2021 Virtual Performances
As an early music ensemble, Music City Baroque has always focused on the unique sound of authentic instruments, and on transporting our listeners to a different time and place through live performance. This season we have been working to adapt to the challenges of a global pandemic while sharing our excitement for early music with our audiences.
We are excited to announce our plans for two virtual chamber programs this season. While we eagerly await a return to live performances, we also look forward to exploring the colorful history and broad repertoire of early music through this new medium.
In our first program violist Idalynn Besser curated a concert with a variety of national styles focused on the idea of an armchair traveler - when travel is not possible we must rely on stories and music to transport us to new places. Later this spring violinist Maria Romero will present a program of music that brings light out of darkness - music that finds hope and inspiration in challenging times.
You can help make these programs possible and support our talented musicians by making a donation now. More than ever, we appreciate your support and enthusiasm for early music!
Music City Baroque continues to bring a fresh perspective to the beautiful and enduring music of the Baroque era. The music of composers such as Bach and Vivaldi — expressive, elegant, and passionate — continues to move people today, hundreds of years after it was written. Winning praise for their "lively and joyous approach," the musicians use authentic instruments and style to recreate the original sound of the music.
Founded by organist and conductor Murray Somerville, Music City Baroque has brought early music to Nashville audiences for over ten years. Highlights include performances of J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass and St. John Passion, and performances with renowned early music specialists such as Monica Huggett and Robert Mealy. From 2015 to 2017, the ensemble was led by violinist Allison Nyquist, with notable events such as a visit from flutist Barthold Kuijken, casual coffee concerts, and collaborations with Vox Grata and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
As a musician-led ensemble, Music City Baroque continues its tradition of presenting exciting programs of great music that create an awareness of history, context and tradition. Our passion for tradition enhances our experience of the music and our collaborations with guest artists, educational institutions and arts organizations.
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Music City Baroque is 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.
By making a tax-deductible gift today you are supporting talented musicians in our community and helping us explore new ways to share early music virtually. We appreciate your generosity and look forward to the day when we can join our devoted audience members again for live concerts.
Donations may be made securely online using a credit card or PayPal by clicking above. You may also send a check to our mailing address: P.O. Box 121662, Nashville, TN 37212.
Music City Baroque is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
*Please note that in 2020 and 2021 the CARES Act includes an “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts of up to $300 if you are not itemizing.*