Taylor Johnston Early Music Series

This series brings high-quality performances of Renaissance and Baroque music played by guest artists from around the world.

2019/2020 Season Performances

Ensemble Bizarria
9/30 Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium 

Orpheus and Hercules: Music from the Court of Modena. Two of the best West Coast performers of early music bring to life the virtuosic music of the Este court of Modena, featuring rare gems for violin and cello by 17th-century composers Cima, Colombi, and Uccellini.

Profeti della Quinta
1/26 Sunday, 7:00 p.m.

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium 

Lamento d’Arianna: The Story of the Italian Madrigal. This internationally recognized vocal ensemble, comprised of five male singers and a chittarone player, presents the evolution of the Italian madrigal, from the highly expressive polyphony of de Rore to the revolutionary madrigals by Monteverdi that shaped the Baroque era.

2/25 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium 

Irregular Pearls: Treasures of the 17th and 18th Centuries. One of North America’s top-tier period instrument ensembles focuses on the irregular or misshapen aspects of music of the Baroque era in a program featuring well-known and more obscure composers.

Medici Ensemble

4/6 Monday, 7:30 p.m. 

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

A Musical Conversation: Virtuoso Chamber Music of the Baroque. A veteran of the early music scene and three of its rising stars explore Baroque chamber music as a conversation between musicians and with the audience. The program includes virtuoso solo and chamber repertoire from France, Germany, and Scotland and features works for recorder, baroque violin, baroque flute, harpsichord, and viola da gamba.

In remembrance of Dr. Taylor Johnston, the College of Music would like to recognize his vision, passion and support for underwriting the Early Music Series.