Author Archives: Mark Bailey

About Mark Bailey

Artistic Director

Baroque Music’s Curb Appeal: Our Approach to Style

There are certain thoughts and observations on the evolution of baroque performance practice that I’ve been trying to express, but haven’t been able to. That is, until one morning recently, when I decided to skip the news and watch a … Continue reading

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Press Release: 2013-2014 Season Opener

American Baroque Orchestra performs “Music across the Nations” October 12 Concert features music from Ukraine to the United States The American Baroque Orchestra opens its 2013–14 season on Saturday, October 12 with “Music across the Nations,” a program of Baroque … Continue reading

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A letter from the Artistic Director

Dear ABO Friends and Supporters, It’s a fantastic feeling to be celebrating our one-year anniversary as we anticipate ABO’s second exciting season of great concerts. Just over a year ago, we officially established an ensemble of like-minded, energetic musicians dedicated … Continue reading

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And we’re off…

A few weeks from now we’ll open our season at ABO with an exciting and likely once in a lifetime event. Renowned baroque violinist Jaap Schröder will lead ABO musicians in a program of hidden treasures from the 17th century. … Continue reading

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Giving Students Access to Great Music

ABO is pleased to announce that tickets for all major concerts in our upcoming 2011-2012 season will be offered to students on a pay-as-you-can basis. We welcome anyone enrolled in formal study up through and including college to attend our … Continue reading

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Music that disappears…the good ache

Several months ago Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, music director, invited me to do some transcriptions and arrangements of Slavic 17th century music to be performed at their season opener entitled, “Music Fit for a King.” I provided a series … Continue reading

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Let’s Bow Baroque

Let’s Bow Baroque! As part of our new “Let’s Bow Baroque” initiative, ABO is making available to students and area ensembles our set of 18th century style baroque training bows, in order to promote further discovery in period style musicianship. … Continue reading

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Because words can’t be ignored

One of the many contributions of historical performance practice is dispelling the notion that instrumental and vocal music should be treated as distinct or separate enterprises. Some of the finest baroque ensembles today, such as Bach Collegium Japan, Amsterdam Baroque, … Continue reading

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So, what’s next?

On April 30 ABO completed the fourth project of our first season, and in just a few weeks we’ll be one year old. That’s quite a milestone, and we’ll happily reflect on our first year when the time comes. In … Continue reading

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Oh No, Not Tchaikovsky Too!/More vibrato, please….PLEASE

Sir Roger Norrington pushes listeners and lovers of “classical music” to the edge. It’s bad enough that he recorded the Beethoven symphonies a while back with strict adherence to the metronome markings (many still perpetuate a modern-day rumor that Beethoven’s … Continue reading

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