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ENSEMBLE FOR BAROQUE MUSIC

“Sophisticated and Beguiling”

-THE NEW YORK TIMES

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About       

Hailed by the New York Times as “Sophisticated and Beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making," the award-winning, New York-based ensemble, REBEL (pronounced “Re-BEL”) is one of North America’s top-tier ensembles specializing in 17th- & 18th-century repertoire performed on period instruments. 

 

Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747), REBEL was formed in The Netherlands in 1991; that same year the ensemble took first prize in the Van Wassenaer International Competition in Utrecht and gave their critically-acclaimed American début in New York City in 1992.  Since then the ensemble has garnered an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences with their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to the baroque and classical repertoire. The core formation of two violins, recorder/traverso, cello/ viola da gamba and harpsichord/ organ/ fortepiano expands with additional strings, winds, brass, theorbo and vocalists, as needed.

 

Arguably the most aired American baroque ensemble in the U.S. today, REBEL is regularly featured on the nationally syndicated shows Performance Today and Sunday Baroque, and has appeared several times on MPR’s St. Paul Sunday. REBEL remains the only period instrument ensemble ever to have been awarded an artists’ residency at National Public Radio, has been featured on BBC’s Radio 3 and has recorded over twenty CDs on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Dorian, Sono Luminus, ATMA, Hänssler Classic and Bridge Records.

 

Highlights of the 2019-‘20 season include engagements in New York State, Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts, with artist residencies at  Michigan State University and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and collaborations with soprano Yulia Van Doren as well as baroque dancers Thomas Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess.  www.rebelbaroque.com

‘Fiery, alive and beautifully controlled”
-THE WASHINGTON POST
 
 

Musicians

 

in the Press

‘The world of baroque music is a volatile, action-packed place, rife with subversive ideas and hard-driving players… one of the best groups is REBEL, whose playing— fiery, alive and beautifully controlled— made the evening.”

-THE WASHINGTON POST

“a state of the art early music ensemble”

-THE BOSTON GLOBE

"imagination and intensity"

-STAR TRIBUNE, St. Paul

 

“astonishingly vital music-making”

-THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

“splendid, intelligent artistry”

-KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

 

“effortless, self-assured, gripping playing”

-TOCCATA MAGAZINE, Germany

“flawless performance…brilliant virtuosity…mesmerizing”

-SCHENECTADY GAZETTE

“exuberant panache and jaw-dropping virtuosity”

-KANSAS CITY STAR

 

“a vigorous interchange of ideas taking place in a tightly-synchronized ensemble”

-SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

 

“svelte and vibrant”

-HOUSTON CHRONICLE

“breathtakingly expressive... a feast for the ear”

 -DE TUBANTIA (Enschede, The Netherlands)

“[REBEL’s] distinctive, very active approach to this music was readily apparent... this flamboyant, interventionist style emboldened all the music on the program with accent and color. Add utterly fearless, risk-everything playing to the mix... and you get astonishingly vital music-making”

-THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“vitality and enthusiasm...virtuosity and joy”

-PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

 

What We Offer

"REBEL represents the best of today's early music scene: clever, compelling programming, virtuosic, playful and at the same time emotionally moving performances, as well as organic connection to the audience. One of the best and really well-attended concerts we presented in the last five years.”

 

                                                                                      —Peter Sirotin, artistic director, Market Square Concerts, Harrisburg, PA

                                                                                                            (concert on October 1, 2016)

COMPELLING PERFORMANCES

 

Each audience, large or small, deserves to hear great music played at the highest level of engagement, and REBEL takes great pride in presenting world class performances that take the listener on a transcendent journey. Programs are crafted with great care and attention to detail, with music by composers both known and obscure, offering audiences a chance to experience a vibrantly fresh approach to familiar repertoire, while making new and exciting musical discoveries. 

EDUCATIONAL & COMMUNITY OUTREACH

 

We believe that classical music should be part of everyone's education and experience, and to this end we offer lecture demonstrations custom-tailored to every age group and circumstance. Equally at home performing at schools, libraries, homeless shelters, hospitals, senior homes, churches and concert halls, we welcome all opportunities to share our passion for music with everyone.

GLORIOUS MUSIC

 

The repertoire we play— 17th- & 18th-century music — is colorful, dynamic, affecting and beautiful. This span of music encompasses the Baroque, Rococo and Classical periods, from before Bach to after Mozart and Haydn. Whether it be at an early music festival or a traditional chamber music series, our programs are universally met with great enthusiasm and delight.

