Baroque Trio AERIS opens Boulder Bach Festival with Stunning, Eccentric Program
By Peter Alexander
The Baroque-instrument trio Aeris opened the 2014–15 Boulder Bach Festival last night (Oct. 16) with a concert that more than lived up to the promise of its title, “Capriccio.”
In fact, the program was so capricious and idiosyncratic that it might well have taken its title from one of the works, Diverse bizzarie (diverse bizarrities). But that was exactly the goal of Zachary Carrettin, the musical director of the festival and the violinist of the trio. By focusing on a notably eccentric repertoire, Italian violin sonatas of the 17th and 18th centuries, Carrettin established from the very first notes of the new season that the Bach Festival will not hesitate to spread a wide net in order to illuminate the most familiar works of festival’s main subject, J.S. Bach.
Festival Looks Back to Bach While Rushing Confidently into the Future
By Peter Alexander
Sharps & Flatirons
Johann Sebastian Bach died more than 250 year ago, but the Boulder Bach Festival is clearly not stuck in the past.
Under music director Zachary Carrettin, the festival, which launches its 34th season this week, will regard Bach from a multitude of perspectives, old and new. The festival will continue to feature the great sacred monuments of Bach’s career, but also his secular music, his many instrumental works, and even some wild virtuoso showpieces, as well as music by a diverse array of other composers. This year his music will be paired with contemporaries, and with 19th-century Impressionist and post-Impressionist composers; it will be performed on historical Baroque instruments, on electric violin, and on a 19th-century piano.
Zachary Carrettin has planted roots in Boulder
Firmly rooted in Boulder, Zachary Carrettin opens fall slate with Boulder Bach Festival
By Kelly Dean Hansen
Daily Camera, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The Boulder Bach Festival music director and his wife, pianist Mina Gajic, officially completed their move from Texas this month.
Boulder Bach Festival 34th Season Rich
with Chamber Concerts, Recitals, and the B Minor Mass
The Boulder Bach Festival’s 2014-2015 season, which runs from September 2014 through June 2015, includes a rich and diverse program of Bach and his contemporaries, with collaborations, chamber concerts, recitals, and educational events in Boulder, Longmont, and Denver.
On September 27, the Boulder Bach Festival and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras join forces to perform the music of Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach. This concert, led by GBYO artistic director and conductor Gary Lewis, and Boulder Bach music director, conductor, and violinist Zachary Carrettin, features the Boulder Bach Chorus and the four GBYO ensembles. The program includes three choral movements from the Gloria, RV 589, by Antonio Vivaldi, the Concerto for Violin in D, “Il Grosso Mogul,” RV 208, also by Vivaldi, and works by J.S. Bach.
Aeris, a radically dynamic and expressive trio devoted to the riveting virtuoso violin sonata repertory of the Italian baroque, is the feature for October. Comprised of three soloists—violinist Zachary Carrettin, cellist William Skeen, and harpsichordist Avi Stein—the “band,” known to improvise freely, will explore the transcendental and impetuous nature of this wild music. Sonatas by Locatelli, Veracini, Matteis, Valentini, Stradella, Vivaldi, and Bach are featured on the program, which is performed on October 16 in Boulder, October 17 in Denver, and October 18 in Longmont.
Zachary Carrettin named resident music director at Boulder Bach Festival
by Brad Turner
Colorado Public Radio, 6/2/2014
Violinist and conductor Zachary Carrettin is the new resident music director of the Boulder Bach Festival, the organization announced Monday.
Carrettin first served as concertmaster and soloist for the festival in 2011 and took over the role of music director last season.
His first concerts as music director drew raves from Boulder’s Daily Camera in February:
“As music director, Carrettin … has already established his own aesthetic and artistic standards. His first festival week as director has been a sensational triumph.”
He’ll start as resident music director July 1.
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Bach Festival gives Carrettin new title, contract
Daily Camera, 5/31/14
Zachary Carrettin made an immediate impact on the Boulder Boulder Bach Festival when he brought his baroque violin technique to the organization in 2011.
And Carrettin was so impressive in his first year as music director that he has been given a new title, resident music director, and a three-year contract, the festival’s board of directors announced Saturday.
Carrettin, 41, recently finished his first term replacing Rick Erickson, who unexpectedly resigned as music director last summer.
Carrettin’s contract starts July 1. As part of his new deal, Carrettin will resign as director of orchestras at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Making his home in Colorado apparently was an easy decision for Carrettin.
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In Focus, an interview with 3rd Law Dance/Theater
Check out this In Focus piece aired on Channel 6 RMPBS, an interview with 3rd Law Dance/Theater about their work, Boulder Arts Week and Obstinate Pearl, a collaborative event with the Boulder Bach Festival. Tickets for the Mar. 28 & 29 performances are on sale now at the Dairy.
Review: Boulder Bach Fest’s Deep Exploration
by Ruth Carver
for Examiner.com, 2/27/14
Boulder Bach Festival (now in its impressive 33rd season) presents a wide array of offerings throughout the year, but this past weekend gave audiences a chance to hear some rarely performed early works by the master.
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) moved around a great deal in his early 20s, seeking a profitable and musically rewarding position in several small towns in Germany. On February 21, the festival presented “From the Depths I Call To You,” a program of cantatas from these formative and itinerant years…Conductor and violinist Zachary Carrettin alternately played and led the ensemble in these lively works with panache and enthusiasm that was contagious.
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Review: Zachary Carrettin a triumph with Boulder Bach Festival
By Kelly Dean Hansen
For the Daily Camera, 2/23/14
“As music director, Carrettin…has already established his own aesthetic and artistic standards. His first festival week as director has been a sensational triumph.”
