SHERIDAN, WY (April 2, 2018) Wyoming Baroque kicks off its three-city tour at Whitney Center for the Arts on Friday April 6 at 7 p.m. They will perform at MSU Bozeman and MSU Billings on April 7 and 8, respectively. Tickets for the Whitney Center for the Arts performance ($21/15/10) are available online at whitneyarts.org, at the WYO Theater box office and at the door the evening of the performance.

Composed of nationally acclaimed vocal and instrumental artists, the 8-member ensemble performs an historically informed 17th and 18th century repertoire as well as contemporary compositions using historic instruments. Vivaldi, Venice and Virtuosity is the theme for Wyoming Baroque’s April tour. They will perform A. Vivaldi: Concerto for Bassoon RV 497, in A minor, A. Vivaldi: Sonata No. 12 in D minor “La Follia”, RV 63, G. Cimador: Allegro from Concerto for Contrabasso a tre corda, and B. Marcello: Arianna Abbandonata, S. 98.

Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Sheridan College director of strings, is Wyoming Baroque’s music director and violone player, and Dr. Margaret Carpenter Haigh is Wyoming Baroque’s featured soprano. Martie Perry and Dr. David Wilson are on baroque violin, Dr. Marta Howard is on baroque viola, Barbara Krumdieck is on baroque cello, Dr. Keith Collins is on dulcian and Whitney Center for the Arts director, Dr. Erin Hanke, is on harpsichord.

“Baroque music is beautifully familiar, audience-friendly music. Many of these works are from the soundtrack of our lives — in movies, commercials and childhood music classes. Vivaldi’s La Folia is an excellent example of this,” said Hanke. “Wyoming Baroque uses historic instruments and original compositions to get at the heart of the musician’s intentions. During this performance, we will also unveil a new contemporary edition of Marcello’s Arianna Abbondonata’s original manuscript by Dr. Bergman. This is the first modern edition of this piece ever created and will be used by studying and performing musicians around the world.”

Bergman teaches double bass, composition and music history, and directs the Sheridan College Symphony Orchestra and Sheridan College Viol Consort. He formerly served as a professor of music history and ensemble director at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has performed as the principal double bassist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and the Mato Grosso Chamber Orchestra in Cuiabá, Brazil. Bergman earned his Doctor of Arts degree ​from George Mason University.

Haigh has performed with the Portland Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Oxford Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, among others. She earned her M.Mus in choral studies from University of Cambridge and a D.M.A. in historical performance practice from Case Western Reserve University.

Wyoming Baroque is currently in residence at Sheridan College and offers masterclasses at schools and community centers throughout the west, and is sponsored in part by the Sheridan Arts Council.

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