MCB Coffee Concert Series

Bach and Coffee

Last year's coffee concert was such a success that we have decided to make it a regular feature — join us for a casual concert with coffee and snacks.

The program features soprano Angela Carr in a cantata that extols the health benefits of coffee. Then countertenor Patrick Dailey joins us for a comic work by Pierre de la Garde in which a proud composer rehearses his new work with a somewhat unruly group of musicians. Also on the program is music from the Tafelmusik of Telemann, who was involved in the Zimmermann Cafe in Leipzig before the arrival of J.S. Bach.

This concert will be held at Frothy Monkey's roasting facility just outside downtown. Concert details.

Music City Baroque Coffee Concert
Sunday, May 1, 3:00 p.m.

Frothy Monkey Roasting Company
613 Ewing Ave

Tenth Annual BACHanalia


It's almost time for Christ Church Cathedral's annual celebration of the genius of J. S. Bach!

Music City Baroque is excited to be a part of this Nashville tradition, a marathon FREE performance of the music of one of our favorite composers. Drop by for an hour or six and enjoy the music as well as delicious homemade soups and desserts.

Music City Baroque will perform at 6:30 p.m. with music from the Brandenburg Concerto no. 2, music for solo violin, an aria with countertenor Patrick Dailey, and more. Then at 9:30 you can hear MCB flutist Jessica Dunnavant perform the Partita in a minor in its entirety. Concert info.

BACHanalia 2016
Friday, April 15, 5-11 p.m.

Music City Baroque will perform at 6:30 p.m.
MCB flutist Jessica Dunnavant will perform at 9:30 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
900 Broadway

Bach in the Subways 2016

Music City Baroque took advantage of the great weather on Tuesday, heading out to the Frist Center for the Arts, the Nashville Public Library, and the streets of downtown to celebrate J.S. Bach's birthday with some free impromptu performances. This was part of an international event called Bach in the Subways, dedicated to the performance of Bach's music in public places. Check out our Facebook page for more photos and links from this event.

Bach in the Subways

More on "Recovery of a Lost Tradition" with Vox Grata

Thank you to everyone who braved the roads and made it to our last concert! It was wonderful to perform this beautiful Italian music with Vox Grata Women's Choir. We hope to see you at our next concert on May 1 at the Bongo Java Roasting space in the Gulch - stay tuned for more details!

In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful post by Walter Bitner for a review of the performance and more about the Venetian Ospedali and the music that sprang from this tradition: Read more.

A Lost Tradition

Music City Baroque announces new Artistic Director

Allison Nyquist is new MCB Artistic Director

Music City Baroque is excited to announce the appointment of violinist Allison Nyquist to the position of Artistic Director beginning with the 2015-2016 season.

Allison is an accomplished violinist and an experienced Baroque specialist. She is concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and a member of Ensemble Voltaire and The Vivaldi Project, and performs regularly with groups across the country, including the Washington Bach Consort and Chatham Baroque.

As Artistic Director Ms. Nyquist will provide musical leadership for the ensemble on and off the stage. Her expertise and creativity will attract leading performers from across the world and encourage collaborations with other arts organizations.

"We have had several opportunities to work with Allison," says Board President Christopher Stenstrom, "and we felt unanimously that we had to ask her to join the ensemble. In addition to her beautiful playing and musical insight, she is great fun to work with and brings everyone together around the music."

Currently based in Chicago, Ms. Nyquist grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, and says that "it feels good to come home." Her violin even has a Nashville connection: "It was owned by Hough Guest, a great-great-great-uncle or something. He started a concert series in Centennial Park. His widow gave the violin to my father, a physics student at Vanderbilt in the '50s."

On why she focuses on Baroque music, Ms. Nyquist says: "I love the sound of Baroque instruments. I love the purity of tone and pitch. I love the little human imperfections inherent in the instruments themselves; the absolute honesty of a section playing without vibrato and daring to let the pitch be heard clearly. It is a bit like living on a cliff and I love the danger!"

Allison's first appearance as Artistic Director will be on October 4, with a program that she built around her love of English music. Please join us for a reception after the performance to welcome Allison to Nashville. Learn more.