Glorious Revolution

Early Music brought to you by Pleasure-loving Trouble-makers

Next week – Beautiful and Strange at Open Book and The Baroque Room!


APRIL 15, OPEN BOOK, Minneapolis
7:30pm, pre-concert talk with poet Anna George Meek
8:00pm, concert
$15 adults/$10 students, seniors, reduced price
Tickets may be purchased at the door

April 16, THE BAROQUE ROOM, St. Paul
7:30pm, concert
$15 adults/$10 students, seniors, reduced price
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door

There are thousands upon thousands of portraits of ‘Madonna and child’, but Parmigianino’s  ‘Madonna with the long neck’ is easily near the top of my best-of religious paintings of all time. That giant baby, that way-too-long neck, and that awkwardly placed, spray-tanned guy in the background. It’s so delightfully and beautifully weird, and all the transgressions from balance and realism suggest some sort of coded message between the artist and the viewer, not unlike David Lynch’s otherworldly characters in Twin Peaks.

In the spirit of the beautifully strange, next week, we’ve put together a program of madrigals and sonatas by composers such as Carlo Gesualdo, Luca Marenzio, Giaches de Wert, Barbara Strozzi, and – of course – Monteverdi. My personal goal is to make you feel like you’re looking at the ‘Madonna with the long neck’. More soon!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

We’ve got Messiah, and we’ll be standing 5 ft away from you

Here we go! Two weeks until our biggest project yet – a fully period-instrument, unconducted chamber Messiah. OK, we know we’re anticipating Easter, but we’ve got to snag majorly awesome players, such wicked Baroque trumpet master Kris Kwapis, when we can get ’em. And though Messiah has become an inseparable part of the glitz and holy glamor of Christmas, it is in fact the Easter-related choruses that are perhaps the best known parts of the piece – so you’ll have to come and judge for yourselves.

Glorious Revolution, in collaboration with Flying Forms, is joined by a chorus of guest singers who will knock your socks off.

Linh Kauffman, Angie Grundstad, Carrie Henneman Shaw – sopranos
Clara Osowski, Linda Kachelmeier, Kayleigh Butcher – altos
Roy Heilman, Gary Ruschman, Nathan Bird – tenors
Tim Takach, Jake Endres, John McDaris – basses

For all the information that you need about our March 18-20 run at the Baroque Room, visit for tickets and times.

More info to come!

We’re back in full force in 2016 with two great big shows: Handel’s Messiah with Flying Forms AND a major project of Italian Mannerist music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque, featuring 6 singers and 6 instruments, supported by the Metropolitan Regional Art Council.

But this OCTOBER, we’re excited to join the first ever St. Paul Classical Music Crawl, a Knight Challenge winning project! We’ll be at the Baroque Room from noon to 2pm with Handel, Luzzaschi, Monteverdi and more.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1573

During the Classical Music Crawl, ensembles perform 15-minute blocks of music in a variety of venues, including small spaces such as The Baroque Room and spaces with cathedral-like acoustics such as Union Depot.

Another cool element of the Crawl is that you can register for guided tours led by personalities from Minnesota Public Radio. For details about the tours, visit the Crawl website to register.

And you can hear early music throughout the day, including:

*Apollo Master Chorale
*Lyra Baroque Orchestra
*Cerulean Fire
*Bach Society of Minnesota
*Consortium Carissimi

Hope to see you there!!

Monteverdi madrigals at The Baroque Room

Sunday, May 3, 2015 *7:30PM

*****The Baroque Room season brochure originally advertised this concert at a different time. Please note: we start at 7:30PM

Who wants to hear Carrie, Angie, and Clara sing trios? How about Nick and Andrew singing duets? Well, we’ve got duets, trios, AND madrigals for 5 and 6 voices coming up!!

Angela Grundstand and Carrie Henneman Shaw, sopranos
*David Echelard and Clara Osowski, mystery middle voices
Nicholas Chalmers and Roy Heilman, tenors
Andrew Kane, no label can contain this creature
*John McDaris, bass

* – Glorious Revolution Baroque debut!

