The Directors’ Concert has been a mainstay for the Baroque Chamber Orchestra over the years. This informal and (almost) annual event has been an opportunity for Cynthia and me, as BCOC co-directors, to perform some of our favorite chamber music and some aspects of Baroque music that each of us have been exploring, on our own or together. It’s also been a chance for us to talk about what we are especially excited about in the season to come.

This Thursday our Directors’ Concert takes on special meaning as a key event in our transition back to live music-making… with an audience! Our program  “A Sweet and Savory Mix,” is one that we have had to postpone more than once  to the pandemic. We are more excited than ever to share this program with you now!

At the heart of our program is Arcangelo Corelli, with three of his iconic sonatas from opus 5 for violin and continuo. One of the three is the composer’s famous variations on La Folia (we may add a few variations of our own!). Rounding out this decidedly Italian program is an extraordinary sonata by Isabella Leonarda, a long-neglected predecessor of Corelli (their lives actually overlapped by about 50 years), whose unique compositional voice can be heard in her instrumental sonatas as well as her sacred vocal music.

To celebrate the joy of live music-making in the moment that we have all been missing, we will also include an original improvisation on this program. I am excited to welcome my continuo partner and BCOC lutenist-guitarist Paul Holmes Morton to our directors’ concert this year.

I hope you can join us for this concert! It will be great to see so many of you in person again, and Cynthia and I look forward to a wonderful evening together… with sweet and savory music from the Baroque!

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents
A Sweet and Savory Mix
Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin
Frank Nowell, harpsichord
Paul Morton, theorbo
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Wellshire Presbyterian Church
2999 S. Colorado Blvd.

Please purchase your ticket online in advance, and bring your paper receipt or display it on your phone.

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