Type of Organization
Performing Ensemble, Education
It is the mission of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra to perform and promote music of the 17th and 18th centuries using period instruments and historically informed performance practices. We believe in enriching, educating, and inspiring the Indiana community and beyond by fostering connections between the past and the present.
Founded in 1997, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra is the only period orchestra of its kind in Indianapolis. The members of the group perform on instruments built between about 1600 and 1750, or replicas thereof, including instruments not in common use today, such as the theorbo, the violone, the sackbut, wooden one-keyed flutes, valveless trumpets, and the harpsichord. These practices allow audiences to hear pre-Classical music in performances modeled after events during the composers' lifetime.
The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra has been an ensemble in residence at the University of Indianapolis since 1999, and typically alternates between performing at UIndy and performing at the Indianapolis Historical Society. Through the last 24 seasons, we have developed partnerships with the Indianapolis Public Library, Eskenazi Health, Christ Church Cathedral, Second Presbyterian Church and the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy.
Our 2021-2022 season is comprised of five subscription concerts, several free community concerts, two new education programs, and a collaboration with the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Our education programs will be held at the Indianapolis Public Library and at Second Presbyterian Church, and are designed to introduce children to early instruments and repertoire.
The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra is led by General Manager Paulina Francisco, Artistic Director Barthold Kuijken, and Board President Rachel Gries.
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