Baroque band to perform
Dream Spirit Baroque Band will give a holiday concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Spirit Bookstore, 3045 Harrison Ave., near the SnoFlake Drive-In. The event is open to the public. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. The performance is a community event for the entire family, and children are welcome.
The band performs light-hearted music in a variety of styles from many different cultures and eras. Favorite holiday songs include “Carol of the Drums,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” In addition, they will perform selections from their traditional repertoire; classical, baroque, Celtic, Renaissance, middle eastern and folk chamber music from around the world.
The four local musicians play an original mix of instruments. Performers are Jack Shipley, hammer dulcimer (sounds like a harpsichord) and recorder; John Smart, guitar; Suzanne Stone, cello; and Diana Woodbury, violin. Their sound has been described as “hip” chamber music.
Listeners may be curious about the band’s unusual name. Why do they call themselves a “Baroque Band”? In early times, it was the custom for a group of string musicians to call themselves a band. Additionally, baroque is a style of classical music characterized by many flourishes and much ornamentation. This style is also characterized by many flourishes, which they enjoy.
Since they create all their own arrangements, they have taken the name Baroque Band. Dream Spirit is added because selections are chosen to represent the finest efforts of creativity.
The group has been together for four years. They have performed at local coffeehouses, art show openings, community events and public concerts as well as private parties, weddings and celebrations.
For more information call (530) 544-2244 or (530) 544-7036.