Moving the Passions
Majka Demcak, violin with Christina Hutten, harpsichord and Jessica Korotkin, cello
Coach House, Green College, UBC and livestreamed
Tuesday, January 16, 5-6:30pm with reception to followin the series
Early Music Vancouver at Green College
Join us for the first Early Music Vancouver event at Green College this academic year. Early Music Vancouver presents music in ways that are attentive to and inspired by styles, conventions and conditions that existed when the music was first conceived.
This musical programme by Majka Demcak is on the doctrine of the passions/affections as it relates to the sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholic temperaments.
Majka Demcak is a classically trained violinist with a strong traditional folk background from her Slovak heritage. Compelled by a search for enchantment and magic in all the music that she plays, Majka Demcak performs works from the Baroque and Classical eras with zest and an improvisational freedom. She is a founding member of the baroque ensemble Gallo Chamber Players, is a proud member/muse of the Alberta-based Mount Parnassus Foundation, and can be seen regularly in performance with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. During her studies in The Juilliard School in New York, she performed on stages in Lincoln Center, including Alice Tully Hall, presented live-streamed concerts for Gotham Early Music Scene, and performed with The Little OPERA Theatre of New York. She was a co-founder of the classical period ensemble, Quartet Salonnieres, with whom she performed across the United States. Most recently, Majka Demcak founded the St. Augustine Series, a concert series based in the heart of Kitsilano, Vancouver, featuring local and international musicians specializing in historical performance.
Christina Hutten is is an organist and harpsichordist who has presented recitals in Canada, the United States and Europe. She performs regularly with Pacific Baroque Orchestra and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Okanagan Symphony, the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona State University Chamber Orchestra. Christina is also an enthusiastic teacher. She coaches and coordinates the early music ensembles at the University of British Columbia and has given masterclasses and workshops at institutions including the Victoria Baroque Summer Program, Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Funded by a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she pursued historical keyboard studies in Europe with Francesco Cera, François Espinasse, and Bernard Winsemius. She participated in the Britten-Pears Programme, led by Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin, for which she was awarded the Loewen Prize. Christina 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 UBC.
Jessica Korotkin is a Montreal-based Baroque cellist, composer and chamber musician known for her innovative and experimental approach to concert programming – often featuring original arrangements and compositions. She has performed and recorded with award-winning ensembles from Canada and the United States and has also appeared on the international stage at Bolivia’s XIII Festival Internacional de Música Renacentista y Barroca Americana as well as at Germany’s Internationale Bach Akademie Stuttgart. Jessica combines her love for performing on gut strings with a keen enthusiasm for all genres and styles of music and is a founding member of the Ximenez Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to performing South American chamber music on period instruments. In 2019 she joined forces with The Broken Consort to create the baroque fusion album, Isle of Majesty. She recently cameoed in Canadian pop sensation Daniel Lavoie’s music video L’éternité, playing Baroque cello while dressed in period costume. She holds degrees from the Peabody Institute and the Oberlin Conservatory. This year (2023) she graduated from McGill University with a Doctor of Music. While at McGill, Susie Napper advised her research-creation project of creating six new Bach-inspired cello suites. You can read more about this project in Early Music America’s online feature, Making a Parody of Bach, No Kidding.
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