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The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

Barthold Kuijken, artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, joins Harmonia this week to explore music from a recent performance by the orchestra.

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The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra has been presenting exciting and innovative programs for a number of years throughout Central Indiana. Originally founded by the members of Ensemble Voltaire, the orchestra has blossomed within the last decade as a formidable organization which specializes in the orchestral repertoire from Lully to Mozart.

The recent appointment of Belgian flutist Bart Kuijken as the orchestra’s Artistic Director has been propitious, to say the least. The name Kuijken will be familiar to many of you as he’s one of three exceptionally gifted brothers of the Kuijken Trio—all of whom have been guiding lights in the Early Music field for decades. Bart, the youngest, is recognized as a world-class baroque flutist who has many talents. He’s both an orchestral director and a scholar in the area known as performance practice. Most recently, he earned a doctorate from the Free University in Brussels.

The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra (IBO) presented a concert during the 2008-2009 season entitled Les Nations, or “The Nations,” which included dance music by Henry Purcell, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and a lesser-known French baroque composer, André Campra.

New Release

Bart Kuijken is the featured soloist in our new release of the week. His latest Accent label recording, entitled Flute Sonatas by the Bach Sons, is an exploration of flute music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s children—some famous in their day and others less so.

Bart has been championing Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel’s music throughout his entire career and now turns to a handful of excellent works from a few others with that famous name. Bart is joined by harpsichordist Ewald Demeyere, a longtime collaborator, in the new release.

The IBO’s live performance comes to us courtesy of Indy Baroque, Inc., an organization that promotes concerts and educational initiatives in the Central Indiana area through the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Voltaire.

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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