Bard Baroque Ensemble

James Bagwell conducts the The Bard College Chamber Singers, Symphonic Chorus and Baroque Ensamble Wednesday December 3, 2014 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts' Sosnoff Theater at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Karl Rabe photo)

James Bagwell conducts the The Bard College Chamber Singers, Symphonic Chorus and Baroque Ensamble Wednesday December 3, 2014 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts’ Sosnoff Theater at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Karl Rabe photo)

Bard Baroque Ensemble

Founded in 2012 and praised as “a stirring addition to the broad musical scope” of the institution (Columbia-Green Media), the Bard Baroque Ensemble is dedicated to the exploration and performance of music from the 16th through 18th centuries.  Given the academic year has finished, Director and continuo player, Alexander Bonus has enhanced the composition of the Bard Baroque Ensemble for this concert with professional players who specialize in the baroque along with two outstanding graduate students from TON (The Orchestra Now), a new orchestral program of Bard College.  Most of the professional musicians participating have teaching and performing affiliations to Bard College Music Program, Bard Conservatory, and the Preparatory Division of Bard Conservatory.

Typically comprised of talented student musicians from Bard Conservatory and Bard College, the Bard Baroque Ensemble features vocalists alongside string, wind, brass, and percussion soloists.  In weekly rehearsals, ensemble members learn various historical performance practices, expressive principles, and improvisatory techniques, which are then incorporated into the their musical interpretations. The ensemble’s repertoire spans an impressive gamut: From chamber sonatas and orchestral suites, to madrigals, cantatas, oratorios, and even Renaissance dance music. Recent showcase performances have included J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and Musical Offering, G. F. Handel’s Esther, and A. Corelli’s concerti grossi.

For more information: Contact Prof. Alexander Bonus at abonus@bard.edu.

Alexander Bonus, Director

Alexander Bonus is the Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, where he founded and directs the Bard Baroque Ensemble. His role at the college also extends to the teaching of music history, theory, and performance practice courses. As an active professional keyboard continuo and brass player, Alexander has performed with ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Folger Consort, Tragicomedia, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and the Newberry Consort. Dr. Bonus holds a PhD in Musicology from Case Western Reserve University as well as MM and BM degrees from the Eastman School of Music. His scholarship appears in Current Musicology, Oxford Handbooks Online, the new edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. In recent years he has presented lectures about musical time and performance practices at academic conferences across Europe and America. Dr. Bonus speaks as an invited lecturer at the Making Time in Music conference at the University of Oxford in September.  This autumn, he makes his New York City conducting debut with OperaRox in their new production of Handel’s Alcina.

Bard Baroque Ensemble Players – June 4, 2016

Kathryn Aldous, Alice Poulson, Violins
Aurora Manuel, Anastasia Solberg, Violas
Andrew Borkowski, cello; Cathryn Gaylord, Bassoon
Stephen Hammer, Sarah Davol, Oboes
David Posner, Lucas Workman, Horns
Jens Larsen, Trumpet
Alexander Bonus, Director, Continuo