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.
Every two years, students perform well-crafted baroque concerti with an orchestra of Bozeman’s top professional musicians, including three rehearsals and a public concert on Baroque Music Montana’s concert series. To apply: Send an audition recording of your compete concerto or concerto movement with piano or bass line accompaniment. Recordings may be audio or video, and […]
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.
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