Exploring 17th-and 18th-century Masterworks

MSU welcomes the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble for workshops and a guest artist concert.

Michael Lynn, baroque flute/recorder Catharina Meints, viola da gamba/baroque cello Marilyn McDonald, baroque violin Webb Wiggins, harpsichord.

Members of the ensemble are known for their exceptional musicianship and inspiring teaching, and are dynamic forces in the field of baroque performance practice. All are faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute. The Ensemble has toured throughout the United States, performing at major colleges and universities, at the Smithsonian Institution and the Frick Collection.

Workshops 1/28–1/29

The ensemble will offer their expertise and perspective about teaching and performing Baroque music with faculty and students. These discussions are free and open to the public. See the event page for details

Performance 1/29

The concert will showcase a variety of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire from Italy, England and Germany, and will feature MSU’s Robert Duffy harpsichord. The Oberlin Baroque Ensemble will perform on Friday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in MSU Auditorium’s Fairchild Theatre. This performance is the second of the three concerts in the inaugural Taylor Johnston Early Music Series. This general admission event is free for students. See the event page for tickets and more information.

Each member of the ensemble performs on period instruments to create an authentic sound that gives the audience a chance to experience how the music of composers such as Bach, Corelli and Handel sounded at the time their works were written. 

When asked about the importance of bringing a group of artists like this to MSU, David Rayl, professor of music, director of choral programs, and associate dean for graduate studies and research, replied, “This ensemble offers a unique and rare experience to hear baroque music as it was meant to sound and is truly a wonderful opportunity for the East Lansing community.”

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