Sacramento Baroque Soloists are dedicated to creating vibrant, engaging performances of music from the 17th to 19th Centuries. We have developed a local reputation for quality and compelling programming. Inevitably, audience members leave these intimate concerts feeling moved and inspired. The ensemble was formed in 2001 by Lisa and Michael Lawson, and has performed yearly subscription series since 2004. In nineteen seasons we have produced over 90 subscription concerts and many outreach concerts. Concerts have had three to twelve performers, performing works from Uccellini and Gabrielli to Lully, from Vivaldi to Biber and Bach. Works performed range from solo sonatas to Concerto Grossi. Guests have included such notable soloists as recorder player Judith Linsenberg, violinist Michael Sand, cellist William Skeen, guitarist Richard Savino, countertenor Paul Flight, and soprano Robin Fisher. Sacramento Baroque Soloists performs a program for school assemblies, 'Music Journey,' which takes the students through five centuries of music in an interactive performance. The ensemble has taught classes and workshops at Davis High School, UC Davis, and the Sacramento Waldorf School, and has donated concert tickets to organizations including the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Alliance Francaise, Sac State Retirees Association, Wind, Camellia Symphony, Oakland School for the Arts, and Sacramento Waldorf School. The ensemble usually performs a four-concert season in two venues, historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Sacramento and the Scott Skillman Recital Hall at Harris Center at Folsom Lake College. In our 2019-20 season, Sacramento Baroque Soloists produced three pre-recorded virtual concerts which were made available to the public on YouTube.
The purpose of Sacramento Baroque Soloists is to engage the people of the Sacramento region with historically informed performances of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed by professional musicians with a high level of education in early music, on period-style instruments.
Funding for players for subscription concert series: $15,000
Part-time office staff: $3000
Funding for CD production: $10,000
Outreach and education concerts: $5000