Workshops/Festivals 2013

Workshops/Festivals 2013: (US) Clarion Collegium Week (CCW): Latin American Baroque (23-30 Apr 2013)

Contributed by admin on Apr 22, 2013

Master Classes
- Church of the Resurrection, 119 East 74th Street
Lectures – The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street
Concert - St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 116th and Amsterdam

"From April 23rd through 30th, 2013, the Clarion Society will host its sixth annual Clarion Collegium Week (CCW) of master classes for gifted young musicians.  Since 2008, CCW has assembled advanced music students and young professional musicians from around the country to be instructed in Baroque performance practice by some of the country’s foremost early music specialists.  This year’s curriculum will focus on the captivating, recently discovered Baroque repertoire from the Jesuit missions in Bolivia and throughout Latin America.

This year’s faculty includes Cynthia Roberts for Baroque Violin, Myron Lutzke for Baroque Cello, Anne Trout for Baroque Bass, and tenor Rufus Müller for Singing Baroque music.  In addition, the Week will include two lectures: world-renowned bassist Robert Nairn, who will describe Bolivia’s flowering Baroque movement and share his experiences as a member of Florilegium, the first contemporary ensemble to perform this long-lost music in the country where it was born, and Sebastián Zubieta, conductor, composer, and director of the Americas Society's Music Program, speaking on the expansion of the Baroque movement beyond Bolivia, in Peru, Brazil, and Mexico.

The CCW master classes will be presented at the Church of the Resurrection, with the lectures taking place at The Americas Society, according to the schedule below.  All classes and lectures are free and open to the public.  The week culminates in a free performance of music written in the Jesuit missions of Chiquitos and Moxos, Bolivia, in the 17th and 18th centuries.  These instrumental and choral works are exemplars of a style that melds the sophistication of the European Baroque with the fresh and distinctive traditional expressions of the region. Performed by members of the Clarion Orchestra who are leading the Week’s classes and by the choir for the Americas Society, Meridionalis, this concert will take place on April 30th at 6.00 pm at Columbia University’s St. Paul Chapel.



April 23

9.00 am




Robert Nairn




“Bolivian Baroque Rediscovered - An Extraordinary Journey”


April 25

9.00 am



Sebastián Zubieta



“String of Pearls: the Baroque Across the Americas”

5.00 pm

Anne Trout

Master Class in Baroque Bass

7.00 pm

Myron Lutzke

Master Class in Baroque Cello



April 26

5.00 pm



Cynthia Roberts



Master Class in Baroque Violin

7.00 pm

Rufus Müller

Master Class in Singing Baroque Music



April 30

6.00 pm

Concert of Bolivian Baroque Music

St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University

Members of the Clarion Orchestra and the Meridionalis Choir

Steven Fox and Sebastián Zubieta, conductors


Robert Nairn, bassist with the English Chamber Orchestra, Clarion Music Society, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Washington Bach Consort, London’s Florilegium, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, among many others.  Principle Bassist with the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart players, and the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston).

Sebastián Zubieta, composer and Director of the Music Program at the Americas Society, has taught at Yale Department of Music and School of Music and at many prominent universities in his native Argentina.  Guest conductor: the Yale International Singers, Yale Philharmonia, New Music New Haven, and NeitherMusic.

Anne Trout, has served as principal bass, toured and recorded with the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), the Boston Bach Ensemble, Boston Baroque, and Emmanuel Music, and worked with  conductors Roger Norrington, William Christie, Christopher Hogwood, and Robert Shaw, among others.  Faculties: Longy School of Music of Bard College, Groton School, Boston College.

Myron Lutzke is principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, Clarion Music Society, and American Classical Orchestra, and a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Mozartean Players, the Aulos Ensemble, Loma Mar Quartet, and the Bach Ensemble.  Faculties; SUNY-Purchase and Mannes College of Music.

Baroque violinist Cynthia Roberts has served as concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants, Clarion Music Society, Apollo's Fire, and Concert Royal, and has appeared with Tafelmusik and London Classical Players, Taverner Players and Smithsonian Chamber Players. She serves on the faculties of the University of North Texas and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute."

Prize-winning English tenor, Rufus Müller has worked under John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Gustav Leonhardt, Franz Brüggen, Ivan Fischer, René Jacobs, and Nicholas McGegan among other conductors.  He is widely recorded and has toured Europe, the US, Japan, and Puerto Rico in song recitals and oratorios.   He is Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College.

Steven Fox is Artistic Director of Clarion Music Society, Founder of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg (Russia), and guest conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society, Juilliard415, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Aston Magna Festival, among others. He has been Assistant Conductor at the Met Young Artists Program and a guest teacher at Dartmouth, Juilliard, and Yale.

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