"Music is the universal language of mankind" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mission & Organization History
Our Mission is to provide exceptional performances and programs of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music to as many and diverse audiences as possible. We also make occasional forays into Modern and Traditional musics. Why? Because back in the day musicians played both classical and vernacular music and most of the music was newly composed. Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi didn't play Baroque music. They played modern music.
Grand Cru Baroque was founded by people who shared the same dedicated and progressive attitude towards performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. The goals we set for ourselves included questioning the traditional concept of historical performance practices, as well as the traditional concept of a public concert.
We make our programs accessible to the general public, while at the same time keep them stimulating to an audience of early music aficionados. We accomplish this with our pre-concert events, detailed program notes, and post-concert Q&A sessions.
Over the years our programs have included everything from intimate chamber music, orchestral music with concerto soloists, cross-genre concerts with traditional music players, sacred and secular music for chorus and orchestra, vocal a capella concerts, and staged baroque opera productions.
How it works
Baroque Northwest & Grand Cru Baroque
Baroque Northwest is the presenting organization for the Grand Cru Baroque ensemble. The organization also presents workshops directed by members of the ensemble and occasionally by visiting artists. We are not a presenting organization for other ensembles. We are, however, interested in learning about individual artists. Please feel free to send us URLs of your work.
Baroque Northwest is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your financial assistance will help us continue to present our distinctive approach to chamber music. Ticket sales make up less than 50% of our budget, and our recording projects are wholly dependent on your support. Your contribution is fully tax deductible, greatly appreciated, and helps to promote the arts in the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Invest in sonic art. Click the Support link at the top of the page to help us out. In-kind contributions are also greatly appreciated, as well as hands-on involvement. Please contact us for more information on how to become part of a down-to-earth, high-energy, dedicated organization. Thank you.
Recording Projects Redux
Our recording projects are found HERE Please support our endeavors by clicking on the highlighted link and make a tax-deductible contribution to the project of your choice. Think of your contribution as an investment in sonic art.