Season 2



 New Vintage Baroque presents Apocrypha

What happens when fate separates a work from its creator? What meaning is gained or lost from a piece devoid of a clear history? In chis concert, members of New Vintage Baroque wade into the ambiguous territory of anonymous, misattributed, and spurious works. Accompanying them on this journey will be the composing-singing-bards of Oracle Hysterical, writing companion pieces to the Passionate Pilgrim, an anonymous anthology of 20 poems once attributed to one 'W. Shakespeare." Featuring new works by Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Elliot Cole, and Majel Connery. 

Venues: The Whitebox Gallery and The Danner Loft New York, NY
Concert Dates: 8, 9 May 2015

Rinaldo with Boston Opera Collaborative 

Handel’s brilliant opera, performed in an action-packed 90 minutes. Following the resounding success of sold out season opener Les Lettres de Werther , Boston Opera Collaborative will present their second opera of the season, Handel’s Rinaldo , in collaboration with New York’s New Vintage Baroque ensemble. Rinaldo , which was performed more than any other opera during Handel’s lifetime, is a story about the conflict of war, love and personal desires vs. the greater glory. Rinaldo will be performed in Italian with English supertitles at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in a hall that is a one third size replica of Symphony Hall. With just 160 seats in this performing space, the audience will enjoy this tale of love, battle and redemption right in the midst of the action.

With this production, BOC continues its commitment to performing shorter works in intimate settings Rinaldo will be presented in just 90 minutes of dramatic and thrilling musical storytelling. Conductor Michael Sakir speaks about BOC’s exciting collaboration with New Vintage Baroque for Rinaldo: “ What drew me to NVB was their focus on theater and drama. They are unique among early music ensembles in that they fuse storytelling with the exciting and sublime music of the Baroque era. What better group to play one of Handel's most thrilling and beautiful operas?” Sakir also commented on the quality and focus of this new production: “ I'm personally very excited about BOC's RINALDO because this will be unlike any production of the opera seen before. BOC Artistic Directors Greg Smucker and PatriciaMaria Weinmann and I have truncated what was already a very exciting Handel opera and made it into an even tighter and more engaging 90minute production. ”

PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 26, 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 4:00 p.m.

VENUE Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 41 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Conductor: Michael Sakir

Directors: Greg Smucker and PatriciaMaria Weinmann

The orchestra, the New York-based New Vintage Baroque, numbers just nine, but on Thursday its graceful, songful playing, was a major element in the production’s success.

— The Boston Globe, March 29, 2015

Fated Lovers

Fated Lovers

How is it chat love can bring out the best and worst in us? Apollo, Dido, and even a planter from colonial Virginia all find their place in chis program of old and new music. New Vintage collaborates with Netherlands-based Damask Ensemble to bring you a program of tragedy, seduction, and unrequited love. Featuring the U.S. premiere of Virginiana by composer Gregory Spears alongside works by Purcell, Monteclair, Bohm, and Handel. 

Concert Dates United States: 26, 27, 28 February 2016

Venues: Bruno Walter Library, Times Center Auditorium and St. Luke’s in the Field Church New York, NY.


If Music Be the Food of Love Henry Purcell

I see, she flies me

What a Sad Fate is Mine

Mein Freund ist mein Georg Böhm

La mort de Didon Michel Pignolet de Montéclair 

Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122 George Frideric Handel 

Virginiana Gregory Spears




Lover, lecher, hero, or the ultimate con-man? There is no better way to start off a season of vice than by examining the greatest disciple of sensual pleasure! New Vintage follows the trail of broken hearts (and broken bottles), combining an evening of amorous escapades with music from Casanova's time. Past all of the charm and charisma, who is the man behind the mask? Featuring compositions by Couperin, Clement, Scarlatti, and new commissions by composers Doug Balliett and Elliot Cole.

Concert Date:  10 October 2015

Venue: The Greenwich Music House New York, NY.

Bacchus & the Banner

“Bacchus and the Banner”

The Library for the Performing Arts invited New Vintage Baroque the Bruno Walter Auditorium to help us celebrate the 200th birthday of our rare first-edition copy of the Star Spangled Banner. Here we provided a free outreach concert that informed and entertained audience members about the origins of the Star Spangled Banner and it’s connection with drinking songs and Bacchus, God of wine.  

Concert Date: 25 October 2014

Venue: The Bruno Walter Theater, New York Performing Arts Library, New York, NY


Anacreon in Heaven (1775/6) Music John Stafford Smith (1750–1836) Words Ralph Tomlinson (1744–1778) 

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)

Wine in a Morning (1684)

“Hail, immortalBacchus!” from Judith (1744)

Thomas Arne (1710–1778)

Arne Trio Sonata No. 2 in G major (1757)
i. Largo 2:08
ii. Con Spirito 3:57
iii. Largo 2:08
iv. Allegro 3:57

André Campra (1660–1744)

“Sous un feüillage épais—Liqueur enchanteresse” from Silène et Bacchus (1714) 

Star-Spangled Banner (first sheet music imprint), 1814

Lyric by Francis Scott Key (1779–1843)

Music by John Stafford Smith (1750–1836)

Arranged by Thomas Carr (d. 1849)