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. Matthew 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.
We hope that you will consider being a part of early music in Nashville by making a tax-deductible donation to Music City Baroque. Your gift will help us continue to share the excitement and passion of Baroque with audiences across Middle Tennessee.
Music City Baroque
P.O. Box 121662
Nashville, TN 37212