Festive Baroque - the Power of Music

September 17, 2017 - June 17, 2018

Mountainside Baroque

Mountainside Baroque, Western Maryland's Early Music Collective, is proud to announce its 7th concert season, entitled "Festive Baroque: The Power of Music." This new season, its most ambitious to date, will again offer a variety of musical treasures, brought to the region by a bundle of renowned national and international specialists in music of the Baroque, Classic and Renaissance eras. Co-Directors Ryan Mullaney and Lyle Nordstrom have been developing this particular season for several years, gearing up to this season's culminating event: an early music festival in June 2018. It expected to help cement the reputation of our area as an important national center for early music.The 7th season will open on Sunday, September 17, at 4 p.m., at the Shrine of St. Peter and Paul, with "Totally Telemann," marking the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann's death. Telemann was the most revered and famous composer of the first half of the 18th century. Even though Bach and Telemann were good friends (Telemann was godfather to some of Bach's sons), Bach was always passed over for employment in favor of Telemann. This concert will feature Kathy Stewart and Sarah Lynn, two of the most prominent Baroque flute performers in the United States. Telemann's "German Magnificat," performed with the Scholars of St. Cecelia and soloists, will also be featured.

Upcoming Events
Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas December 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

For the fifth year in a row, the Scholars of Saint Cecilia, Mountainside Baroque’s chamber choir, will sing the “Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas” at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 17, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The service features seasonal music, traditional carols, and readings by clergy and local officials. It is (as always) free-of-charge, though a free will offering will be received. This annual tradition is a great way to kick off the holiday season in downtown Cumberland!

Musique Parisienne April 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

In the New Year, Mountainside will continue its series on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Washington Street in Cumberland, with “Musique Parisienne.” This concert will explore often-neglected French music, especially music from Paris and Versailles, where popular dance forms such as gavotte, gigue and minuet dominated the musical scene. In addition to works featuring these dance forms, Mountainside’s most versatile soprano, Rebecca Beasley, will perform a cantata by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault. Beasley returns to the series after a several-year hiatus and joins a cast including early music keyboardist Marc Bellassai performing keyboard works by Francois Couperin and others. Viola da gamba virtuoso Arnie Tanimoto will also be serving as both soloist and accompanist during this concert. (Marc and Arnie are also members of the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy faculty.)

Music in the Mountains June 17, 2018

June 2018 will see the long-awaited launch of the inaugural Mountainside Baroque “Music in the Mountains” Festival, planned as a biennial event. With many audience members already driving to Cumberland to attend series concerts, this festival is a logical extension of the ensembles already well-established offerings, designed to highlight Renaissance, Baroque and Classic music along with the history of Western Maryland. The culminating event of the Festival and Season on Sunday, June 17 will feature performers from each of the featured ensembles for a gala performance of one of G. F. Handel’s most beloved oratorios, Alexander’s Feast. This performance will not only highlight vocal soloists and instrumentalists from previous festival concerts, but also the largest period instrument orchestra assembled thus far by Mountainside Baroque. Along with a full compliment of strings and winds, the orchestra will also include valveless horns and trumpets, providing a festive ending for the season.