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Elegant, sensual, stylishly wild
Bach’s Cello Suites are a cornerstone of the cello repertoire.

They have become the most recognizable works for solo cello today.

Early Music Vancouver

The Pacific Baroque Series (PBS) continues its inaugural season with J.S. Bach’s beloved ‘Complete Cello Suites’ performed by baroque cellist, Beiliang Zhu at Christ Church Cathedral. She will perform Suites 1, 3 and 5 on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Suites 2, 4 and 6 on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Zhu made history in 2012 when she became the first string player to win first prize performing on a period instrument at the prestigious International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

In 2016, Zhu performed the suites to a rapt, sold-out audience at the 2016 Vancouver Bach Festival. Her playing has been described by the New Yorker as “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild”.

Written between 1717 and 1723, Bach’s Cello Suites are a cornerstone of the cello repertoire. They have become the most recognizable works for solo cello today. They consist of six virtuosic suites that push the capabilities of the instrument while imbuing soulful expression from the performer.

TICKETS:

$40 general admission: $25 student, two-night pass: $70 adult, $45 student.

Online: pacbaroque.com

Phone: 250-386-5311; in person: at the Victoria Conservatory of Music & Alix Goolden Performance Hall Box Office, 900 Johnson St. Also at the Cathedral

Office: 930 Burdett Ave., Ivy’s Bookshop: 2188 Oak Bay Ave., Munro’s Books: 1108 Government St.

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