Professionals from across the country gather for Handel’s Messiah

It seems that not everybody who attends the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra’s concerts realizes what an outstanding range of unusually-skilled professional musicians perform with us. Accomplished specialists in Baroque performance are quite hard to find, and not even a huge metropolis like Atlanta, with several university music programs, has enough qualified musicians to fill all the parts in even a small Baroque chamber orchestra. Artistic Director Julie Andrijeski gathers the best musicians from all across our nation and sometimes overseas to perform in our concerts. Most of our musicians hold doctorates, and many are college professors at leading universities with special programs in Baroque and early music.

The number and instrumentation of musicians we use changes from concert to concert, depending on the pieces of chamber orchestra music that we select. For instance, from time to time we might need orchestra members or featured soloists on Baroque flute, recorder, bassoon, lute or theorbo, viola da gamba, singers, or even Baroque dancers.

This time around we are about to perform Handel’s Messiah on Friday and Sunday. I though I’d post the lineup of professional performers for these concerts, and tell you where each of them lives.

First Violins

Second Violins

  • Gesa Kordes, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (originally from Germany)
  • Martie Perry, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Ute Marks, Atlanta, Georgia (originally from Germany)

Violas

Cellos

  • Katherine Rietman, New York, New York
  • David Ellis, Cleveland, Ohio

Bass

Oboes

Trumpets

  • Barry Bauguess, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Rick Murrell, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Harpsichord

  • Webb Wiggins, Oberlin, Ohio

Organ

Timpani

  • Charles Settle, Atlanta, Georgia

Vocal Soloists

As you can see, it takes a lot of resources and determination to bring together the best musicians from around the country to fill out the roster and join with the small number of true Baroque experts we have living here in Atlanta. But it’s the only way to give Atlanta the best in historically-informed Baroque music. That’s what the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra has been committed to doing since 1998. Join us at our concerts. If you love the music as much as we do, you might consider getting involved as a patron, a volunteer, or on our Board of Directors.