Music City Baroque

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 exciting programs of great music that create an awareness of history, context, and tradition, and how that enhances our experience of the music, and of collaborations with guest artists, educational institutions, and arts organizations.