Da Capo to play in upcoming Montreal, Europe festivals

Ensemble Da Capo, a group made up of many of CAMMAC’s familiar faces, is scheduled to play in the 2022 Montreal Off-Festival Bach on November 30 and in the Leipzig Bachfest on June 15th, 2023.

Founded in 2007 by Danielle Lavoie (violinist, mezzo-soprano, and choirmaster), Jean-Pierre Brunet (conductor), and Alain Vadeboncoeur (medievalist and plainsong specialist), Da Capo boasts over thirty high-level amateur musicians, chorists, and instrumentalists with a passion for baroque-era music.

Da Capo specializes in the interpretation of the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s cantatas are the focus of Da Capo’s performances, during which it blends music with other media such as dance, theater, mime, and photography, giving Da Capo’s concerts a signature trademark.

Danielle Lavoie, speaking for Ensemble Da Capo, was very happy about the group’s upcoming performances, particularly at the Leipzig Bachfest. “It’s an honour to be selected for the most prestigious worldwide festival dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach,” she said. “Especially since it’s taking place in Leipzig, where Bach was concertmaster and cantor until his death.”

The Leipzig Bachfest has enjoyed continuous growth since its founding in 1904. It attributes its success to the quality of its program and to the authenticity of its location, often called “the city of music”. Da Capo’s performance in the 2023 edition of the festival will coincide with the 300th anniversary of Bach’s appointment as cantor of Saint-Thomas. The full program from June 8th through the 18th can be found here.

Established as part of the Montreal Bach Festival in 2019, the Off-Festival Bach takes place in a large studio space on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. It is a meeting place where passionate musicians can gather over a cup of coffee, enjoy free performances, and purchase merchandise. The program for the remainder of 2022 can be found here.

You can learn more about Da Capo and its upcoming concerts on their website.