By Matt Kettmann
Did you ever know that German chamber music from the 17th and 18th centuries was a big hit in places like Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Macao, and Taipei? Neither did I, but that’s been the touring schedule for the past couple weeks for Musica Antiqua Köln, the Grammy-nominated ensemble founded by conservatory school kick-out Reinhard Goebel that comes to town on November 5.
More than 30 years since he began, Goebel’s still a renowned classicist, keeping the traditions of his likeminded countrymen pure and remaining the go-to guy for those who want to know what folks like Bach and Beethoven really sounded like.
And lucky for the Bach-heads, the two concerts on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. are titled Johann Sebastian Bach and His Time. Specifically, the ensemble will draw from the works of Johann David Heinichen, Jan Dismas Zelenka, and Georg Philipp Telemann while playing away at their various oboes, violins, viola, and basso continuo. (Now there’s a classical mouthful!)
Better yet, although the group is coming at the behest of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures, the performance will take place at Christ the King Chapel, within the halls of the former St. Anthony’s Seminary. It’s one of the few off-campus offerings held at historic sites, letting the music of the past meld with classical architecture to make for a full sensory experience. Bach would have wanted no less.
Musica Antiqua Köln comes to Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call 893-3535 for tickets.