Hewitt headlines Early Music Vancouver’s talent-loaded 2021 programs


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Sonic Boom has long been a wildly diverse proposition — this program intends to features new works written for period instruments by emerging talent from the burgeoning roster of composers who make this part of the world home.

Finally, there are two events with a global perspective considering music, instruments and performance styles from outside the Eurocentric orbit.

On April 21, there’s music by “the Bards of West Africa,” featuring Ablaye Cissoko and Kiya Tabassian. A May 19 program is all about what happens when you take music by a neglected Venetian madrigalist — the celebrated Barbara Strozzi — and mix in music from Ottoman and Persian courts from her era.

Musical adventurers will want to give a listen as Montreal’s Ensemble Constantinople and EMV’s new maven, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, “create a dialogue that recreates the spirit of the cultural exchanges between Venice and Eastern capital cities, such Constantinople.”

Also streaming this month are the Erato Ensemble, one of those small but valuable local groups that’s carved out its own particular niche, specifically vocal repertoire in chamber music configurations.

Its first streaming venture is a program of duets, One on One, with songs by composers including Rodney Sharman, Harry Somers and Jean Coulthard. Check out the Erato Ensemble on Facebook; One on One runs on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.

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