Formed in 2013 by traverso player, Vicki Melin, and harpsichordist, Katherine Heater, the Bay area ensemble Nash Baroque has at it’s root an integral connection with New England. It’s inaugural concert was held on July 13th 2013 in Guilford, CT. at the invitation of Christ Episcopal Church, for their concert series “Concertato”. The concert Les Gouts Reunis (Styles Reunited) named after Francois Couperin’s 1724 publication of works unifying French and Italian styles, featured French and Italian vocal and instrumental pieces of the 18th Century. A repeat performance of the program was given as a fundraiser at the Unitarian Society of New Haven to benefit the Gallant Fund for Children's Education in Music.
The Ensemble is named after Thomas Nash, a forbear of a founding ensemble member, who as a blacksmith and colonist in New Haven colony was one of the original 25 signees of the Guilford Plantation Covenant of 1639. In July of 2014, Nash Baroque was invited to perform a special program as part of the Summer festivities honoring the Town of Guilford and the 375th anniversary of its foundation.
Danielle Reutter-Harrah (Mezzo Soprano), Gretchen Claassen (Viola da Gambist), Katherine Heater (harpsichord) and Vicki Melin (Baroque Flute) at the Berkley Early Music Festival in June 2014.
The program “Sweet Prospect” presented music of the 17th and 18th centuries in New England. This concert celebrated the music of the patchwork of colonies, primarily made up of English, Irish and Scottish settlers that would become the early United States. Taken together their musical traditions — in the form of devotional and theatrical music, songs, dances, and rousing military tunes — would prove as influential as the English language, in the cultural development of a young country. The program was later featured on WSHU, CT Public Radio’s program “First Fridays” with Kate Remington as a notable concert of 2014.
Throughout 2014-2016, the ensemble has performed all French programs: celebrating the golden age of flute music with esteemed guest artist, Janet See; and a program of dance music, pastoral Brunettes and Air des Cours with Mezzo Soprano, Danielle Sampson.
Their next project for 2017/2018 is a series of Bach Cantatas including performances with soloist soprano, Jennifer Paulino, and the Bay area octet, Gaude.
For information about Nash Baroque and upcoming concerts, please email Vicki Melin: