Baroque Band to disband for good

Mon May 09, 2016 at 8:15 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Garry Clarke
Garry Clarke

On the same weekend that Haymarket Opera successfully presented its most ambitious production to date with Cavalli’s La Calisto, another Baroque group in Chicago announced that it is closing shop.

Baroque Band, from which Haymarket’s main players decamped, will perform its final concerts next month after nine seasons.

Garry Clarke, the period-instrument ensemble’s founder and artistic director, had previously announced that he would leave his position at the end of the current season. In a statement posted on the Baroque Band website, board president Evan Trent said the board voted unanimously to shutter the group after Clarke’s departure.

The final concerts of Baroque Band will be June 1, 3 and 4 with violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

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2 Responses to “Baroque Band to disband for good”

  1. Posted May 09, 2016 at 8:39 am by Bruce Tammen

    I’m very sorry this has happened. It is a loss not only for a specific audience, but a loss for the music community– players as well as listeners. Players need a broader base, more options, more ideas, more variety, to establish a viable community. Garry did high quality work, was full of ideas and knowledge. We are made less by this.

  2. Posted Jan 05, 2017 at 4:17 pm by Stephanie Hughes

    Love Baroque Band and baroque music in general especially with violin. I wish the players all the best.

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