Thursdays, July 23 and 30, 7:30 PM
Sunset Center Theater

Edwin Huizinga, violin and William Coulter, guitar, known as Fire & Grace, return after a three-year run of wildly popular, sold-out concerts. The duo is joined by Spanish guest stars along with Festival vocalists and instrumentalists.

Fire & Grace continue the tradition of bringing a unique blend of Baroque and Folk music to the Carmel Bach Festival. The Spirit of Spain is a journey into the music, song and dance traditions from the Iberian peninsula.

Fire & Grace will premiere a new suite called Suite Español – a blending of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major (BWV 1007) with music from the Baroque guitar composer Gaspar Sanz.

Spanish guest artists will lead Fire & Grace and Festival musicians in arrangement of traditional Galician music and songs. Perhaps the most well-known type of tune from Galicia is the muiñeira, a lively 6/8 dance tune.

Other tune types include a moment of respite, with a gorgeous piece of renaissance polyphony by Spanish Baroque composer Tomás Luis de Victoria and songs from the folk music traditions including the lovely Ay Linda Amiga, a 16th century madrigal arranged for Fire & Grace and Esteli Gomez.

Edwin will perform the iconic Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate with the Festival ensemble.

William will join with Festival plucked string wizard Daniel Swenberg for an arrangement of music by Santiago de Murcia including the lively dance cumbee.

Edwin Huizinga, Johanna Novom, and Adriane Post, violin; Sarah Darling, viola; Paul Dwyer, cello; Jordan Frazier, bass; William Coulter, guitar; Daniel Swenberg, Baroque guitar; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord

Fire & Grace is an eclectic collaboration between guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga. This unique duo explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Fire & Grace’s repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity — fire and grace — found in these diverse traditions. The group’s debut album combines melodies from Argentina, Bulgaria, and Western Europe with dance elements from Baroque and folk musical traditions.

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