40th Annual Season: June 21-28, 2020 cancellation due to COVID-19:
Regrettably the 40th Baroque Music Festival in June 2020 was cancelled. We marked four decades during our regular Festival week with a small virtual Festival, featuring artistic director Elizabeth Blumenstock and colleagues. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive future event notifications from us, please join here. You may also wish to donate to our Musicians’ Fund to help our performers and ensure the future of the Festival into its fifth decade.
Welcome to the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar: an annual celebration of Baroque music held in Orange County, California.
A special message from our artistic director, Elizabeth Blumenstock:
Warm greetings to all our wonderful Festival family! I’m missing you already, and mourning the sad loss of our opportunity to celebrate 40 years of the Baroque Music Festival with you in June. That said, I am terrifically heartened by the Board’s supportive response to the Festival’s performers, and by its enthusiastic commitment to bounding back into musical action once this pandemic passes from threat to memory. I look forward to communing with Bach, Handel, Purcell and all of you in a happier and safer time.
Our Festival offers five professional concerts over eight days every June. We enjoy the talents of extraordinary musicians playing Baroque instruments, and of singers who are sensitive to historical styles, performing in intimate venues in Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.
The Festival’s mission is to present the astounding wealth and diversity of the Baroque era in a wide variety of ways. Large-scale works, with and without singers, are offered on our Sunday concerts, while our three mid-week programs give the opportunity to enjoy smaller scale vocal and chamber performances, all given by the finest musicians in the historically informed Baroque field.
We are proud to be a community festival and welcome you to our community. We offer the chance to socialize with our musicians over “wine and waters” following each of our concerts, and also take pride in our lovely and varied venues, which include the beautiful Sherman Gardens in the heart of Corona del Mar.
In addition to complete program and performer information, our printed program booklet each year features ads from many local businesses. We are enormously grateful to all of them for their generous support.
We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, whether for the hundredth or the very first time.
— Elizabeth Blumenstock, Artistic Director
and the Festival Board of Directors