First off, earlier this month IndyBaroque hired a new executive director, Maarten Bout, who was formerly with the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington.
And now we have IndyBaroque's season announcement, featuring three concerts each by the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Cabaret Voltaire, and including a trip to Kansas for a collaboration with the Spire Chamber Ensemble of Kansas City on Bach's Mass in B-Minor.
Both ensembles, which were formed independently of each other in the '80s, play on period instruments and employ historically accurate technique.
Bout makes a good case for seeing a concert by either group in a press release: ""There are hardly words to describe the effect of historically informed performance. It transcends the mere physical impact of music vibrations on your body, or its visceral effect, but gives you a glimpse into how the composer and the musicians of the day heard their music."
Here's the lineup, with descriptions provided by IndyBaroque:
Ensemble Voltaire: Now & Then
Founding members Barbara Kallaur and Thomas Gerber officially open the 25 Anniversary Season with a stylish retrospective of some of the most precious works for Baroque Flute and Harpsichord. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Jacques-Martin Hotteterre (1674 - 1763) and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767).
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. @ Alumni House, University of Indianapolis
Friday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra: Bach & The Italians
Does Johann Sebastian Bach possess an Italian flair and flavor? Absolutely! In this dynamic program, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra will explore the specific influence of the major Italian composers of the Baroque on Bach's style. There is no doubt that Bach knew the music of the Venetians Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), as well as works in the style of the Veronese composer Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco (1675-1742). With the further influence of the Italian language and the Venetian opera, Bach composed his own works as a rich reflection of Italian musical style. Incorporating the drama, spontaneity, elaborate harmonization, bold introductions and endings, and vivacious rhythms of these Italian composers, Bach was able to add an even richer layer with his own masterful gift of polyphony.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. @ First United Church, Bloomington
Sunday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Monday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. @ Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis
January 17-19, 2014
Ensemble Voltaire: This Is the End
The music world turns over a new leaf as Johann Sebastian Bach passes away in 1750; the times transition into new musical styles and tastes. We hear pieces that perfectly represent this period of musical turmoil, works by Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708-1763), Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782) and Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767) written in the end-times of the baroque era.
Friday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Sunday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. @ The Historic Athenaeum
February 21, 2014
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra: Concerto Competition
The live and public final round of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra & Jacobs School of Music 2014 Early Music Institute Concerto Competition. Three finalists from the IU Jacobs School of Music EMI will be selected to perform a Baroque concerto of their choice. Judges Barthold Kuijken (Artistic Director, IBO), Webb Wiggins (harpsichord, Oberlin College), and Cynthia Roberts (Baroque violin, Julliard) will select the winnner who will be presented as soloist at Indiana University during the 2014-2015 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Season of performances.
Friday, Feb. 21, 1:00 p.m. @ Ford-Crawford Hall, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington
Feb. 2-March 3, 2014
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra & Spire: Bach Mass in B-minor
The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, along with the Spire Chamber Ensemble of Kansas City, collaborate to present one of the most monumental works of choral music, Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor. Hailed as one of the greatest musical compositions of all time, Bach's musical setting of the complete Latin Mass is not only a synthesis of Bach's stylistic and technical gifts, but a tribute to his deep spirituality and to the most personal theological traditions of his daily life. This work, with its masterful combining of the Catholic and Lutheran liturgy, is the subject of much scholarly work not only about its form and composition, but even about the origins of its first performances.
Sunday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. @ Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis
April 11-13, 2014
Ensemble Voltaire: Late Bloomers
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) wrote his first opera at age 50. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) didn't start composing larger scale works until he was in his 40s and had moved from the stifling court environment of Frederick the Great, to Hamburg, to take over his godfather Telemann's position.. Both these late blooming baroque composers only became composers of grand works, such as oratorios and operas, long after they had established themselves as performing musicians. In a tribute to all who come to do great things later in life, Ensemble Voltaire presents this concert of late works by Rameau and CPE.
Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Sunday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. @ The Historic Athenaeum