Sacramento Baroque Soloists

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.

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Address: PO Box 160632
Sacramento, CA 95816
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Lisa Lawson
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-705-3806
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 sixteen seasons we have produced over 70 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, and countertenor Paul Flight. 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 currently 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.
Sacramento Baroque Soloists relies on supporter's contributions to produce our seasonal concert series, to bring music to rural areas, and to bring our music to school children and underprivileged populations. Funds are used to hire professional baroque musicians, to publicize the concerts, for administrative help, to produce audio and video recordings, and to produce outreach concerts.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Funding for players for subscription concert series: $15,000
  2. Other - Please Describe - Publicity: $5000
  3. Other - Please Describe - Part-time office staff: $3000
  4. Funding: Program - Funding for CD production: $10,000
  5. Funding: Program - Outreach and education concerts: $5000
Sacramento Baroque Soloists is one of the musical treasures of the Sacramento area. As other local professional music groups have struggled to survive, the Soloists have grown in a grass-roots fashion, with our volunteer board and administration keeping operating costs low, focusing on funding for our professional musicians, venues, and publicity. Our committed volunteers do tasks from graphics to ushering to concessions, many of them professionals in these fields who love baroque music and love our organization. Our musicians are local baroque specialists of the highest caliber, and often contribute their own time to help the organization flourish. Camaraderie is held in high regard, a trait appreciated by both musicians and audience and seen in our growing community of supporters. -Lisa Marie Lawson, Music Director, Sacramento Baroque Soloists