Dorian Baroque was founded as a means for musicians of diverse musical paths to come together and explore the potential of period instruments. Our philosophy to music making focuses on exploring the versatility of historical instruments and is led by the principles of the baroque period – opulence, exuberance, dissonance, and ornate grandeur. Our mission is to engage the listener with dynamic performances, educate young musicians on a historical approach to music making and draw a broad audience to the compelling sound of period instruments.
The orchestra debuted in 2012 with a program of jovial German Feast Music led by artistic director, Marina Fragoulis. Later that summer the orchestra was featured at the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Voice Festival in a fully staged production of Francesco Cavalli’s opera La Calisto. The collaboration marked the Manhattan School of Music’s first foray into historically informed performance.
At the start of its inaugural 2012-13 season Dorian Baroque celebrates the music of Bach with the famed cantata “Lobe den Herren” BWV 137 performed with the choir of The Church of the Epiphany on the upper east side of Manhattan. On February 17th & 18th Dorian Baroque partners with Hudson Heights Music Academy to present the Baroque Music Academy, an early music workshop for children. Workshop classes include hands-on learning about the harpsichord, viola da gamba, baroque violin and recorders, and lessons in singing and improvisation. A concert featuring music of Marin Marais, Buxtehude, Vivaldi and D’Anglebert rounds out the workshop. The highlight of Spring 2013 is The Concerto Grosso, a concert featuring virtuosic works for orchestra by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Bach and displaying the many soloists of the orchestra. The season concludes in June 2013 at the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Voice Festival, once again bringing to life the dazzling beauty of17th century Italian opera in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi.