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Boise Baroque Brings 16th-Century Style to Boise

Saturday, Feb. 4-Sunday, Feb. 5

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Treasure Valley music enthusiasts can experience the artistic style of 16th century Europe, without scouring for a wormhole or trying to craft a time machine. Boise Baroque Orchestra's weekend performances will take audience members back in time and also highlight a very special guest soloist.

An eclectic selection of instruments, ranging from strings to brass, comprises this unique orchestra. Together these musicians work to recreate a classical sound popular during one of the most artistically stimulating periods in history, one which produced legendary composers including Bach and Vivaldi.

BBO was organized in 2003 and is made up of a variety of accomplished musicians, many of whom studied at prestigious schools around the world and built impressive resumes. Members alternate their time between BBO and various other organizations in the area to keep their skills—and notes—sharp. BBO also brings in special guests on a regular basis, so veteran BBO audiences will constantly have something new to experience.

The orchestra's next concert will feature the highly regarded oboists Gonzalo X. Ruiz, a professor at the Juilliard School in New York. His accomplishments include a Grammy nomination in 2010 and a feature in the Wall Street Journal for his performance at Oregon's Bach festival.

"His style is perfectly suited for playing faster, lighter music and all the sounds characteristic of the baroque oboe," said Daniel Stern, BBO music director.

When Ruiz comes to Boise, audiences can expect oboe concerti by Vivaldi and Handel, along with a new rendition of Bach's second orchestral suite.

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