Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Mar 26, 2023 - 04:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
1100 Sumter St, Columbia, SC
Craven Community College, New Bern, NC
Apr 20, 2023 - 07:30 PM
NCBO full orchestra directed by Frances Blaker
Craven Community College Orringer Auditorium
Craven Community College New Bern, NC
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.
Frances Blaker - Conductor & Artistic Director
Frances Blaker is a virtuoso recorder player and world-renowned expert in baroque performance practice, teaching workshops throughout The United States and Europe. She is a unique and exciting conductor, inspiring the NCBO players to bring new life to old music! Ms Blaker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she maintains an active teaching studio and works on her compositions.
Barbara Krumdieck - Executive Director & Cellist
Barbara manages all of the details involved in putting performances together. The NCBO players travel in from near and far. Some are in the Carolinas, but a large number of the players travel in from all over the country including California, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee , Georgia, Washington, D.C., Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Ms. Krumdieck contracts the musicians, arranges for their transportation and housing, provides them with music and makes them feel welcome and valued within NCBO. She is also liaison between the orchestra and choir directors who contract NCBO for their special projects.
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck
Your donations to the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra are critical in supporting the performances of these master musicians.
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Your donations help fund our instrumental projects with artistic director Frances Blaker.
Your donations help fund our annual orchestra building retreat, a week of working together with Frances Blaker in rehearsals, sectionals and seminars which is followed by several concerts.
Your donations help support our efforts to bring period-instrument orchestral and chamber music concerts to underserved communities through-out the southeastern United States.
The superb North Carolina Baroque Orchestra accompanied. There were just nine performers for this evening’s concert, but their full tone belied that number. The balance with the choir of about thirty was very fine. Phrasing and rhythm were tight and they created the tone and moods needed in this wide-ranging dramatic work.
WITH ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH CHOIR, DIRECTOR RONNIE WISE – HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’
This way-ahead-of-its-time harmonic adventure was a challenge for the orchestra for its difficult intonation, which they passed with sparkling confidence and brilliance.
DIRECTED BY FRANCES BLAKER – FRANZ BIBER’S PARS III FROM MENSA SONORA (1680)
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