Oh – did I forget to mention DAVID DOUGLASS is back to teach us the Zen of early Italian Baroque style?

David Douglass and Miriam Scholz-Carlson, baroque violins
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello
Tami Morse, harpsichord

I’d say ‘we can’t wait’, but just over a week away, so not much waiting needed!!

Germany through the Baroque: Biber, Buxtehude, Bach

Coming in February 2015!!

Glorious Revolution welcomes guest players Joseph Jones (baroque bassoon), Tulio Rondón (baroque cello), and singers Linda Kachelmeier, Nicholas Chalmers, and Andrew Kane, for a program of German Baroque music.

Featuring: G Major toccata for solo keyboard, Biber Passacaglia in D minor for solo violin, and Bach Violin sonata in A major, and Bach’s cantata 150 “Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich”.

Sunday, February 22 *3:00pm
Tickets $15/$10

For tickets, visit The Baroque Room website.

May 17 *8PM – More Duelling Instruments

Gabriel Shuford

Guest soloist Gabriel Shuford, Arharpsichord

May 17 *8PM at the Baroque Room
Tickets $15/$10

Following up on our two violin program, we have a concert of music for *two harpsichords*, featuring GloRev harpsichordist Tami Morse and guest artist Gabriel Shuford.

New York-based Gabriel Shuford is proficient in a wide range of styles, from historical performance, to concert music of the 21st century, to jazz and blues. He performs throughout North America and abroad, and is the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 Baron Prize from Stony Brook University, and top-prize at the 2007 Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition.

Our program will include BACH Concerti for two harpsichords in C Major and C Minor, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and BOCCHERINI Concerto for cello in D Major 

Gabriel Shuford and Tami Morse, harpsichord
John West, recorder
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano
Miriam Scholz-Carlson and Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello

April 12 *8PM at the Baroque Room — Crossbows rescheduled

We’re happy to announce that Crossbows, Italy and Germany Baroque music for two violins, with guest violinist David Douglass, has been rescheduled for April 12.

Here’s a preview of the program!

Ciaconna Giovanni, Felice Sances (ca. 1600-1679)
La Ciaconna, Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665)

Passacaglia, Biagio Marini (1594-1663)
Canciona la preciosa, Andrea Falconieri (1586–1656)

Toccata VII from Book II, Girolamo Alessandro Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
La Folia, Michel Faronell (c. 1687), arr. David Douglass (2010)


L’Appiana, Merula
La Ruggiera, Merula

La Bergamesca. Marco Uccellini (1603-1680)

Sonata #4, Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684)

Sonata #4, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623-1680)

Mystery Sonata #1, The Annunciation, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber von Biber (1644-1704

Die Frohlichkeit acht’ keinen Neid, Adam Krieger (1634-1666)
Ihr bleibet nicht Bestand verpflicht’, Krieger
Rinckauer Wein der schmeckt recht rein, Krieger

Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano


Our violin program scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to travel disruptions. We’re working on a new date and will announce it here and on Facebook as soon as possible.

Thanks for your support!

Next UP!

Saturday, January 11, 2014 *8PM
The Baroque Room, St. Paul
$15/$10 – Adults/senior & students
Tickets available at


Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano
David Douglass and Miriam Scholz-Carlson, baroque violins
Tami Morse, harpsichord
Tulio Rondon, viola da gamba

Renowned violinist David Douglass joins Glorious Revolution for a concert of some of the earliest music written specifically for the violin. These works give a sense of the emergence of virtuosic violin playing in the different styles of countries across Europe and include Sances, Merula, Marini, Falconieri, Faronell, Uccellini, Rosenmüller, Schmelzer, Biber, with songs by Adam Krieger.

Tickets for March 8 and 9 concerts

For those of you who have recently attempted to buy advance tickets for the Friday night show at the Baroque Room, they are experiencing a technical problem, so the ticket-buying site is down.

If you *really* want to request tickets in advance, e-mail Carrie at, and I’ll add your name to the list. You’ll be able to pay at the door.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!!

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