So what does “early music” mean to you?

“I will tell you, I sometimes have trouble with the term early music,” said Ruben Valenzuela, founder and music director of the Bach Collegium San Diego, “because I know it sets up a barrier for people. They think of early music as something that is staid and old-fashioned. Why would you even bother with it?”

Fortunately, Valenzuela, whose ensemble composed of period instruments and singers opens its 13th season

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