Summit Music and Arts and the Breckenridge Music Festival welcome the return of The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, a professional period-instrument ensemble with core musicians primarily based in Colorado, for a concert at Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon on Sunday, Feb. 16.
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries. The orchestra is led from within the ensemble by violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel and harpsichordist, founder and artistic director Frank Nowell, collaborating to create lively and engaging performances that draw audiences into a personal experience of the music.
The program “Virtuoso Vivaldi” will include music from Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), “Il Giardino di Rose: Introdutione”; Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in D major for lute, strings and continuo (RV93), Concerto in D major for viola d’amore, strings and continuo (RV392), Concerto in D minor for lute and viola d’amore (RV540), Trio in C major (RV82) and Concerto in G major for two mandolins (mandolin and violin), strings and continuo (RV532); and Johann Adolphe Hasse (1699-1783) Concerto in G major for mandolin, strings, and continuo.
Featured soloists include Daniel Zuluaga, lute and mandolin; Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin and viola d’amore; and Matthew Dane, viola d’amore.
Zuluaga is native of Colombia, where he received his musical education. His interest in the early plucked-string instruments took him to the Early Music Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied lute under the tutelage of Nigel North. Zuluaga has appeared at numerous international music festivals, including Tage Alte Musik Regensburg (Germany), Festival van Vlaanderen-Antwerpen (Belgium), Singapore Arts Festival and Festival Cervantino (Mexico). Much in demand as a continuo player, Zuluaga frequently collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Elyma, Belgium’s B’Rock and Musica Angelica of Los Angeles.
Called “a stellar artist by any standard and the orchestra’s obvious sparkplug” by the Denver Post, Freivogel performs on both modern and baroque violin. In addition to being the leader and concertmaster of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Freivogel has played most recently with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), American Bach Soloists and the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston). She received a BA in musicology at Yale University and a Masters of Music in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory. She studied principally with Camilla Wicks and Marylou Speaker Churchill and is a dedicated and certified Suzuki teacher.
Dane serves as principal violist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and assistant principal of Arizona Musicfest and is a member of both the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Boulder Piano Quartet. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart, Portland (Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), Ruby Mountains (Nevada), Land’s End (Calgary) and Tanglewood. Past faculty appointments include the University of Colorado, Metro State College and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned tenure. He actively maintains a private teaching studio for violists in Boulder. Dane’s doctoral document, which examines the teaching influence of pedagogue Karen Tuttle, enjoys wide circulation among amateur and professional violists nationwide.
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado was founded in 2005 by Frank Nowell and debuted with a program titled “The Birth of the Orchestra.” Since that first performance, the orchestra quickly established itself as a unique and vital presence in Colorado’s performing-arts scene and was named Ensemble of the Year by The Denver Post. The ensemble’s imaginative programming strikes a balance between familiar masterworks and hidden gems of the Baroque period.