Nota Bene Baroque Players
When I first moved to KW in 1999 I felt immediately at home as a musician and could not believe what a vibrant music community I had lucked into! In 2014 it’s still true and it is really exciting to be given the opportunity to bring my favourite type of music to anyone who wants to listen - and to some of those who did not even know that they were Baroque music fans! NBBP is a pocket sized ensemble dedicated to bringing the incredible wealth and range of Baroque music played on period instruments to the KW community. Our tiny size gives us portability and flexibility, two hallmarks of the upcoming season.
As I move into my role as AD I would like to thank the outgoing AD, Borys Medicky, for his many years of hard work. The board, musicians and NBBP audience have all appreciated his encyclopedic knowledge, his thoughtful programming, and his musicianship. I am so pleased that he will continue on as a very important part of the group.
Last season saw a lot of growth and I plan to see it continue. The 2014-2015 season promises to be an even busier one than last. We are delighted to present our regular three concert season at the Registry Theatre. In addition to this regular season, we have planned a number of exciting collaborations. The NBBP Mentorship Program will continue for a second year, in conjunction with Wilfrid Laurier University. As well, the recently launched outreach program NBBP: The Lumina Project will continue to bring Baroque music to members of the community that are unable to attend our regular concerts. Howard Dyck will repeat the immensely popular Palm Sunday Messiah, with a community sing-along the previous day (start practising!) In December, Howard will also lead the NBBPlayers and NBBSingers in an all-Bach program, Christmas in Leipzig, featuring singers who either live in KW or trained here before pursuing international careers. Lastly, speaking of Bach, stay tuned for Bach All Around Us (our city's version of BachInTheSubways.com ) on our favourite composer’s 350th birthday next March 21st, all day long and all over KW.
I am very excited about this hugely varied upcoming season, and hope to see you and your friends at some (or all!) of our concerts.
NBBP Artistic Director
Dear Friends, July, 2014
It’s time to celebrate as we approach a new season with the Nota Bene Baroque Players. The continuing Mentorship Program will feature horn & vocal students from WLU; the Lumina Project will continue to deliver music to shut-ins throughout the year, and Choral Concerts with Howard Dyck will present Bach in December and Handel in March, 2015.
Julie Baumgartel, our new Artistic Director, has taken over from Borys Medicki who graciously stepped aside while pursuing his involvement with Opera Atelier in Versailles and Tafelmusik in Toronto. We deeply appreciate Borys’ long term commitment to NBBP and we are grateful that he will continue with us as harpsichordist.
Doug Roberts, a newcomer to the Board, has replaced Brian McLean who finished a very supportive role as Director of Marketing. We have benefited greatly from Brian’s expertise in grant writing and his knowledge of constitutional details. Continuing Directors include Secretary - Deborah Wills, Vice Chair and Executive Member - Ray McLenaghan, Legal Advisor - Phil Hiebert, and Marc Pare - our Treasurer, General Manager and Website Guru and Executive Member all-in-one. We are currently seeking new Board Directors to take some weight off Marc’s shoulders and to replace yours truly as I shall be retiring in 2015 after completing my sixth year as Chair.
Our opening concert at The Registry Theatre features “Ships in the Night - Handel and Vivaldi” with players from Stratford. The remaining two concerts at the Registry are “La Serinissima” curated by Valery Sylvester and Sheila Smyth and “For Two to Play” curated by Borys Medicky with Cynthia Hiebert, guest harpsichordist.
Outreach concerts take NBBP to Kincardine in August and to New Hamburg in September. Free Noon Concerts are offered at St Andrew’s Presbyterian and WLU in September. By joining our online Newsletter you can stay informed about all dates and locations.
Fund-raising opportunities will be announced on our web site. I hope you can join us as we celebrate a rich diversity of programs and Baroque composers.
Boyd McDonald, Chair
Nota Bene Baroque Players