Grand Cru (great growth) is a classification of an entity’s potential to produce something superb. It also refers to any item of high quality, or the quality of a region or area.
Grand Cru Baroque was founded in 2008 by Kim Pineda to perform sublime and esoteric masterworks from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, on instruments peculiar to the period in which the music was composed. The ensemble was previously known as the Benevolent Order for Music of the Baroque/Baroque Northwest, from 1997-2008.
The ensemble presented by the Baroque Northwest 501(c)(3) organization is now known as Grand Cru Baroque. We are still the same organization, the only change is the name of the performing ensemble. Our name is not the only change. After sixteen years of a public concert subscription series we are changing our performance approach. We’ve adopted an 18th-century performance model, wherein our concerts will be presented after we have raised adequate funds for each project. We will still give public concerts in the Seattle area, as well as in Oregon, but our current focus is fundraising for recording projects and concerts based on each recording. We will also give concerts at various venues and series that hire us. We are formally soliciting contributions for a recording project.
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The core ensemble is Kim Pineda, transverse flutes and recorders and August Denhard, theorbo, lutes, Baroque guitar, and ‘Ūd. We are regularly assisted by performers of viola da gamba, Baroque cello, harpsichord, Baroque violin, lute/guitar, voice, percussion, and other wind instruments.
The ensemble, in diverse configurations, is available for concerts, workshops, masterclasses, and short-term residencies.
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