Coffee with Garry Clarke



I’ve been in Chicago this week for a series of rehearsals and concerts.

No visit to the city would be complete without having coffee with Garry Clarke (pictured), director and founder of the Baroque Band, which is exactly what I did this morning.

Inevitably, the conversation was dominated by talk of the Early Music business, our current (and future) projects, the Chicago music scene, and Baroque Band’s continual growth and prosperity.

I was delighted to hear that both Garry and the ensemble have a full schedule—concert, education, and recording projects. As for latter, Baroque Band recently went back into the studio to record overtures by Maurice Greene, due out in the not-too-distant-future on the Cedille label. Their latest CD of Heinrich Biber‘s Mensa Sonora received much praise in the press.

In May, the Band will announce next season’s programs, all details kept top secret for now, except one—the 2011-2012 season will mark their 5th anniversary.

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