Our first Discover Baroque series last May was on “The Story of the Early Music Movement.” I ended that presentation by talking about current and future trends in the movement and wondering, where do we go next? Our upcoming Discover Baroque, on November 4, may answer some of those questions as we spotlight four young performers who are making careers in the Baroque performance scene.
Each of these artist has in some way been part of the circle for the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.
Chloe Prendergast was our apprentice violinist in the 2014-15 season. She also served BCOC as an organizational intern, helping to develop a new “Envoy” program for expanding our audience, and previously played in our Baroque con Brio youth ensemble. She is now based in the Netherlands, where she is artistic director of the Beethoven Festival of the Hague and a member of Holland Baroque and the Butter Quartet.
Stephen Gamboa-Diaz was the winner of our first Young Artist Spotlight in May 2018, when he played with us for the complete Brandenburg Concertos (many of you will remember his wonderful performance of the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto!). He is a church musician in Connecticut and is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician as harpsichordist and organist.
Paul Holmes Morton is familiar to BCOC fans as a member of our continuo group (on theorbo, lute, and guitar), most recently for our January 2020 performances of Dido and Aeneas. He is a musician of wide-ranging interests, blending music of the Baroque and earlier periods with other genres that include Celtic and Appalachian styles.
Karin Cuellar Rendon is new to our BCOC circle, but is a violinist who we hope you will get to know better in the coming months! A native of Bolivia who currently pursuing a musical doctorate at McGill University, she is helping to bring to 21st-century light the music of Pedro Ximinez Abrill, a Pervian-Bolivian composer of the late 18th and early 19th century.
I look forward to having an informal conversation with these four young artists. I will be asking them to talk a little about their careers and current projects, and to share their thoughts on what’s next in historical performance.
I hope you will join us!
Discover Baroque: “The Future of Baroque”
Four young performers in BCOC’s circle join an informal conversation with Frank Nowell, talking about why they chose a career path in Baroque performance, some of their current music-making projects, and what they envision for the future. Join us for this special edition of Discover Baroque, a series of monthly learning sessions on Zoom. Come and be inspired!
Wednesday November 4 at 12 noon MT
Register here for this free program.
There is no need to register again if you have participated in earlier Discover Baroque sessions. A recording will be available after the live event.