Thank you to everyone who turned out for our quasi-annual Messiah Sing-In at Christ Church Cathedral — great fun was had by performers and audience (chorus!) alike. A few highlights from a review:
"As usual, Music City Baroque's musicians did a splendid job ... [Guest Director Brian] Russell led a performance that was remarkable for its clear, light textures and springy dance rhythms."
"The exultant sixteenth-note roulades rolled effortlessly off the tongues of the singers in For unto us a child is born.... Their performance was joyous, buoyant and energetic." — John Pitcher, artsnash.com
Read the complete review.
Since its founding in 2005, Music City Baroque has become Nashville's premier period instrument ensemble, working with renowned guest artists and performing music ranging from Bach's B minor Mass (a performance acclaimed as a "new gold standard") to a Cinco de Mayo program of Baroque music from the New World, a collaboration with Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies. Critics have recognized our performers for their "extraordinary expression," "grace, taste, and unfailing sensitivity."
As a period performance ensemble, we believe that by understanding the original context of Baroque music — the instruments, the style, and the ways musicians expressed their emotions — we can better connect with and share this music in all of its original color and passion.
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Music City Baroque is excited to announce the first concert of our 2013-14 season. Violinist Allison Edberg joins us as guest director and soloist for a program exploring music of the Italian and French Baroque.
Sunday, October 13 — 3:00 p.m.
Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music
2400 Blakemore Ave
This program includes a concerto for viola d'amore by Vivaldi, with Allison Edberg as the soloist, as well as another Vivaldi concerto for two violins and cello, and music by Dall'Abaco. The second half of the program moves to France, with a music by Couperin and a suite of music from Lully's Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
For more details about this performance and the other concerts in our season, visit our concerts page.
Thanks to everyone who made our 2012-13 season a great success: our audience members, donors and sponsors, board of directors, artistic partners, and musicians. We are excited about our plans for next season, so please sign up for our email list or follow us on Facebook to keep up with the lastest news. In the meantime, check out the review of our season finale from ArtsNash:
"Music City Baroque was stretching its programmatic wings on Sunday afternoon, presenting a concert devoted entirely to early music from the Spanish New World. Everything was played with rhythmic vitality and joy."
"Music City Baroque augmented its usual period instruments ... with authentic New World percussion instruments – turtle shell drums, deer-hoof rattles and such. These instruments gave works ... a rhythmic vibrancy that was quintessentially and unmistakably Latin."
"Special mention goes to guitarist Francis Perry, whose beautifully expressive performance of Santiago de Murcia's dance 'Otrio canaries' was ... the emotional highpoint of the whole concert." — John Pitcher, artsnash.com
Read the complete review.