“Baroque Ensemble Nurtures Art Form in Louisville” with 89.3 WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer | 04/10/2009

“Performance Today” with host Fred Child | American Public Media |
July 13, 2009

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Annette Skaggs

“Like the beverage that the group is named from, Saturday evening’s performance was warm, smooth, sweet and inviting. . .

. . .The six movements of the [Corelli] Concerto Grosso in G minor were absolutely enchanting and featured the energized playing of Nicolas Fortin (co-founder of Bourbon Baroque) with Martie Perry on violin and Lara Turner on cello. . .

 . . .The concert was an absolute delight and I am happy to have been there to witness the first time that Messiah was performed on period instruments in Louisville. My hat is off to John Austin Clark, Nicolas [sic] Fortin and Rachel Blanton for organizing and arranging such a gifted group of musicians and sharing your abilities with the Louisville area at large . . .”

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Annette Skaggs can be reached at (502) 426-7100.

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Annette SkaggsBourbon Baroque Delivers a Delightful Messiah | November 30 & December 1, 2013arts-louisville.com
The Arts Louisville | Reporter Anna Blanton

“. . .The fine puppetry craftsmanship was complimented by Bourbon Baroque’s exquisite accompaniment. The entire ensemble was tight and had great energy. The ensemble displayed great precision playing and clarity that I have not heard in Louisville with any musical ensemble in a long time. . . .

. . .The whole audience seemed to be captivated. Throughout the performance, the audience was laughing and clapping.  Some children could even be seen singing syllables along with the cast. Every man, woman and child in the audience had a great experience. On opening night there was standing room only, but at the end of the performance everyone was on their feet applauding. The entire cast, puppeteers, chorus, production members and music ensemble left the audience wanting more.”

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Anna Blanton can be reached at (502) 426-7100.

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Anna BlantonCollaboration of Bourbon Baroque and Squallis Puppeteers Produce a "Captivating" Performance of Les Sauvages | February 24 & 25, 2012arts-louisville.com
The Arts Louisville | Reporter Keith Waits

“Bourbon Baroque and Moving Collective performed a program of eight pieces together Saturday night at the Ursuline Art Center that defied the most likely preconceptions about the marriage of baroque music and modern dance in ways both unexpected and delightful…

Bourbon Baroque performed with finesse, in arrangements characterized by their good taste. They were joined by countertenor John T. Holiday, jr. for several pieces. Mr. Holiday’s singing was simply breathtaking, provoking gasps of appreciation from many in the audience and warm, ecstatic applause during curtain calls.  Beginning with a magnificent reading of Strike the viol from Come ye sons of art away, and through several other pieces, his performance was most impressive…”

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Keith Waits can be reached at (502) 426-7100.

The Arts Louisville | Reporter Keith WaitsBourbon Baroque and Moving Collective Collaboration Defies Expectations | February 12, 2011
The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew Adler

“What mattered most was the quality of the singing in the numerous arias. Here, fortunately, there was plenty to enjoy. With a young, eager cast of principals hailing from around the country, the collective musicianship was admirable. Mezzo-soprano Kristen Leich was an altogether splendid Ruggiero, bringing a big, creamy sound to a trouser role of a sorcery-seduced lover. Set against her protagonist, Megan Hart’s clarion voiced, I-dare-you-to-cross-me Alcina, the contrast of alto and soprano colors was striking. Among their colleagues, I was especially taken with soprano Teresa Wakim’s lusty Morgana – who prattled around in a kind of comic daze. Kudos as well to Evan Prizant’s costume designs, which were both sumptuous and sassy.The expanded Bourbon Baroque orchestra, led by harpsichordist John Austin Clark and violinist Nicolas Fortin, played with heady fortitude. Seated at the rear of the stage in full view, the musicians became participants, not accompanists. No arguments there.”

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew Adler can be reached at (502) 582-4668.

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew AdlerAlcina fulfills its imperative | May 7, 2010
The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew Adler

“To its continuing credit, Bourbon Baroque has managed to maintain a sense of idiomatic style without losing sight of what counts the most: involved, vigorous interpretations. After all, without those elements, all else shrinks into irrelevance.”

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew Adler can be reached at (502) 582-4668.

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew AdlerAuthenticity blends with Interpretation | October 13, 2009
The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew Adler

“Every good concert needs a conceit, a theme, an irresistible hook. For Bourbon Baroque, the Louisville period-instrument orchestra that opened its new season Saturday night at the Water Tower, that come-on was the potent melding of music and dance intrinsic to early 18th-century life.”

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew Adler can be reached at (502) 582-4668.

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Andrew AdlerBourbon Baroque opener a heady delight | September 22, 2008
The Courier-Journel | Reporter Andrew Adler

“This recently organized ensemble, specializing in authentically styled performances of pre-Classic repertoire, demonstrated how attention to period details need not suck the life out of a given score. . .Such has been the goal of BB founders John Austin Clark and Nicolas Fortin, young guys who believe (no, insist) that Baroque music should never sound fussy and academic.”

The Courier-Journel | Reporter Andrew Adler can be reached at (502) 582-4668.

The Courier-Journel | Reporter Andrew AdlerRecent Concerts provided sheer bliss | April 20, 2008
The Courier-Journal | Reporter Susan Reigler

“From the opening phrases, Clark and Fortin played with a sensitive and assured command of the baroque idiom.”

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Susan Reigler | Special to The Courier-Journal.

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Susan Reigler Sprightly playing apt for Leap Day | March 2, 2008
The Courier-Journal | Reporter Marty Rosen

“…beauty is timeless, and this production was fraught with drama and filled with intricate beauties: . . .the disciplined continuo contributions of Austin Clark. . .stitching the harmonies and rhythms with unending grace.”

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Marty Rosen | Special to The Courier-Journal.

The Courier-Journal | Reporter Marty RosenBach is beautiful at Christ Church concert | November 4, 2007