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Jamf Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave. Under the direction of Dr. Frank A. Watkins the 15-piece orchestra will be going for broke with a number of soloists featured this concert. The program begins with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major followed by “Es ist vollbracht” (“It is accomplished”) from St. John’s Passion, and “Mache Dich, mein Herze, rein” (“Make my heart pure”) from St. Matthew’s Passion with vocalists mezzo-soprano Julie DeBoer and bass Joseph Hubbard. The second half opens with the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat Major with violists Eva Tibbetts and Kirsti Petraborg and viola da gamba parts played Susan Halderman, Dean Langby, and Andrew Block. The concert concludes with Concerto for Oboe & Violin with Christa Garvey on oboe and concert master Ryan Poquette on violin. Gary Don, professor of music theory at UW-Eau Claire, will present the pre-concert talk at 6:45pm in the Clearwater Room. Tickets ($29, free for those under 21) are available at pablocenter.org or at the Pablo Center box office. Learn more at facebook.com/eauclairechamberorchestra.

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