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Do you enjoy music, conversation, wine, appetizers & more? Join the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, directed by Frances Blaker, for a fun afternoon fundraiser benefiting the orchestra! Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of wine, appetizers by chef Pierce Schaaf of Pickled Peach fame, a musical performance by the orchestra, conversation with the musicians and a raffle with incredible items curated by the musicians of NCBO, your favorite baroque orchestra! The musical selections will include baroque era works by a female composer and a black composer, as well as more familiar works by Handel, Telemann and Lully.
Stranger in a Strange Land: a musical story of outsider composers
Join the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra as we explore an intriguing program focusing on musical cross pollination. Some of our composers spent time away from their birth countries, learning from, being inspired by, and imitating composers in the lands they visited, and some of the works we’ll play come from the pens of composers who were “outsiders” by dint of race or gender.
In the case of traveling musicians, you will hear the influences of their birth places, along with new influences from their adventures to other lands. Georg Frideric Handel was born in Germany, studied and made his first mark in Italy, spent his career in England. Willem de Fesch of the Netherlands joined Handel’s orchestra in London. Jean-Baptiste Lully, consummate Frenchman was born Giovanni Battista Lulli in Italy. Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges traveled from his birthplace, the French colony of Guadeloupe, to France. Born to a French planter and an enslaved African woman, Chevalier de Saint-Georges gained his education and his musical training in France, becoming a virtuoso violinist, composer and conductor. He had to contend with both the strangeness of moving to a foreign country and of making his way as a Black man in a white society. Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, though living her life in France, made a place for herself as one of the very few women in professional music life in France. All of these composers wrote music that was vivid, charming, exciting and moving. NCBO will bring you a lively and engaging evening of musical storytelling.
Saturday, November 19th 4:00-6:00pm
The Hurt Hub
210 Delburg Street in Davidson
Advance tickets required, available online. $50 per person.
Raffle Tickets sold at the door: $5 each or 5 for $20.
About the NC Baroque Orchestra
The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO), a period instrument ensemble, was co-founded in 2011 by sisters and musical collaborators Frances Blaker and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck for the purpose of providing orchestral and chamber music opportunities for musicians specializing in baroque performance practice.
It was clear from their first concerts in 2011 that there was a need for NCBO. The musicians were hungry for an opportunity to play baroque orchestral music on period instruments at a professional level, and the audiences were excited by their exuberant, refreshing and inspiring performances.
The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra maintains a goal of presenting refined, stylistic, artistic and fun performances, engaging both the players and the listeners in the stories and historical context behind the music.