Andrew Fouts, baroque violin
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, theorbo
"a splendid period-instruments ensemble"
“[a] well-conceived and elegantly performed program.” Washington Post
"Colorful virtuosity...Chatham Baroque gave
zesty accounts of a group of Spanish dances." The New York Times
"a tour de force... a baroque gem." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“The playing was first rate... technically fleet and intensely
involved.” Houston Chronicle
"musicianship throughout the evening was top notch" The Buffalo News
"Chatham Baroque rocks, dude." San Antonio Express-News
"Chatham Baroque is one of the most
spectacularly gifted and innovative of all the groups in this American
wave of talent." CD Now
"Was that a funky blues chord
amid the splendor of Chatham Baroque's season opener? It was that and
more, as Saturday night's concert at Synod Hall signaled a decidedly
adventurous path" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[Chatham Baroque] jammed its way through a
program of Scottish music. It was a gem of a performance."
The Post and Courier, Charleston
"... even their quiet
playing is extremely well-projected. Indeed, this music is
well-served by being performed with such backbone... each section is
vividly characterized, yet one also gets a strong sense of the work as
whole, with each movement flowing inevitably into the next...Very
"This is well-performed, enjoyable music in a
one-hundred percent Latin American version." Goldberg Magazine
"Stylistic, technically accomplished, and
"Theorbo player Scott Pauley, is a brilliant
young artist ...Pauley showed a complete mastery of his long-necked
instrument, with particularly striking use of its deep bass notes."
The Washington Post
"...music of Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger showed off the group's natural dynamic and each member's
gifts. Pauley's sure-handed playing came to the forefront through the
multi-voiced lines and accelerating rhythms of the folklike "Colascione."
In the heavy-footed dance "Canario," Pauley then laid the foundation
for Halverson's earthy, exacting work, which in turn set up Fouts's
mellifluous sound and sensitive style." The Washington Post
period instrument ensemble Chatham Baroque, excites audiences with dazzling
technique and artful interpretation. The trio and their regular guest artists
have created a busy career on tour, on disc, and on their successful Pittsburgh
series. In performances
distinguished concert series from New York to Los Angeles and Montreal to Mexico
City, the ensemble is hailed as "spectacularly gifted" [CD Now] and as
"a splendid period-instruments ensemble" [Chicago
Long known as advocates for period performance, Chatham Baroque presents a broad
repertoire of programs ranging from Spanish to Sephardic to Baroque dance tunes,
from the popular Baroque classics to little-known masterworks. In addition to
performing as a trio, the ensemble often engages a diverse group of guest
artists, and has provided the core for larger works, including oratorios and
Among the group's eight recordings are the favorite Espanoleta and
Reel of Tulloch (on the Dorian Label) and Sweet Desire: Prothimia
suavissima sive sonatarum selectissimarum (Sono Luminus). Beyond the
recording studio and the concert stage, Chatham Baroque's exciting new
educational show "Catgut & Horsehair: A Tour of Europe" with featured actor, is
in demand for youth outreach programs during the group's tours.
Andrew Fouts, baroque violin,
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, and
Scott Pauley, theorbo -- along with special guest artists are a versatile and exciting band. Critics from coast to coast have penned the words "exciting",
"distinguished", "authentic", "fun" and "classy"
to describe their performances. The period instrument ensemble is comprised of virtuosos
devoted to historically informed performances of a wide range of
baroque repertoire who have earned the phrase "musically impeccable"
[The Washington Post].
The group has explored many
collaborations, including with the Pittsburgh Opera Center in presentation of
Francesco Cavalli's Ormindo, the latest of several exciting
collaborations in recent years.
Their engaging stage manner and well-crafted programs invite audiences into the
special worlds of baroque Spain and Latin America, the sounds of the Jewish
Diaspora, the Bohemian Rhapsody, and more. [Tour
Chatham Baroque’s varied
programming is regularly featured on American Public Media's Performance
Today. Ensemble-in-Residence at
Calvary Episcopal Church Chatham Baroque
was honored as
"Breakthrough Artist of the Year" by National Public Radio and NARM
(the National Association of Recording Merchandisers).