The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado seeks to inspire and engage audiences through creative and collaborative live performances of Baroque music, and to enhance our community and enrich lives through artistic excellence, changing the way we experience the world. BCOC plays an important role in Colorado’s performing arts scene as the Rocky Mountain region’s only professional period instrument orchestra, and is a recognized trailblazer in the field of historically inspired performance, locally and nationally. The orchestra produces an annual Masterworks series, and a Confluence series focused on collaboration and community. It also offers a multifaceted Engagement and Education program that brings live Baroque music to people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado was founded by Artistic Director Frank Nowell in 2005 and quickly established itself as a unique and vital presence in Colorado’s performing-arts scene, earning “Ensemble of the Year” honors from the Denver Post in 2010. Led from within the ensemble by Baroque violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel, BCOC performs a wide repertoire ranging from familiar favorites, such as Bach’s Brandenburg concertos and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to rarely performed gems from the period. The orchestra has partnered with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir for numerous performances over 13 years, including Bach’s Matthew Passion conducted by Stephen Stubbs, Requiem settings by Gilles and Fux, Bach cantatas, and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit. It has also collaborated with a wide range of acclaimed guest artists and with Wonderbound dance ensemble, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and Stories on Stage.
“Artistic vision, authenticity and devotion. These qualities come to mind again and again in listening to the spot-on music-making of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.”
The Denver Post
“Expect crowd-pleasers from Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann delivered with the gratitude of musicians devoted to the heart and head of serious music.”
The Denver Post