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New Vintage Baroque to play Tahoe Donner, Reno and Incline

Lindsay McIntosh has come a long way since graduating from Truckee High School in 2002.

Her ensemble New Vintage Baroque was recently praised in The New York Times for its “buoyant pulse and appealing energy” and “thoughtfully conceived” programming.

Catch a New Vintage Baroque performance on July 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Donner Clubhouse as part of the Concert on the Green series, with free admission and a suggested donation of $20. The enemble will also give a student outreach performance July 2, 6:30 p.m. at River School Farm in Reno, Nev. and play July 3, 7 p.m. in Incline Village at The Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall.

After completing the Juilliard Historical Performance Program together, McIntosh and Francis Liu founded New Vintage Baroque, a vocal and instrumental ensemble that unites young musicians from the Juilliard program with top singers from the Boston and New York areas.

“Growing up in Truckee was like something out of a storybook, the unbelievably beautiful surroundings, a close-knit community and caring teachers were a perfect recipe for an aspiring young artist to blossom and grow,” said McIntosh. “I started preschool and graduated Truckee High with the same group of friends I have today. I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to bring my New York City-based baroque chamber group back to my hometown community…”

Lindsay attended Truckee Elementary School, Sierra Mountain Middle School and Truckee High School before completing her undergrad degree at CSU Stanislaus and then graduate school at Boston University and The Juilliard School.

McIntosh was kind enough to answer a few questions about her education and interests.

Were any of your teachers influential in helping you obtain your college or career goals?

I have had many wonderful and inspiring teachers along the way, but it was truly the love and support I had right from the beginning that propelled me into such a wonderful career as a musician. But if it wasn’t for Randy Humphreys, Dave Green and my amazing mother, Nanette Rondeau, I certainly would not be where I am today.

What inspired you to become a musician?

From the seventh grade on I knew I was going to be a professional oboist. After my first few performances with my very first honor band in eighth grade, something in me just knew this is what I was meant to do. As I got better, I was incredibly inspired by Bill Bennet, who was the principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony, and I looked to him and other principal oboists of major orchestras for inspiration throughout school.

What do you like most about your work?

What I love most is performing. Whether it’s an opera, symphony, chamber concert or solo concerto I truly love walking on that stage. I am so honored to create such an amazing and unique work of art each time I get to perform with my colleagues. The best part is the audience and being able to share this amazing experience with them, it’s out of this world and I love each and every moment.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to stay in New York City. Since the early music scene was so closely connected to the Juilliard Historical Performance program, I have already begun performing with local groups around the city and I will continue to perform all over the country.

As well as performing with the top groups in the city, I will be touring and performing with New Vintage Baroque. We have been lucky enough to enjoy enormous success since our debut this past September.

Anything you’d like to say to current TTUSD students?

Follow your heart and be open to new ideas; you never know where life will take you!

Provided to the Sun by Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.


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