Origins of Musical Ornamentation

November 28, 2007 (Wednesday) / 7:30 pm

St. Peter’s Church, 313 Pine Street, Philadelphia

Origins of Musical Ornamentation

Julianne Baird

Distinguished University Professor of Music
Rutgers University at Camden

Hailed as one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music today, soprano Julianne Baird is a revered performer and musicologist. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Tanglewood, and has over 125 recordings to her credit. Prof. Baird has the rare ability both to demonstrate the full range of the singer’s art and to explain it. Join us for this musical evening created especially for the Penn Humanities Forum on Origins.

With more than 125 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Dorian, and Newport Classics, Julianne Baird is one of the world’s ten most recorded classical artists. In addition to her major roles in a series of acclaimed recordings of Handel and Gluck operatic premieres, recent projects include a Carnegie performance of the lead role in La Giuditta of Alessandro Scarlatti with subsequent recording.

December 10, 2006, marks her debut in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, followed by performances of Messiah in Princeton and in Carnegie Hall. She recently recorded the Handel Deutsche Arien with Tempesta di Mare for Chandos to be released in 2007, and a new DVD of the music of Buxtehude has just been released by Lyrichord. Her new Christmas album “In Dulci Jubilo” (released July 2006) has been received to rave notices.

Called a “national artistic treasure” by the New York Times, and a peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque, soprano Julianne Baird possesses a natural musicianship that engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty. She maintains a busy concert and recording schedule of solo recitals and performances of baroque opera and oratorio.

Julianne Baird is recognized throughout the world as one whose virtuosic vocal style is firmly rooted in scholarship. Her book Introduction to the Art of Singing, now in its third printing (Cambridge University Press), is used by singers and professional schools internationally. “The Musical World of Benjamin Franklin” (CD and Song Book) will be released in February 2008 from The Colonial Institute.