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About Baroque
Music Montana

Baroque Music Montana specializes in chamber music inspired by history. Baroque Music Montana performs works by celebrated composers of the Baroque, as well as many pieces rarely or not heard since the eighteenth century. Some manuscripts are readily available in digital archives, and some require a great deal of sleuthing to unearth. BaMM’s musician roster rotates based on desired instrumentation for repertoire performed in intimate spaces similar to which the music was originally intended, and often on period instruments. Using historical instruments and referencing original manuscripts, iconography, and historical writing fuels commitment to the music and inspires fresh interpretation. Rather than recreating something old, the aim is to make each performance of this day, of this space, existing because of these musicians and this audience.

Made possible through a grant from The Juilliard School’s Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, the umbrella of Baroque Music Montana was founded in 2015 by Carrie Krause to provide a meaningful cultural institution of intimate, communicative, progressive performance for our vibrant community. Based in Bozeman, it provides a performance platform for both local artists and visiting professionals who have deeply invested in fruitful historical performance. We partner with many organizations around the state to serve Montana through outreach, house, and public concerts, and an annual Period Performance Workshop sponsored by the Bozeman Symphony.

Enjoy this short video profile of Carrie Krause, made by the Bozeman Symphony in March 2021!

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Our Bozeman graphic designer, Matt Cameron, created the Bach Roads of Montana logo.  He was inspired by J.S. Bach’s initials, in his own hand. From “Manuscripts, Pens and Composers,” by Jeffrey Dane: In Bach’s day paper was relatively costly, and this may partly account for the economy of his musical notation, which in his large […]

We did set a record for Give Big!  With $3,000 in matching gifts, more than 30 donors raised $7,870 for Baroque Music Montana!  This was a 70% increase in number of donors and a whopping 250% increase in money raised over last year.  Many Thanks

Baroque Music

The Baroque Period in music was from 1600-1750, beginning with the dawn of opera in northern Italy and concluding with the death of Bach. The purpose of the music was to move the passions, an idea known as Affeckt.

Stylistic conventions of musical forms, ornamentation, and pitch, to name a few, varied greatly from region to region and decade to decade throughout Europe.

Welcome to our third official season of Baroque Music Montana!

No one could have predicted the turn of events that cut seasons short and shut down artistic performances across the nation. While the future remains uncertain, it is a gift to be a small and nimble organization.

Our website will be up to date regarding necessary adaptation, and BaMM will honor any ticketing refunds associated with Covid-19.

With a bit of risk and rework, BaMM was able to stage small, outdoor, and distanced concerts over the summer in backyards, porches, and parks in Columbus, Shephard, Helena, McLeod, and White Sulphur Springs, create streamed material in collaboration with the WMPAC and Bozeman Arts Live, and host our annual performance practice workshop on porches across Bozeman. Albeit distanced, it was so deeply satisfying to be with each other and share in music.

This season, we’re tremendously excited to make history with the first period instrument commercial recording created in Montana. Thanks to your tremendous support, our Kickstarter exceeded all expectation in reaching our goal in just 3 days! In preparing this program, we’ll visit new communities along the Hi-Line, and present this program safely in large resonant spaces. Early February sees the second installment of Youthful Splendor, featuring young musicians in the unique and valuable experience of leading an orchestra. Late March centers around the incredible Sara Levy, whom we credit with preserving so many beloved pieces in our repertoire today, and affords BaMM the coveted opportunity to play a brilliant Mendelssohn quartet! In late May and early June, a number of events celebrating J.S. Bach and our community will be staged across Gallatin Valley (possibly in celebration of a birthday). We are proud that Baroque Music Montana has been invited to record  an episode of Emmy winning PBS television show 11th and Grant, which will feature the haunting voice of a countertenor in a July tour. In August we feature my inspiration for picking up the baroque violin, Julie Andrijeski, with our annual workshop and Will You be My Valentini? Or The Little Ragamuffin, a light-hearted program tracing Corelli’s successor.

Looking ahead to 2021-22, we have another exciting slate of regular concert programs, a landmark recording hot off the press, plus anticipation of ambitious Mozartartian undertakings!

We hope you’ll join us, and thank you for your support.

Carrie Krause