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Help us finish our first CD: Handel on Baroque instruments with Julianne Baird. Funds will cover editing, mastering, and production.

The Dryden Ensemble, founded in 1994, is a not-for-profit professional chamber music group specializing in concerts of Baroque music from the 17th and 18th centuries. We need your support to complete our first CD project—an all-Handel recording featuring soprano Julianne Baird. The first stage—recording—is finished, but we need additional funds to complete the second stage: the final editing, mastering, and production of the CDs by Oasis Disc Manufacturing.


The program features arias from three early Handel operas—Rodrigo (1707), Agrippina (1709), and Rinaldo (1711)—as well as instrumental works—dances from Rodrigo and Il pastor fido, and the Concerto Grosso in F Major (Op.3, no.3).

Why Handel? This repertoire suits our ensemble of oboes, bassoon, and strings perfectly. We collaborate often with soprano Julianne Baird and we are continually inspired by her artistry. She has been hailed a “national artistic treasure” (New York Times) and as a “well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the Baroque." When you listen to the way she improvises her ornamentation, you will be awed by her "virtuosic vocal style which is firmly rooted in scholarship."

The instrumentalists - all well-known Baroque specialists throughout the Northeast - include Jane McKinley and Stephen Bard, oboes; Marilyn Boenau, bassoon; Rachel Evans, Vita Wallace, and Mark Zaki, violins; Jessica Troy, viola; Lisa Terry, violoncello; Motomi Igarashi, double bass; Charles Weaver, lute and theorbo; and Webb Wiggins, harpsichord. The recording engineer was Dongsok Shin.

Before the 1st stage, we raised funds to cover most of the costs—artists' fees, space rental, and recording engineer. At that time we promised that anyone who donated $250 or more would be listed as a sponsor in the CD booklet. We have kept that level the same for our Kickstarter project.

One last reminder: this Kickstarter project will not be funded unless we reach (or exceed) our goal of $5,000. Your credit card will not be charged unless we are successful. Please help us finish this wonderful project.

Meet the Dryden Ensemble! You’re invited to view a short documentary about the group made and donated by videographer Art Varga in January, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/drydenensemble#p/a/u/0/n8qEUfj8oOM

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