Bahareh Poureslami, soprano
Pauline Kempf, baroque violin
Cullen O’Neil, baroque cello
François Francoeur (1698-1787)
Violin Sonata no. 4 in B-flat Major
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen (from Cantata BWV 202 Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten)
Erbarme dich (from St. Matthew Passion)
Suscepit Israel (from Magnificat BWV 243)
Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten (from St. John Passion)
Three Village Chamber Players
February 28, 3:00 PM ET
March 5, 7:30 PM ET
Described by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as having a “warm-toned and confident instrument…radiant demeanor, sure footedness and a light touch”, Iranian-American soprano Bahareh Poureslami enjoys a burgeoning career across the opera stage and concert platform. Recent roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Micaëla (Carmen) and Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), while Bahareh has appeared as a soloist in many of the major repertory works — Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and C minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem — with groups including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Fraser Valley Philharmonic Society, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Oratorio Society. A keen advocate of contemporary music, recent highlights include the role of Mary in a critically acclaimed recording of Stephen Chatman’s Magnificat, and performing Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images After Sappho at the 2016 Tanglewood Music Festival. Bahareh is a graduate from the University of British Columbia, and most recently received her Master’s in Voice and Opera at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. She has taken part in masterclasses at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria, SongFest, the Toronto Summer Music Festival Art of Song Program and the Tanglewood Music Center, working with Dawn Upshaw, Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch and Sanford Sylvan, amongst others.
Pauline Kempf was first initiated to the baroque violin and its repertoire by Florence Malgoire while studying in Europe. Originally from Paris, France, Pauline now is based in Chicago where she is a candidate for the Doctorate in Music at Northwestern University. She has performed violin concertos of Bach with the Bienen School of Music period orchestra and has played in masterclasses for Elizabeth Blumenstock, Elisa Citterio, Marc Destrubé, Robert Mealy, Carla Moore and Cristina Zacharias. Pauline is a founding member of the Chicago-based Ensemble Affect and frequently performs with several other period instrument ensembles such as Third Coast Baroque and Haymarket Opera Company.
Cullen O’Neil, cellist, is a member of Quartet Salonnières. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance at Juilliard, where she studies with Phoebe Carrai. Previously she studied modern cello with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan. As a baroque cellist she has attended the Orford Baroque Seminar and the Berwick Academy, and has participated in masterclasses led by Eva Lymenstull, Sarah MacMahon, Sarah Cunningham, and Elizabeth Blumenstock, among others.
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