Asheville Baroque Concerts is a new platform for presenting historically informed performance on the live concert stage. ABCs’ mission is to create a cultural institution focused on the exquisite beauty and history of period instruments and their repertoire in Asheville, Western North Carolina and the Upstate.
Since moving to Asheville in 2006—after 25 years performing and teaching early music in Europe—I’ve shared my passion for the rich sonority of historical instruments with American audiences wherever possible. But until now, there haven’t been many opportunities to perform closer to home. With the generous support and collaboration of Asheville’s Pan Harmonia chamber music series, I’m launching ABCs to develop an informed and enthusiastic audience in our region.
Asheville Baroque Concerts aims to widen awareness of what early music, especially the baroque period, encompasses. Many of the composers programmed for our first season are not well known to modern concertgoers. They were, however, popular and respected during their lifetime. Their music is representative of the elegant, exciting, and often virtuosic style of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I hope that curiosity and the love of great music, expertly performed, will entice you to attend our concerts!
Gail Ann Schroeder, ABCs Artistic Director
Asheville, North Carolina