Sacramento Baroque Soloists
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Three to four concert sets are presented in two different venues for each season: St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Sacramento and Harris Center at Folsom Lake College in Folsom. A variety of concerts are presented with varied historical themes. For instance, in our 2018-19 Season concert themes included 'Lightning and Grace: Judith Linsenberg, Recorder,' 'Christmas Concertos by Candlelight,' 'Voice of the Cello,' and 'Viva Vivaldi'. For the holidays the Soloists often present a concert of their own arrangements of early Christmas carols. In each program the audience experiences a visit through history in music and in the program notes, which give them context for the music and explain how each piece of music relates to the theme. Players interact with the audience through the program and give audience members musical tidbits and anecdotes which relate to the history of the time. The music is performed on historically accurate instruments, which adds to the authenticity and period flavor of the experience.
Budget
$30,000
Program Successes
Sacramento Baroque Soloists have been producing a concert series since 2004, growing from one venue per concert to three to four well-attended, and often sold-out concerts per program in the 2018-19 season. Our audience has continued to increase yearly and audience members frequently comment on their appreciation of the concerts performed. The success of the organization is seen in their continuing growth in number subscribers and donors, and in invitations to perform outreach concerts on outside series.
Description
Outreach concerts are performed in outlying areas, giving regional audiences access to music which they may only usually be able to hear on recordings. Budget is approximately $600 to $2000 depending on the size of the ensemble. We usually are able to provide 4 to 5 musicians but occasionally can repeat a concert with a larger ensemble.
Budget
$2,000
Program Successes
Sacramento Baroque Soloists performed outreach concerts most recently at Festival of Carols in Ione in 2016, in collaboration with the Art Theater of Davis at the Pence Gallery in Davis in 2016, at Harrison Oaks Studio in 2014, at St. Paul's Performing Arts Series in Manteca in 2013, and at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Description
Sacramento Baroque Soloists perform educational programs at local schools. Budget varies depending on number of players performing, from $200 to $2000.

Sacramento Baroque Soloists brings "Music Journey," an exciting presentation of music history that uses music, short scenes and audience participation to engage the listeners to learn about how music has changed through the ages from medieval Europe until today, to schools K-8.

Michael Lawson came up with the idea of Music Journey when he realized how people think of all of the music from history as classical music, and even music from the recent past can be obscure. With the use of different costumes, interaction between the performers, and brief historical descriptions, Music Journey makes each historical period memorable and teaches key ideas to illustrate a clear picture of how music and has evolved over time.

As classical music performers, we wanted to create a music performance that can bridge the gap between seasoned concert goers and younger school aged audiences. Music from long ago surely carried its own excitement, but over time we become accustomed to the sounds of the past and associate the music with certain ideas and images. We strive to make the music new again by adding colorful costumes representing different historical eras and making each scene interesting or even funny with various props and lively movements on stage.

Music Journey is a 50 minute school assembly show designed for K through 8 children. The show takes the audience through history with engaging examples of music, colorful costumes and entertaining skits that teach important turning points in music through time. Children will hear virtuosic passages of music on the violin and cello, beautiful songs and rocking melodies from Michael and Lisa Lawson, the show's creators.

They use their musicanship on the violin and cello, along with a colorful stage backdrop, exciting synthesised orchestra and period costumes to create a unique and effective world of music scenes from the Medieval, Rennaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods of music. The show culminates in "Coming to America", a collage of music recapitulation that summarizes the different pieces from the show into one exciting medley.
Budget
$2,000
Program Successes
Michael and Lisa Lawson performed Music Journey in the greater Sacramento area between 1996 and 2006 and have now again made the program available through Sacramento Baroque Soloists as an exciting opportunity for Sacramento schools.