IN-DEPTH TEACHING

REBEL takes great pleasure in working with students, professionals and amateurs of all levels, on modern instruments as well as their baroque counterparts. For more information on our residency activities, please click here:

 

MASTERCLASSES & RESIDENCIES

"REBEL returned to our festival this summer and presented one of our finest concerts in recent memory. There are many terrific American groups presenting baroque music but what sets this ensemble apart is not only their over-the-top virtuosity but the passion they bring to the music. It was a uniquely exhilarating performance and afterwards both audience and board members approached me about having them back!”

 

— Mark Cudek, artistic director

Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Indianapolis, IN

(concert on July 9, 2017)

Kingston, Rhode Island

"The Newburgh Chamber Music audience was absolutely enthralled with the beautiful and energetic performances of REBEL. The variety of musical moods and styles delighted our [traditional] classical audience as well as those who came specifically for early music.”

 

                                                        - Carole Cowan, artistic director, Newburgh Chamber Music Society, Newburgh, NY

“svelte and vibrant”

-HOUSTON CHRONICLE

BIO

 

Hailed by the New York Times as “sophisticated and beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making," the award-winning, New York-based ensemble, REBEL (pronounced “Re-BEL”) is one of North America's top-tier ensembles specializing in 17th- & 18th-century repertoire performed on period instruments. Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747), REBEL was formed in The Netherlands in 1991; that same year the ensemble took first prize in the International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht, succeeded by their sensational début on the world stage at the Holland Festival Oude Muziek and their critically-acclaimed American début in New York City in 1992. Since then the ensemble has garnered an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences with their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to baroque and classical repertoire. The core formation of two violins, recorder/traverso, cello/viola da gamba, and harpsichord/organ/fortepiano expands in a variety of formations with additional strings, winds, brass, theorbo and vocalists, as needed. 

 

REBEL, through its long-term residency from 1997-2009 at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City, achieved high acclaim for its collaborations with Trinity Choir in performance, radio broadcasts, webcasts and recordings with works ranging from the cantatas of Bach to large scale works by Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Purcell, Mozart and Haydn. An 8-CD set of the complete masses of Haydn was released in 2009 on the Naxos label. The REBEL Baroque Orchestra first gained worldwide recognition for its acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Requiem with Trinity Choir under the direction of Dr. Owen Burdick, broadcast nationally over National Public Radio in September 2001, and for its subsequent annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and the choral works of Haydn, which were broadcast live over WQXR-FM in New York City and internationally over the internet. Currently the RBO enjoys collaborations with various choirs including the Westchester Oratorio Society and the Central City Chorus in New York City.

 

REBEL has performed at prestigious festivals and venues in Europe, including the Holland Festival Oude Muziek, Tage Alter Musik Berlin, the Konzerthaus (Vienna), La Chapelle Royale (Versailles), Internationale Festtage für Alte Musik Stuttgart, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Les Luminères Festival (Helsinki), the Händel Festspiele Halle and the Göttingen- Handel Festival in Germany, amongst others. In the U.S., REBEL has been presented in thirty-eight states at distinguished venues including the Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), the Schubert Club (St. Paul), Friends of Music (Kansas City), Spivey Hall (Atlanta), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD), Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), Caramoor (Katonah, NY) Chautauqua Institution, Stanford Lively Arts, University of Chicago Presents, Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg, PA), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the early music festivals of Boston and Berkeley and Music Before 1800 in New York City.

 

REBEL has collaborated with renowned vocalists Max von Egmond, Derek Lee Ragin, Suzie Le Blanc, Daniel Taylor, Marta Almajano, Peter Kooy, Barbara Schlick, Yulia Van Doren and Rufus Müller; in 2005 REBEL gave its Carnegie Hall début with Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall to high acclaim. The ensemble has recorded for all the major European national radio networks and has been showcased in performance and interview on BBC’s Radio 3. Arguably the most aired American baroque ensemble in the U.S. today, REBEL is regularly featured on the nationally syndicated shows Performance Today and Sunday Baroque, and has appeared several times on Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday. REBEL remains the only period instrument ensemble ever to have been awarded an artists residency at National Public Radio. REBEL has recorded over twenty discs and can be heard on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, ATMA, Hänssler Classic, Dorian, Sono Luminus and Bridge Records.

 

REBEL Baroque Orchestra has enjoyed recent collaborations with the Susquehanna University Choir, the Schola of the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, the Central City Chorus in New York City, and The Thirteen in Washington, D.C.

 

Since 2013 the ensemble has been in residence at the venerable Downtown Music at Grace series in White Plains, N.Y. and maintains a self-produced concert series in Bedford, NY, now entering its twentieth season.

 

Highlights of the 2019-‘20 season include engagements in New York State, Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts, with artist residencies at Michigan State University and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and collaborations with soprano Yulia Van Doren as well as baroque dancers Thomas Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess.  www.rebelbaroque.com