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American Baroque Ensemble to Perform at Bowdoin

Story posted March 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The music ensemble American Baroque will perform as part of the Bowdoin College Concert Series on Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. Ticket prices for the concert are: general admission, $10; seniors 65 and older, $8; Bowdoin I.D. cardholder, free. Tickets may be obtained in advance weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Smith Union Information Desk or at the door.

The program includes both traditional Baroque pieces and new music arranged for and by the group. A new addition to the repertoire, Vivaldi's "Sonata in G Minor for Oboe," is believed to be making its New England premiere at the concert. The program includes traditional works from Vivaldi, Telemann and Couperin. Also on the program are a reinvention of a movement from Telemann's "Quartet in G Major" by Dan Becker; improvisatory music by Marco Uccellini; a solo flute work, "To Invoke the Clouds," by John Thow; and "CIRCA" by Belinda Reynolds.

Members of American Baroque are founder Stephen Schultz, flute; Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Marilyn McDonald, violin; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; and Katherine M. Shao, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1989, harpsichord.

Founded in San Francisco in 1986, American Baroque brings together some of America's most accomplished and exciting baroque instrumentalists. In its early stages, American Baroque functioned as a studio band, its mission being to record relatively unknown quartets by Telemann. In 1992, the group began exploring the territory of performing new music written for historical instruments through its collaboration with Wheldon, a composer and gambist.

Since its founding, the ensemble has been featured at the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany; the Berkeley Early Music Festival; the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival; the San Jose Chamber Music Society; the University of California; the San Francisco Early Music Society; and on National Public Radio.

In addition, ensemble members perform and record together and with period-instrument orchestras in America.

The 1997-1998 season marks several landmark accomplishments for American Baroque. The group has embarked on a unique recording project with composer Roy Whelden and are producing a multi-tracked studio recording of "Songs of Cold Mountain." The group has also begun its first local season of concerts at its residency venue, Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif.

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