Past Concerts

Past Concerts

Fifth Season: 2019-2020

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Les violes charmantes

A program of charming German and French viola da gamba duets, features special guest from the Bay Area, Elisabeth Reed, with Gail Ann Schroeder and harpsichordist Jennifer Streeter.
Works by Boismortier, Handel, Marais and Schenck.

St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield, Asheville

$20 in advance / $25 at the door / $5 for Students +handling (for credit card purchases only) and 7% NC sales tax

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Da sola

ABCs’ artistic director Gail Ann Schroeder performs some of her favorite works for unaccompanied viola da gamba. This program of lyra-viol pieces, suites and fantasias from 17th and 18th century England, France and Germany, has it all–gorgeous melodies, virtuosic passages and special effects in imitation of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdies.
Works by Abel, de Machy, Ferrabosco, Hume and Telemann.

St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield, Asheville

$15 in advance / $20 at the door / $5 for Students +handling (for credit card purchases only) and 7% NC sales tax

Fourth Season: 2018 – 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3 p.m.

London Bridge

A program of style galant—music bridging the baroque to classical—is celebrated in collaboration with the Mallarmé Chamber Players. Suzanne Rousso, baroque viola, and Stephanie Vial, baroque cello, with ABCs’ Gail Ann Schroeder and Barbara Weiss, play works by Abel, Flakton, Lidl and Purcell.


Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Masters of Melancholy

Artistic Director Gail Ann Schroeder is joined by Julie Jeffrey, Holly Maurer, Lynn Tetenbaum, and Webster Williams for a program of English viol consort music: fantasies and dances by Byrd, Dowland and Ward.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Splendors of Versailles

Michael Lynn performs gems of the French Baroque by Couperin le Grand, Dornel, Quentin and Telemann, with Jeanne Johnson, baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Barbara Weiss, harpsichord.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Presentation: Historical Flutes with Michael Lynn

Oberlin Conservatory’s professor of historical flutes and recorder presents a masterclass and lecture demonstration on the history of the flute, using his personal collection of original instruments.

Third Season: 2017 – 2018

Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Bastille Day: A French Baroque Celebration

ABCs’ artistic director, Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba, will be joined by Jeanne Johnson and Margaret Humphrey, Baroque violins; Webster Williams, viola da gamba; and Barbara Weiss, harpsichord, to perform works by Leclair, Marais and Couperin le Grand.

Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3 p.m.


A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, the highly decorated viols of Joachim Tielke will be featured on this concert of virtuoso duos from 18th-century Germany. Annalisa Pappano collaborates with Gail Ann Schroeder and Barbara Weiss to perform works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Gottlieb Graun and Christoph Schaffrath.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Angel and Devil

Gail Ann Schroeder and Barbara Weiss are joined by Holly Maurer, viola da gamba, and David Walker, theorbo, to present masterworks by the two opposing French Baroque icons of the viola da gamba, Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray.

Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Rebel, Saint and Sinner

Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano; Jeanne Johnson and Jin Kim, Baroque violins; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Barbara Weiss, harpsichord and organ, will perform the breathtaking Tombeau de M. de Lully by Jean-Féry Rebel, as well as exquisite vocal works by the saintly priest Benedictus Buns and notorious scoundrel Johann Rosenmüller.

Second Season: 2016 – 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 3 p.m.


The mastery of seventeenth-century Flemish composers is sublime—their works are full of movement and color, as with their famous counterparts in the art world, such as Peter Paul Rubens. The arrival of Italian musician-composers who brought their own style from “beyond the mountains” had further influence on this musical milieu. Versatile and expressive recorder virtuoso Frances Blaker will perform solos and chamber works from this rich, lively repertoire.

Frances Blaker, recorder; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba, Barbara Weiss, harpsichord
Works by T. Merula, D. Castello, N. à Kempis

Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 3 p.m.

La bella più bella

The direction of vocal music was changed forever in early seventeenth-century Italy by the innovation of monody—the use of a single melodic line with accompaniment—from which opera developed. Radiant soprano Molly Quinn will breathe life into these ardent, expressive songs and laments, accompanied by the unique, compelling blend of theorbo, viola da gamba and lirone.

Molly Quinn, soprano; Annalisa Pappano, lirone; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; David Walker, theorbo and Baroque guitar
Works by Luigi Rossi, G. Frescobaldi, G.G. Kapsberger, Virgilio Mazzochi

Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 3 p.m.


Experience the brilliance of seventeenth-century southern German and Austrian instrumental music with dynamic Baroque violinist, Jeanne Johnson. Through their resplendent compositions, the virtuoso violinist-composers featured on this program immortalized this exciting and experimental time in the history of violin playing.

Jeanne Johnson, Baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; Barbara Weiss, harpsichord
Works by H.I. Biber, J.G. Walther, W. Young, N. Matteis