Matthias Maute | June 19 2015
"Imaginative...powerful...top flight...The music making... was first rate." - New York Times
Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. Mr. Maute is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he produces ingenious and fascinating programs. With this ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals world wide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival among others.
In the realm of choir and orchestra direction Matthias Maute has focussed more and more on large scale projects. His versions of Bach’s B Minor Mass, Arvo Pärt's and J.S.Bach’s Magnificat and J. D. Zelenka’sMiserere were broadcast nationwide by CBC Radio 2 and Radio Canada/Espace Musique. He has recorded G. F. Haendel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks on CD, and under his direction Ensemble Caprice was awarded the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance) for its CD Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels on the Analekta label. In September 2012 Ensemble Caprice directed by Matthias Maute will release a double CD on Analekta featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concertosjuxtaposed with Preludes from Shostakovich's Op. 87.
His solo career has soared since winning First Prize in the soloist category at the renowned Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium in 1990. He made his debut at Lincoln Center in New York in December 2008. In 2003 and 2005, he was the featured recorder soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Matthias Maute’s compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music and are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus. Mr. Maute has made some twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and Atma Classique labels. He teaches at Université de Montréal and McGill University in Montreal.
Ensemble Caprice | June 21 2015
For 25 years Ensemble Caprice has been known for the innovative spirit it breathes into Baroque repertoire. In addition to its concerts in Montreal, the orchestra undertakes several tours every year – an impressive accomplishment, with dozens of concerts given in Quebec, Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia.
The Rose Ensemble | June 26 2015
Founded in 1996 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Rose Ensemble performs vocal music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion and world cultures and traditions. With nine critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.
The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, first prize winner in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix). The group’s concerts and recordings have been called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “impassioned and brightly alive” (Choral Journal) and “engaging . .. satisfying” (Gramophone). Founder Jordan Sramek received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America “for entrepreneurial zeal.”
The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union (most notably with annual Christmas broadcasts) and was recently featured in special live broadcasts on Radio France, Chicago Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
The Rose Ensemble’s recent performance highlights include appearances at Certamen Coral de Tolosa (Tolosa Choral Contest, Spain), Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL), Willamette University (Salem, OR), Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (Tacoma, WA), Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Naples, FL), Early Music Now (Milwaukee, WI), and Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk, VA).
The Ensemble has released 10 recordings to date.
Nell Snaidas & Aeris | June 28 2015
Nell Snaidas has been praised by the New York Times for her “beautiful soprano voice, melting passion” and “vocally ravishing” performances.
She began her career singing leading roles in zarzuelas at New York City's Repertorio Español. Specialization in Italian and Spanish Baroque music has since taken her all over Europe, North and Latin America. Operatic performances include her European debut in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante at the Teatro Garibaldi in Palermo, Sicily as well as creating the role "Princess Olga" in the world-premiere of the Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Matheson’s opera Boris Goudenow in Boston and Tanglewood.
She has been a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Seattle Baroque, The Dallas Bach Society, and Ex Umbris. Nell starred internationally as "Christine" in The Phantom of the Opera, is heard in Mel Brooks’ movie-musical The Producers, and was a soloist in the Grammy-nominated Broadway cast album Hair. She also collaborated with Alicia Keys in the musical arrangement and Italian translation of her song “Superwoman” for Kathleen Battle for the grand finale of the 2008 America Music Awards.
She has recorded for Sony Classical, Dorian, Koch International and Naxos and was featured on CBC radio as one of the leading interpreters of Spanish Renaissance and Sephardic song.
Trio Setticento & Guests | July 10 2015
Rachel Barton Pine, baroque violin, viola d'amore
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba, baroque 'cello
David Schrader, harpsichord, positiv organ, fortepiano
Praised by Fanfare for its "wonderful, vital and buoyant performances," Trio Settecento's passionate and authoritative interpretations renew the pleasures of hearing beloved music from the Age of Enlightenment while also revealing the delights of new discoveries. Imagination, vigor, technical polish and historical insight have made the Trio's performances appealing to audiences and critics alike.
Trio Settecento's new album, A German Bouquet, was released by Cedille Records in September 2009. It features a selection of German Baroque era works with popular pieces by Bach and Buxtehude, as well as rarely heard repertoire by Johann Schop, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Muffat, Johann Philipp Krieger, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach and Johann Georg Pisendel. This CD follows the group's highly successful An Italian Sojourn in 2007, which includes baroque sonatas by Castelllo, Stradella, Corelli, Veracini and others. Wrote Gramophone of An Italian Sojourn, "There isn't a piece that doesn't impress. This is as good a collection for a newcomer to the Baroque as it is for those who want to hear these works performed at a high level."
Trio Settecento will continue to explore Europe's regional dialects in baroque music with future albums of music from France and the British Isles. Pine, Rozendaal and Schrader view these albums as "recital discs," presenting on CD the same type of program the Trio would play in concert.
Trio Settecento was formed after Pine, Rozendaal and Schrader came together in 1996 to record the complete violin sonatas of George Frederick Handel. The Trio's 2009-2010 season includes appearances at Columbia University in New York City, the University of Vermont in Burlington and the Chicago Early Music Festival. The Trio made its New York City debut at The Frick Collection in August, 2006, which was recorded for broadcast on WNYC. The Trio has also appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Music Institute of Chicago's Baroque Chamber Music Festival, as well as other performances around the U.S.
All three members of Trio Settecento are dedicated pedagogues. They frequently give workshops and master classes at community music schools and universities and lead pre-concert discussions before their performances.
Viva Vivaldi III - Rachel Barton Pine & The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra | July 12 2015
"An exciting, boundary-defying performer - Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon." - - The Washington Post
In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Named one of the top 25 ensembles in celebration of Early Music America’s 25th anniversary in 2011, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra is dedicated to excellent and exuberant performance of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music on period instruments. The orchestra was founded in 1997 and its current artistic director is Barthold Kuijken, internationally renowned Baroque flutist and distinguished Early Music pedagogue.
Members of the orchestra are some of the finest Baroque specialists in North America and are frequent collaborators with other well-known ensembles such as Bourbon Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Tafelmusik, Seraphic Fire and Washington Bach Consort.
Notable guest appearances by, among others, Julianne Baird, Stanley Richie and John Holloway have become highlights in the concert series the orchestra presents in Indianapolis and around the United States.