Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 48 ~ Flex Pass

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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

P.O. Box 482
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 48

Now in its 48th season, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival was founded in 1974 by early-keyboard specialist Linda Burman-Hall as a way to share the joys of early music with friends and the community. In the beginning, in an old Victorian house at Schwan Lagoon, there was just a handful of fine musicians playing with rising excitement through centuries of early scores while studying historical treatises, puzzling how their own instruments could best express this old and enchanting music and touch the heart of the listener. With this commitment, the festival's concerts have continuously revived the excitement and controversy that early music generated when it was new. Since its early days, the Baroque Festival has grown as presenting organization, bringing early classical music to Santa Cruz area audiences in hundreds of concerts and over the course of 46 seasons.

Our mission is to present an annual season of early classical music as it sounded in its own time. Each season theme expands the envelope of ‘Baroque’ by drawing connections with other times, places, and styles. We balance masterworks and innovative collaborations, local emerging artists with touring professionals, and experimental new ideas about old instruments with historical performance practice. We explore early music’s connections with science, literature, art and history. We engage our audience in an expedition through musical time.

Select three of the five concerts in our 48th season. 

|. Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm ~ Love Songs through the Ages

Valentine’s Day Eve ~ a full spectrum of ardent lovesongs from Hildegard of Bingen to Bach and beyond.

Karen Clark, Contralto with Shira Kammen, multi-instrumentalist

• Live cast from Santa Cruz


||. Sunday, March 7 at 3pm ~ Northern Virtuosity

The best of Bach in sonorous bass and celestial treble registers played most elegantly by a rising star

Ida Kuhns Riegel, ‘cello & recorder

• Live cast from Copenhagen


|||. Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm ~ Bach & More for 1 & 2 Violins

A traditional Baroque contest ~ two artists outdoing one another, playing and improvising in unique personal styles

Edwin Huizinga & Grijda Spiri, Baroque violins

• Live cast from Santa Cruz


|V. Saturday, April 10 at 7:30pm ~ A Celtic Traditional Lute Recital

America’s premiere Renaissance lutenist plays favorites and new discoveries from the 16th-18th centuries

Ronn McFarlane, virtuoso Renaissance, Irish & Scottish lutenist

• Live cast from Baltimore


V. Saturday, April 24 at 7:30pm ~ Voices of the Ancients

Story and Song in the First Millennium ~ musical storytelling from Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Viking cultures

Tim Rayborn: Ancient and medieval harps, lyres, drums, flutes, and voice

• Live cast from Santa Cruz

All concerts include a pre-concert green room talk with the artists, and a Zoom reception after the show for patrons and artists to mingle and chat. 

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