John Moran and Risa Browder, Directors
Hailed as “technically polished, rich in color and refined nuances” by Tim Smith (Baltimore Sun, 28 January 2015), Baltimore Baroque Band is the baroque orchestra of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Playing side-by-side with their professors, students learn to play in a conductor-less large ensemble that combines the commitment and attentiveness of chamber music with the discipline of orchestral playing. BBB provides students valuable experience in HIP (historically informed performance), and has played a critical role in introducing many of these students, majors and non-majors alike, into the professional world of early music. Highlights from recent seasons include Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Peabody Opera, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Purcell’s Birthday Ode: Come Ye Sons of Art with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, and this year’s critically acclaimed performances with Peabody Opera of Charpentier’s Le mariage forcé and La descente d’Orphée aux enfers. Baltimore Baroque Band has collaborated with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Pro Musica Rara, the Washington Kantorei, and Cantate Chamber Singers.
Though BBB was only founded in fall of 2005 alums have played with Washington Bach Consort, Folger Consort, Bach Sinfonia, Tempesta di Mare, Academie, Hesperus, Harmonious Blacksmith, Corda Nova, Sonnambula, Juilliard 415, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (London), Oxford Baroque, among others.