From Darkness to Light: Intimate Sacred Music of Baroque Europe


20 Apr 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM




The origins of Western music as we know today trace its genesis to the medieval Church. It was inadequate to praise God merely by reading and reciting verses from the Bible; one had to sing. Churches, wealthy nobles and monarchs all had a music director or an organist to produce and perform music for religious services every Sunday and on feast days.

Critically-acclaimed local period ensemble Red Dot Baroque explores the intimate side of 17th and 18th-century Western sacred music over this Easter weekend. Many of these works would have been performed in smaller venues, such as private chapels or the homes of rich patrons. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to watch and hear Biber’s Resurrection Violin Sonata, in which the strings of the violin are deliberately crossed to symbolise the crucifix!

As part of Red Dot Baroque’s outreach efforts, audience members are invited after the concert to come up close and check out the baroque instruments, many of which are curious instruments you might not have seen or heard before!

About Red Dot Baroque

In a short span of time since its formation in August 2018, Red Dot Baroque has given two sold-out concerts to critical acclaim. Founded and led by baroque violinist Alan Choo, Red Dot Baroque comprises members dedicated to using their expertise in historically informed performance practice to stage performances that truly bring out the essence and spirit of baroque music on period-authentic instruments.

Red Dot Baroque believes that the immediate appeal of baroque music done with the right spirit, and combined with out-of-the-box programming and community engagement activities, could also serve as a gateway for new audiences into the world of music, culture and art.

Upcoming concerts in 2019 include Esplanade’s A Tapestry of Sacred Music in April, an English baroque concert presented by Sing’Baroque in June, and a Christmas concert as part of The Arts House’s By Candlelight series in December.

More details about the ensemble can be found on their website and Facebook and Instagram @reddotbaroque!

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Esplanade Recital Studio
1 Esplanade Drive
Singapore 038981