Review: Violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist leads Music City Baroque on a sonic tour of old Dresden

Violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist leads Music City Baroque on a sonic tour of old Dresden

Our opening concert received a great review from Steven Sloan over at ArtsNash. Thank you to everyone who came to the performance, we had a wonderful crowd, and stay tuned for news about our upcoming coffee concert in February! Here are a few highlights:

"The afternoon’s concert proved that historically informed performance can yield fascinating stories and vibrant, engaging musical experiences"

"Nyquist’s performance was perfectly balanced in its effect ... always striking the perfect mood."

"I was struck by the value and vibrancy of historically informed performance ... an opportunity to learn about that which came before us — a musical experience as edifying as it is satisfying."
— Steven Sloan, artsnash.com

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Review: Music City Baroque plays Telemann's music Telemann's way

G.P. Telemann

Our recent concert of the chamber music of Telemann received a rave review from ArtsNash. Thank you to everyone who turned out on a rainy day for the performance! Here are a few highlights:

"If this is what it sounded like in Germany in the 1700s, it's no wonder we sing German music to this day."

"It's not the "historically accurate" ornaments and trills ... It's the sound. These instruments ... combine to create a special palette of sounds that aren't really achievable anywhere else."
— Kyle Baker, artsnash.com

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Review: Music City Baroque, rejoicing greatly in Handel's Messiah

Messiah Sing-Along

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our quasi-annual Messiah Sing-In at Christ Church Cathedral — great fun was had by performers and audience (chorus!) alike. A few highlights from a review:

"As usual, Music City Baroque's musicians did a splendid job ... [Guest Director Brian] Russell led a performance that was remarkable for its clear, light textures and springy dance rhythms."

"The exultant sixteenth-note roulades rolled effortlessly off the tongues of the singers in For unto us a child is born.... Their performance was joyous, buoyant and energetic." — John Pitcher, artsnash.com

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Review: Music City Baroque — Playing New World music with Old World grace

¡Hacemos Fiesta!

Thanks to everyone who made our 2012-13 season a great success: our audience members, donors and sponsors, board of directors, artistic partners, and musicians. We are excited about our plans for next season, so please sign up for our email list or follow us on Facebook to keep up with the lastest news. In the meantime, check out the review of our season finale from ArtsNash:

"Music City Baroque was stretching its programmatic wings on Sunday afternoon, presenting a concert devoted entirely to early music from the Spanish New World. Everything was played with rhythmic vitality and joy."

"Music City Baroque augmented its usual period instruments ... with authentic New World percussion instruments – turtle shell drums, deer-hoof rattles and such. These instruments gave works ... a rhythmic vibrancy that was quintessentially and unmistakably Latin."

"Special mention goes to guitarist Francis Perry, whose beautifully expressive performance of Santiago de Murcia's dance 'Otrio canaries' was ... the emotional highpoint of the whole concert." — John Pitcher, artsnash.com

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Review: For Music City Baroque, it's all Handel all the time

Brent Wissick, guest director

"We get to hear great viola da gamba players in Nashville about as often as we see solar eclipses of the sun ... [so] fans were excited about gamba virtuoso Brent Wissick's appearance Sunday afternoon with Music City Baroque."

"For those in the audience who were familiar with Handel only for his Messiah, Sunday's concert may have come as a revelation. Wissick's program showed us Handel as an exciting composer of dance music and song. It also revealed [his] orchestral side."

"Music City Baroque did justice to the entire concerto, playing the fugue with clarity and precision, and the Largo with grace and taste."

"[Soprano Terri] Richter sang with a beautiful soprano voice that was silky in its middle range and translucent in its top ... Wissick was at the top of his game ... playing with energy, vitality and joy."

"This performance was excellent from top to bottom, from the stately bass lines ... to the quivering, shimmering strings." — John Pitcher, artsnash.com

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Scene Best of Nashville

Third Year Running, MCB is Writer's Pick for Best of Nashville

BEST PERIOD-INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE: MUSIC CITY BAROQUE PLAYING BACH'S B-MINOR MASS

Moments after Music City Baroque launched into the "Sanctus" from Bach's B-minor Mass last March at St. George's Episcopal Church, a bright beam of light streamed through one of the upper windows. It has been said that Bach's mighty Mass is God's favorite piece of music. Now we had proof. Conductor Murray Somerville led his musicians and singers in a performance that was remarkable for both its sweetness of tone and extraordinary expression. The Almighty was surely pleased.
— JOHN PITCHER


Review: Music City Baroque makes history and magic with its performance of Bach's mighty mass

Bach's Mass in B Minor

"Nashville's premier early-music group performed Bach's most sublime sacred music with clarity, color and an irresistible sense of flow ... I never thought I'd hear period strings play with such a sweetness of tone as they did on Sunday, under the expert leadership of concertmaster Karen Clarke. Likewise, the Baroque winds played with extraordinary expression, while the trumpets and timpani added a welcome degree of grandeur."

"[Director Murray] Somerville deserves much of the credit for Sunday's success. His reading was beautifully paced and together, and he always drew consistently sensitive singing from his 20 choristers, who were singing four to a part ... [T]he lively and ultimately joyous approach to the mass that we heard on Sunday ... established a new gold standard. It's the interpretation that all future choral performances in Nashville will be measured by." — John Pitcher, artnownashville.com


MCB at Holy Trinity

Review: Music City Baroque's Musical Offering is a sonic feast

"Holy Trinity Episcopal Church may well be one of Nashville's best-kept musical secrets. The Gothic-style edifice, designed in 1852 to look like a medieval English parish church, boasts some of the crispest and cleanest acoustics in Music City. Its small size all but guarantees an intimate musical experience."

"Music City Baroque took full advantage of this stone marvel on Sunday afternoon, when it presented a program of exquisite 17th- and 18th-century chamber works ... the musicians played throughout with grace, taste and unfailing sensitivity ... Every note was played with sincere feeling." — John Pitcher, artnownashville.com


ArtNowNashville.com review

Review: Music City Baroque opens its 2011-12 season with incandescent performances

“There was absolutely nothing dry, stodgy or academic about the way these period-instrument virtuosos made music on Sunday. Nashville’s premier early-music group was at Blair for the opening of its 2011-12 season, and…this top-notch ensemble played the music of Bach and other composers with immediacy, passion and a welcome degree of lyrical warmth.” — John Pitcher, artnownashville.com


Scene Best of Nashville

For Second Year in a Row, MCB is Writer's Pick for Best of Nashville

BEST EARLY MUSIC GROUP: MUSIC CITY BAROQUE

Legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw once described J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor as "God's favorite piece of music." No doubt, the Almighty is mighty pleased with Music City Baroque and its artistic director, Murray Somerville. The ensemble will present a rare period-instrument performance of the Mass in B minor — surely the crowning achievement of history's greatest composer — on March 25 at St. George's Episcopal Church. Since its founding in 2003, Music City Baroque has quickly emerged as the leading interpreter of Bach's music in Nashville. It has also become the go-to group for annual holiday sing-alongs of Handel's Messiah.
— JOHN PITCHER