Zachary Carrettin of the Boulder Bach Festival.

(Photo courtesy of: Boulder Bach Festival)

The Boulder Bach Festival has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming season. Led by conductor and violinist Zachary Carrettin, the festival offers unusual takes on the music of J.S. Bach and other Baroque composers.

The 2016-17 schedule includes concerts in Boulder, Denver and Longmont. Some highlights:

  • Oct. 14 & 16: A “surround-sound” program, called Concertos and Chorales Contextualized, that places the audience in the middle of strings, singers and a cathedral organ.
  • Dec. 8 & 10: A program exploring music of the Viennese Baroque with harpsichord and other Baroque period instruments.
  • March 16, 17 & 18: Concerts exploring Spanish Baroque music featuring Richard Savino, a Grammy-winning guitarist and lute player who will perform on the theorbo, a period instrument.
  • May 21: A “greatest hits” concert featuring the festival’s chamber orchestra playing music by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.

View the full season rundown.

One of the highlights from last season was a series of concerts called “Venice on Fire.” It featured electrified instruments interpreting pieces by Italian Baroque composers. Check out this footage of the Venice on Fire musicians playing music by composer Barabara Strozzi in the CPR Performance Studio:

Musicians from Boulder Bach Festival's "Venice on Fire" concerts perform Barbara Strozzi's Aria from "Che si puo fare" in the CPR Performance Studio on March 16, 2016. Zachary Carrettin, electric violin; Keith Barnhart, electric guitar; Gal Faganel, electric cello.

View the full Venice on Fire session, or watch Carrettin play his own arrangements of Bach’s Cello Suites on electric violin.