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L’Esprit Baroque performs rarely-heard Baroque cantatas and chamber music for voices and period instruments in California and beyond. Our mission is to bring the amazing music of the Baroque era, and historical performance practice, to audiences in Orange County.

What a great concert! Beautiful repertoire (so much of which rarely sees the light of day) and so elegantly performed. I loved the travelogue effect as you led us on our “Giro d’Italia.” It was a real treat. Grazie!

Bruce Bales, DMA

Our core members are Elysha Massatt, soprano, Sarah Vay Kerns, baroque flute, Sylvia Schwartz, baroque violin, John Ott, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Janice Massatt, harpsichord and organ. We started playing together in 2013, as part of the Massatt family’s home concerts. Since then we have performed over 20 concerts, featuring different programs centering around the music of the Baroque era.  We frequently invite other musicians to sing and play with us, so we can perform a wider variety of repertoire. We love bringing to life the sacred and secular cantatas that combine voices with instruments, not just as accompaniment but as additional soloists, and we also love exploring the multitude of solo and trio sonatas that have been composed during this era. All of us are passionate and excited about this repertoire, and we have enough music in the planning and rehearsal process to fill up many more concerts!

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Please note donations are not tax-deductible at this time.

L’Esprit Baroque would like to thank photographer Eli Zaturanski for his beautiful photos.

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Wish to support our work? L’Esprit Baroque is planning an ambitious concert season with a Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2019 and a return to the Berkeley Early Music Festival the following year. We will also continue our performances in Placentia and Berkeley as well as house concerts that bring us back to our beginnings. If you would like to donate, or discuss underwriting for one of these events, please let us know.

Donate via PayPal:
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Please note donations are not tax-deductible at this time.


We are so grateful to the members of our community who helped flutist Sarah Vay Kerns purchase her original 1785 Potter flute. Our string players are now fundraising to purchase career-quality instruments. Our violinist, Sylvia, is currently fundraising here:
Finding a Voice

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Photo Credit: Scott McGregor

Our cellist, John Ott, invested in a new viola da gamba bow in June 2018 and is now fundraising for a Baroque cello.

If you would like to support these efforts by donating, hosting a house concert, or connecting us to other potential donors, please let us know.

 

L’Esprit Baroque would like to thank photographer Eli Zaturanski for his beautiful photos.