“…Listeners were treated to three of Bach’s highly individual and daring early cantatas, written years before he established a sort of standard in his later Leipzig time. The festival chorus, prepared by Gregg Cannady, sang crisply and precisely, and with impeccable German diction, in two of the cantatas. But it was in the fourth vocal work, the later motet ‘Komm, Jesu, komm,’ where the chorus was at its best…”
Beyond Bach: Boulder Bach Festival looks beyond its namesake
Boulder Weekly, 2/13/14
The Boulder Bach Festival is branching out.
This year´s festival weeks opens with a concert of instrumental concertos by Antonio Vivaldi (Feb. 18 in Boulder and Feb. 22 in Longmont); and a second concert, featuring Johann Sebastian Bach choral music (Feb. 22 in Denver and Feb. 23 in Boulder), opens with an oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello (festival programs at http://www.boulderbachfestival.org).
If that seems surprising for a Bach festival, you may have missed just just how much the festival has grown in the past few years.
A Message from Zachary Carrettin, Music Director
I am honored to serve as Music Director of the Boulder Bach Festival and to join the distinguished list of former music directors who, each a compelling artist, have represented many distinct manners in which to consider Bach and his music.
Recently we have been presenting works by Bach’s contemporaries, works by the young Bach, concertos by Vivaldi and Handel, chamber music with harpsichord and chamber music with grand piano. We can certainly push this envelope much further with the inclusion of satellite events and concerts performed on acoustic and electric instruments, in a variety of styles.
While diversity in music presentation certainly offers a delightfully varied festival, there is a vision which has been at the core of the Boulder Bach Festival, and I wholeheartedly share in this. Our instrumental and vocal artists seek to engage in a detailed dialogue surrounding the repertory we perform. The primary goal is to provide our audience with a transforming concert experience, one which permits them to hear the voice of Bach and what it is he had to say.
Boulder Bach Festival: New take on a classical composer (Boulder Weekly, 9/19/13)
New director Carrettin aims for diverse offerings
By Peter Alexander
Zachary Carrettin is not a strictly-by-the-book kind of guy. The new director of Boulder Bach Festival prefers to sample it all.
“As a festival that honors Bach, we need to look at his uncles, his cousins, his sons, we need to look at his Italian influences, his French influences, his organ teachers, other organists from Germany and other parts of Europe, Flemish and Dutch,” he says. Hardly pausing for breath, he forges ahead, “also Venetian composers. And I think that vision can expand into Brahms looking backward to Bach, Mendelssohn looking backward to Bach … maybe some day we’ll be talking about Bartók!”
“I believe that a festival that honors Bach is really honoring the entire tradition that came before and came after. If you ask me, the Boulder Bach Festival is a perfect platform for presenting Portuguese fado music as well as north German organ music.”
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Zachary Carrettin on KGNU’s A Classic Monday – 9/10/13
Our new Music Director Zachary Carrettin was featured on KGNU’s A Classic Monday program with Ron Nadel on Monday, September 9. If you missed it, you can listen to the full interview here:
Boulder Bach Festival music director seeks to add stability, variety
By Kelly Dean Hansen
Camera Classical Music Writer
Since the departure of longtime Boulder Bach Festival music director Robert Spillman, none of his successors has remained in the post for very long, and there was a brief period when the organization functioned without a full-time occupant of the position.
Newly appointed director Zachary Carrettin, who was immediately offered the post after Rick Erickson’s departure earlier this year, told the Camera he anticipates a long tenure and is fully committed to the position. Read full article…
Boulder Bach Festival Appoints Zachary Carrettin as New Music Director
BOULDER, Colo., June 2, 2013 – The Boulder Bach Festival Board of Directors has appointed Zachary Carrettin, noted violinist and conductor, as the new music director, effective July 1, 2013. Carrettin has served as concertmaster and soloist of the Boulder Bach Festival since 2011 and is co-directing the festival’s inaugural baroque performance practice summer program from June 10 to June 14, 2013.
“Zachary Carrettin’s artistry and extensive knowledge of baroque style and Bach’s music have delighted festival audiences and the community for the past two seasons,” said Dan Seger, president, Boulder Bach Festival Board of Directors. “We look forward to the most exhilarating performances of Bach’s music, together with dynamic educational experiences for our community under Zachary’s leadership.”
As concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival, Carrettin has led dynamic instrumental performances in collaboration with leading baroque instrument soloists while nurturing the development of local professionals interested in learning eighteenth-century stylistic approaches. Carrettin most recently taught a master class for baroque violinists at the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently, Carrettin balances symphonic and choral conducting, teaching, and solo performing while serving as Director of Orchestras at Sam Houston State University and Principal Conductor of the Cypress Symphony in Texas.
He has performed as conductor, soloist, and concertmaster with America’s finest baroque orchestras, including the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, Musica Angelica in Los Angeles, Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, Houston’s Ars Lyrica, and the Holy Trinity Bach Orchestra in New York. He toured and recorded baroque choral repertory with the world-renowned choir Chanticleer and held the post of Music Director at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Champaign, Illinois.
Zachary Carrettin replaces the Rick Erickson, who led the Boulder Bach Festival for the past two years and was instrumental in its rejuvenation. Erickson is moving on from this leadership position to attend to his growing commitments in New York City, throughout the U.S., and abroad.
“Rick Erickson has strengthened the reputation of the festival both locally and nationally with his exquisite musical performances, understanding of baroque performance practice, and his extensive knowledge of the man—J. S. Bach,” said Seger.
About the Boulder Bach Festival
The Boulder Bach Festival, founded in 1981, celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach by providing high quality performances and educational opportunities that not only satisfy those who already love Bach’s music, but also introduce Bach’s music to others. It is the premier festival in the Rocky Mountain Region dedicated to the propagation of the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach.