Paolo Bortolussi

TWU faculty perform on Baroque period instruments in Langley

TWU presents A Baroque Trio Afternoon this Sunday.

Gems of the Baroque wind trio repertoire will be performed on period instruments by TWU faculty this weekend.

Evocative, ornate, and luminous. Such is the beauty of Baroque music, said Suzanne Klukas, TWU Instructor of music, piano, and artistic director of the Faculty + Friends Recital Series.

When composed for woodwind trio, these emotive chamber pieces take on an intimate and conversational tone, she added. As they do in A Baroque Trio Afternoon – chamber music from the Baroque era performed on period wind instruments by TWU performance faculty: Paolo Bortolussi, Baroque Flute; Marea Chernoff, Baroque Oboe; and Allan Thorpe, Baroque Bassoon.

“Three instruments will dialogue in an intimate setting, providing the audience with a close-up experience that will feel more participatory than observational,” Klukas explained.

She’s convinced that early-music lovers will be thrilled to hear the works of Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Joseph Fux, and Johann David Heinichen performed on reproductions of period instruments.


CAPTION: Allan Thorpe

“During the mid-20th century, there was a movement to return to playing Baroque music in an authentic manner on period instruments or reproductions of them,” added Allan Thorpe, TWU’s associate professor of music and the ensemble’s bassoonist.

“The result is a return to a gentler sound with subtle articulation and a more peaceful, relaxing aesthetic,” he said.

According to Thorpe, moving performances on these more gentle instruments back into more intimate spaces, such as Langley Mennonite Fellowship, helps to complete the restoration of these works to their original sound.

The School of the Arts, Media + Culture’s Faculty + Friends Recital Series provides opportunities for faculty to share artistic projects with the local community.

Recitals often feature collaborations between colleagues from Trinity Western and other universities and arts organizations.

A Baroque Trio Afternoon takes place this Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Langley Mennonite Fellowship Church, 20997 40 Ave, Langley. It is part of the faith-based post secondary school’s eighth annual Festival of the Arts, Media + Culture (FAMC).

Tickets are $20adults, $15/seniors, and $10/students. Tickets are available at the door or through Eventbrite.

More information is available at or by calling 604-513-2173.

CAPTION: Marea Chernoff