Press Release: Renowned violinist Jaap Schröder leads exciting concert

American Baroque Orchestra shares rare 17th-century musical gems

New Haven, CT | The renowned baroque violinist Jaap Schröder makes a rare New Haven appearance on Friday, October 28 to lead the American Baroque Orchestra in concert. The historically-informed performance will bring to life rarely-heard music of the 17th century, including pieces by Purcell, Schmelzer, and more. The concert also marks the debut of the American Baroque Singers, an elite ensemble of eight vocalists.

Much of the music on the program is not only rarely performed but is not even available on recordings, making this concert a particularly special opportunity. Composers range from celebrated names to rediscovered secrets. The great English composer Henry Purcell will be represented by both instrumental and choral works. His gripping eight-part “Hear My Prayer, O Lord” will contrast beautifully with two rarely-heard Slavic motets that helped to bring polyphony eastward.

Johann Bernhard Bach is remembered far less than his second cousin Johann Sebastian, but his Overture in G minor features a memorable part for solo violin, thrilling and virtuosic. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer wrote his stunning, poignant Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III to remember the emperor who was also a fellow composer.

Schröder – not just a performer but also a scholar and educator – is one of the most influential figures in baroque music today. “And to hear Jaap Schröder’s inspired leadership and understanding of these works,” says ABO’s artistic director Mark Bailey, “is just as rare.”

The American Baroque Orchestra (ABO), a first-rate period instrumental ensemble, has been active in New Haven and beyond for several years and was officially established last year. Bailey comments, “It’s a fantastic feeling to be celebrating ABO’s one-year anniversary as we anticipate a second exciting season of great concerts.” Bailey also directs its companion vocal ensemble, American Baroque Singers, which makes its debut on this concert.

The October 28th concert will begins at 7:30pm in Marquand Chapel at the Yale Divinity School (409 Prospect Street, New Haven). The chapel offers a beautiful setting and acoustic for this project. Parking is available on site.

Tickets are $18 general admission in advance, $35 for preferred patron seating, available at At the door, general admission tickets are $20, and student tickets are available on a pay-as-you-can basis.

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About the Performers

The American Baroque Orchestra (ABO) is a first-rate period instrumental ensemble filled with extraordinary talent. Under the direction of Mark Bailey, its superior musicians perform great musical works with energy, depth, ingenuity, and historical insight. By enlivening education about baroque performance, ABO fulfills its mission to build vibrant and meaningful connections between listeners and musical repertoire. The genesis of the ensemble dates to the 2004–2005 season, and ABO enjoyed its first official season in 2010–2011. The ensemble displays an innovative respect for music and its history though discovery, collaboration, and education.

The distinguished Dutch violinist, conductor, and pedagogue Jaap Schröder has enjoyed a long and diverse career. Born in 1925 in Amsterdam, Schröder combined violin studies in Amsterdam and Paris with musicology courses at the Sorbonne. He has served as the director and concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music, the visiting music director of the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and a faculty member at top conservatories. Jaap Schröder has recorded for the Smithsonian label, Harmonia mundi, and Virgin Classics. His research on unfamiliar violin literature of the 17th and 18th centuries has led to recordings of compositions by such virtuosi as Uccellini, Leclair, and Biber. As an orchestra leader and soloist he has recorded with the Concerto Amsterdam (Teldec) and performed with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Drottningholm Court Baroque Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. With Christopher Hogwood, he directed the first complete recording of the Mozart symphonies on Classical instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music (Decca). His repertoire extends to music of Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Hindemith.

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