|FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2:00PM, MUSA BAROQUE ENSEMBLE|
After years of successful collaboration, eight of the most talented young artists in the San Francisco Bay Area officially banded together in late 2011 as MUSA, a baroque instrument ensemble (baroque violin, viola, violoncello, viola da gamba, and harpsichord) with a shared passion for bringing the sounds of the baroque to life. Striving to be historically informed and to present colorful performances, MUSA moves fluently between the roles of soloists, chamber musicians, and large ensemble. Since its founding, MUSA has consistently pushed itself to expand its artistic boundaries to reach diverse audiences. MUSA was featured in the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum exhibition “Royal Treasures from the Louvre” with a program of music by the French masters including Lully, François Couperin, Rameau, and Royer. The ensemble was also invited to present 18th century Dutch music at the opening of the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" exhibit at the De Young Museum. More recently MUSA performed a baroque program of music of Latin America at the main stage event of SFMusic Day. The ensemble has also partnered with other young early music performers including Jarring Sounds (mezzo-soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah, lutenist and guitarist Adam Cockerham), and traverso player Joshua Romatowski. Individually, the members of MUSA perform with renowned period ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Bach Choir, Archetti, Portland Baroque Orchestra, as well as preeminent orchestras of the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and others. The musicians hail from top centers of performance education, including The Juilliard School, Yale University, Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva.
"We are excited to showcase our first commissioned works for Baroque instruments at the Young Performers Festival. It is especially meaningful for us as a local group to perform on this series with groups from across the continent." Click to view MUSA's web site.