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About Ensemble Gaudior
Ensemble Gaudior is dedicated to performing masterpieces of chamber music from the Baroque and Classical eras, using instruments from those periods or careful modern copies. By presenting this repertoire to modern concert audiences, we hope to contribute to the process of moving our world toward greater harmony. (The name Gaudior is borrowed from the musical unicorn in Madeleine L¹Engle¹s book A Swiftly Tilting Planet, who time-travels through the universe joyfully harmonizing with the music of the stars and planets.) Founded in 2000 and based in the Washington D.C. area, the group is built around a core instrumentation of violin and basso continuo, but frequently collaborates with guest artists in order to allow a greater variety of repertoire.
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"Ensemble Gaudior also has a nice sense of energy, and I enjoy their nuanced performances of these works….a spirited and enthusiastic performance."--Fanfare Magazine, May 2013
"imaginative", "stylish", "expressive delicacy..."--Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
" Vigor and effusion…. MacCracken used her gorgeous violin to solid effect, helping bring color and shape to each score."
-- Daniel Ginsberg
My chief end in presenting these concerts can be summed up in J.S. Bach's motto "Soli Deo Gloria": to celebrate, glorify, and enjoy God forever, who included music among all the gifts of creation.