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Pittsburgh in the Round
January 23, 2017
Michael Beattie conducted, the orchestra being augmented by a few period instruments and players from Chatham Baroque.....The orchestra played smoothly and strongly throughout, a solid column of lovely sound that was a symphony in itself, without once drowning the powerfully voiced singers. 

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 17, 2016

"Chatham Baroque provided the core of the orchestra, and was supplemented by young string and wind players who have become expert in baroque style through study at Carnegie Mellon. The instrumental ensemble was world class, including Morales' harpsichord improvisations."

 

Cheering broke...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 16, 2016

Handel’s “Julius Caesar” is a baroque opera seria first performed in London in 1732, but there’s nothing musty or old-fashioned about Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s must-see Summerfest production that opened Friday evening in Winchester Thurston School’s Falk Auditorium. Taking a cue from (but...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 16, 2015

"The Winter's Tale," Quantum Theatre, Chatham Baroque, Attack Theatre (Sept. 16, Union Trust Building)

Three of the city's most adventurous groups in their respective art forms came together to produce a world-premiere opera...made up...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 21, 2015

"As self-confident as it is audacious, it is a remarkable creation to mark the 25th year of both Quantum and Chatham Baroque."

Rest assured, the most famous Shakespearean stage direction is fully honored: “Exit, pursued by a bear.”

Otherwise, Shakespeare is thoroughly, ambitiously...

Entertainment Central Pittsburgh
September 19, 2015

LSD is illegal and you don’t need to risk it. Just go see The Winter’s Tale. This Quantum Theatre presentation is hallucinogenic, hilarious, and, pardon the cliché, awesome.

Since the 1960s there have been many works of the performing arts that strive to be trippy. By comparison, The...

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 18, 2015

There are a number of labels you could use to describe Quantum Theatre's production of “The Winter's Tale” — an anniversary celebration, a collaboration of enormous complexity, an extraordinary leap of faith.

You also could distill it down to a single adjective: wondrous.

As you...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 18, 2015

During the intermission of “The Winter’s Tale,” two friends told me they were surprised: They hadn’t expected an opera.

And why should they? Quantum Theatre is staging the production, in collaboration with period instrument group Chatham Baroque and dance company Attack Theatre. In a Post...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 2, 2015

"Chatham Baroque’s rendition is an unusual and engaging theatrical experience, in large part due to the expressive, highly inflected singing of guest tenor Aaron Sheehan as Testo;... and colorful, precise playing by Chatham Baroque’s expert instrumentalists."

“The Battle of Tancredi and...

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 1, 2015

The combination of Chatham Baroque and the Ping vocal ensemble produced one of the most enjoyable and valuable concerts of the season April 30 at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Hill House Kaufmann Center in the Hill District. The program is devoted to the music of Claudio Monteverdi and...

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 25, 2015

"Conductor Michael Beattie led a performance that was brilliantly unified in baroque style and dramatic thrust. The orchestra featured guest artists Chatham Baroque, along with Mark Trawka on harpsichord. The remainder of the ensemble was drawn from Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, played as though...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 25, 2015

"The excellent early-music trio Chatham Baroque lent authenticity to the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, led by Michael Beattie..."

Producing Handel’s “Rodelinda” is no small feat.

The opera seria challenges vocalists to make the most elaborate trills, runs and leaps sound natural. When...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 9, 2015

In a month typically saturated with holiday-themed concerts, Chatham Baroque offered an alternative: “Fête Parisienne,” a French-inspired program performed the weekend before Christmas. I caught the second of the ensemble’s three performances, at Synod Hall in Oakland; the others took place at...

Early Music America Magazine
March 21, 2014

"On the evidence of this disc, the group is in a highly rewarding phase."

Bach and Before: Stylus Fantasticus Sonatas of Bach, Buxtehude, Biber, Schmelzer & Bertali
Chatham...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 18, 2013

4. Chatham Baroque (Synod Hall, Feb. 9):The local trio specializing in performance on historically accurate instruments presented an ingenious way of elucidating this: performing music that Thomas Jefferson held in his library at Monticello. While he didn't compose any of the music, he likely...

Nuvo: Indy's Alternative Voice
June 24, 2013

Many music lovers know that just about the time Symphony on the Prairie launches its summer season in Noblesville, the Festival Music Society of Indiana keeps downtown Indy active in featuring music from the past. On Friday the FMS began its 47th straight season of early music with an all-...

February 11, 2013

It's a shame that the established portrayal of Thomas Jefferson does not emphasize one of his greatest passions: music. Perhaps that should be a way to frame the battle against the continued de-emphasis and often dismissal of music education in American school districts. A founding father of...

December 23, 2012

Years ago, a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra official tried to sell me on publishing a separate Top 10 of the year for the PSO and another for everyone else. It bothered me then, but now I realize it was because of a misunderstanding of how I view this annual list. My conception is a list of...

December 19, 2011
There's fantastic playing and there's phantastic playing. Chatham Baroque offered both Saturday evening at Synod Hall.

Stylus Phantasticus is a lesser-known style of the baroque period. Whereas Bach, Handel and Telemann wrote music of complexity and order, composers such as Johann Schmelzer...

April 17, 2010

Saturday night’s Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music concert was of a different genre.

Normally it’s a string quartet or piano trio or such for a Friends’ event at the Abbott Gallery in the Sheldon Museum of Art.

On Saturday, it was Chatham Baroque.

The threesome performs...

February 22, 2010

A year may be a blink of an eye for a group that performs music written 400 years ago, but the last two have been crucial to Chatham Baroque. In 2008, it bid farewell to its longtime lead violinist Julie Andrijeski and then hired baroque violinist Andrew Fouts in her place. Mr. Fouts arrived...

Chatham Baroque is masterful... The ensemble plays with great tonal beauty and stands up to any ensemble from across the Atlantic.

Colorful virtuosity... Chatham Baroque gave zesty accounts of a group of Spanish dances.

...[M]usically impeccable.

... a splendid period-instruments ensemble...

Chatham Baroque is one of the most spectacularly gifted and innovative of all the groups in this American wave of talent.

Fouts is an extraordinary violinist who... not only blends seamlessly with his colleagues but is able to contribute goose bump-raising solos that can ignite both score and audience reaction.

These outstanding musicians achieve a full, rich, harmonious sound, playing with energy and finesse.

And it was all good.

...(D)elivered with technical flair and a lively sense of abandon... The performances are stunningly vibrant and inventive... I can't recommend this CD too highly. It's one of the best I've heard in a long time.

[Chatham Baroque's] performances are totally delightful, full of energy and feeling....

The playing of the Chatham Baroque ensemble, its continuo supplied by gamba and theorbo or guitar, is excellent and full of vitality."  GOLDBERG Magazine "Chatham Baroque rocks, dudes.

The performances are spirited and musical, with an energy sometimes missing from classical music performances.

This compelling exploration...not only is Chatham Baroque's best recording effort to date but also belongs in the ranks of the best early-music discs. The album is wholly enjoyable from beginning to end.

The dances in particular are played with real panache (try the infectious Jacaras to see what I mean).

...Stylistic, technically accomplished and musical....

This life-on-the-edge energy comes across on the disc; the ensemble members play like their lives depended on every note.

(Chatham Baroque) rocketed through settings of Scottish and Irish folk tunes, powered by the magnetic pull of their primeval rhythms and...untamable virtuosic fiddling....