A group of classical musicians will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in the gazebo of the Lake Chapala Society Saturday, December 9, 2:30 p.m.
The musicians are from Mexico, Canada and the United States and include Max Debreeson, Norm Greer, Marie and Larry Laframboise, Rodrigo Martin Leal, Alberto de Loza, Alberto de Loza II, Juan Pablo Medeles, Jerry Mundel, Deen Rasky and Joan Sauro.
Bach wrote six concertos, referred to as the Brandenburg Concertos as they were likely commissioned and dedicated to Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg.
The third Brandenburg Concerto may have been written while Bach was at Weimar, as it is reminiscent of the genre of the Italian concerto. There is a Vivaldi feel to the work, but the harmony and counterpoint are unmistakably Bach. While defined as a concerto with three movements, the second movement is a brief adagio, which is heard as a short violin cadenza. It may appear that there are no soloists, that the players are all soloists, or that the violins, violas and cellos occupy their own solo groups.
Parking may be challenging on Saturday afternoon in Ajijic, so plan additional time to get there.