A New Baroque Orchestra in New Jersey

Pictured, from left to right: Jimmy Drancsak, Alyssa Campbell, Rafa Prendergast, Susannah Foster, Carmen Johnson Pájaro, Lydia Becker, Alice M. Chuaqui Baldwin, Charlie Reed, and Jonathan Luik.

New Jersey now has its own professional period-instrument orchestra. Founded and led by harpsichordist Alice M. Chuaqui Baldwin, La forza delle stelle | Baroque Orchestra is based in Montclair, NJ, and had its first concert in August of this year. The orchestra—which is named after a serenata by Alessandro Stradella—is made up of graduates from a number of the nation’s top music schools, including Juilliard, Eastman, and Indiana University. Performances from their first concert can be found on their YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/@laforzadellestelle, including a performance of Corelli’s Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 1: 

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