A little over a week ago, Mountainside Baroque kicked off its 6th season of presenting early music in both the Potomac Highlands and the Baltimore/Washington metro area. For those who aren't familiar, the organization was founded by myself and Dr. Lyle Nordstrom in 2010 as both an artistic outlet, and a service to the arts community in Western Maryland. We've had the good fortune to not only collaborate with world-class musicians on works like Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Telemann's Der Tod Jesu, Handel's Acis and Galatea, Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, and all 16 (well 15, really) of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's Rosary Sonatas, just to name a few. Since our humble beginnings, Mountainside Baroque has also taken on an extensive educational outreach campaign, highlighted by our annual Mountainside Baroque Academy for middle and high school age students, held each June in Cumberland, Maryland. It is our hope to continue this growth into the future and run our academy in tandem with an early music festival, held biennially and launching in 2018.
Our new season, Music of Princes and Pauper's Kicked off with an all Handel program featuring arias recalling the rival divas Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni, with the lovely Estelí Gomez and Fabiana Gonzalez in the title roles. The rest of the season features a staged production of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Music from Tudor England, and finally Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 4 and Coffee Cantata. If you haven't been to one of our performances, please consider joining us. more information is available at our website. If you please, it would be our delight.