England's Green and Pleasant Land

English Baroque

Allison Nyquist leads her first program as Music City Baroque artistic director with music from the English Baroque inspired by two of the most famous tales ever written: The Tempest and King Arthur.

This weekend's concert combines music by Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell, written for for "semi-operas" on these stories, with the words of Shakespeare and Tennyson, read by actor Jacob Abell.
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Sunday, October 4, 3:00 p.m.
Woodmont Christian Church
3601 Hillsboro Pike

Music City Baroque announces new Artistic Director

Allison Nyquist is new MCB Artistic Director

Music City Baroque is excited to announce the appointment of violinist Allison Nyquist to the position of Artistic Director beginning with the 2015-2016 season.

Allison is an accomplished violinist and an experienced Baroque specialist. She is concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and a member of Ensemble Voltaire and The Vivaldi Project, and performs regularly with groups across the country, including the Washington Bach Consort and Chatham Baroque.

As Artistic Director Ms. Nyquist will provide musical leadership for the ensemble on and off the stage. Her expertise and creativity will attract leading performers from across the world and encourage collaborations with other arts organizations.

"We have had several opportunities to work with Allison," says Board President Christopher Stenstrom, "and we felt unanimously that we had to ask her to join the ensemble. In addition to her beautiful playing and musical insight, she is great fun to work with and brings everyone together around the music."

Currently based in Chicago, Ms. Nyquist grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, and says that "it feels good to come home." Her violin even has a Nashville connection: "It was owned by Hough Guest, a great-great-great-uncle or something. He started a concert series in Centennial Park. His widow gave the violin to my father, a physics student at Vanderbilt in the '50s."

On why she focuses on Baroque music, Ms. Nyquist says: "I love the sound of Baroque instruments. I love the purity of tone and pitch. I love the little human imperfections inherent in the instruments themselves; the absolute honesty of a section playing without vibrato and daring to let the pitch be heard clearly. It is a bit like living on a cliff and I love the danger!"

Allison's first appearance as Artistic Director will be on October 4, with a program that she built around her love of English music. Please join us for a reception after the performance to welcome Allison to Nashville. Learn more.

MCB at the Frist

MCB at the Frist

This past weekend Music City Baroque took part in a special event at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts highlighting the connections between coffee and the arts. Music City Baroque performed for a standing-room crowd, with a program of music that might have been performed at the famous Zimmerman Cafe in Vienna, where both Bach and Telemann's works were performed.

Ted Fischer of the Vanderbilt Institute of Coffee Studies gave a short talk, CREMA was on hand to provide coffee, and the event was held in conjunction withthe Frist exhibition Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte.

Thanks to everyone who came to this event and made it possible - learning about the context and history of art and music is an essential part of what we do as a period performance ensemble.