SUMMER 2021 VIRTUAL CONCERTS
ANNOUNCING: A BACH KEYBOARD EXTRAVAGANZA
An immersive harpsichord-organ recital experience co-produced by Ars Lyrica Houston and co-presented with
San Francisco Early Music Society. Premiere streaming: YouTube, Thursday, June 24, 7PM Pacific.
Featuring Matthew Dirst, harpsichord and organ & introduced by Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Followed by an 8PM Zoom Q&A social hour with the artists. FREE but donations are welcomed.
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Our Festival typically 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 typically 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 and encourage you to support them in turn.
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
Passing of Heather Goss, Past President: It is with both sadness and fond remembrance that we share news of the recent passing of Heather Goss, longtime supporter and past president of the Baroque Music Festival, CdM. Heather began as a subscriber in 1985 and then joined the Board of Directors in 1989, serving as Board President from 1991 through 1994 and, thereafter, remained on the BMF’s Advisory Board. Until her progressive illness prevented active participation, she attended the Festival regularly and was a loyal advertiser in our printed program—for both her catering business, Heather’s Affairs, and her treasured musical group, Vox Feminae. She often functioned in an unofficial consultative role in assisting the BMF in identification of new advertisers, event venues, and unique decorative items. During her term as President, the BMF flourished in terms of expanding concert offerings, enhancing venue features, pursuing commissioned work and, perhaps most notably, incorporating greater use of Baroque period instruments and technique into our performances. Heather’s enthusiasm, energy, artistic flair, and infectious laughter will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Read Orange County Register obituary here.