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Desert Baroque Concerts - 2022/2023 Season


This season's five concerts consider "The Art of Time" in music

from the late Renaissance to the mid-19th century.

With the music of the Baroque at its heart, all music in these concerts is performed on instruments of the historic period from which the programs are drawn. All five concerts take place at the Artists Center at the Galen* in Palm Desert, California. Concert goers may purchase season subscription tickets to get a volume discount for attending all five concerts, or they may purchase single concert tickets individually. See below for program details and to click on the links to purchase all tickets on Eventbrite.

LAST CONCERT OF THIS SEASON:  Friday, March 31, 2023, 7 pm - Concert #5: "Time Travel Abroad." A festive concert with the Opsahl/Pritchard Duo, presenting "La selva di varii passaggi," music for cornetto, recorder and keyboards from Early Modern Italy by Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Guami and more. Alex Opsahl, cornetto and recorder; Ian Pritchard, keyboards.


Alex Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music, and cornetto with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. While still a student, she received 1st Prize in the 2003 Moeck Solo Recorder competition, the 2001 and 2003 RAM Early Music Prize, and the 2003 Hilda Anderson Dean Award. Alex has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Emmanuele Haim, Boston Early Music Festival, I Fagiolini, Capella Barocca di Mexico, Carmel Bach Festival, Piffaro, Apollo's Fire, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Green Mountain Project. She performed in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Altenmusik in 2017, and filmed L’Incoronazione di Poppea with both Oslo Opera and Glyndebourne Opera. She recorded Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Minor, RV 441, with the Norwegian period orchestra Barokkanerne, and recently recorded the JD Berlin cornetto concerto with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. Alex is a founding member of both Tesserae and Dark Horse Consort.


Ian Pritchard, harpsichordist, organist, and musicologist, is a specialist in early music and historical keyboard practices. As a continuo player he has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Florilegium, with which he has toured in Europe and in South America. As a chamber musician, Dr. Pritchard has collaborated with Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Elizabeth Wallfisch and Rachel Podger, and has performed under Christopher Hogwood, Christophe Rousset, Emanuelle Haïm, Nicholas McGeegan, and Laurence Cummings. He has won prizes in the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, London (first prize), the P. Bernardi Competition in Bologna, and in the Bruges Competition. Dr. Pritchard began playing the harpsichord at the age of 13, beginning studies in his native Los Angeles with Susanne Shapiro. Earning his Bachelor’s in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio in 1999 (where he studied with Lisa Goode Crawford), he moved to Europe in 2000. From 2000-2002 he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London (where he studied with John Toll, Laurence Cummings, and James Johnstone), earning the prestigious DipRam award. In 2003-2004, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, where he studied with Liuwe Tamminga and Andrea Marcon, and conducted research on early Italian keyboard music. In 2018, he earned his PhD in musicology from the University of Southern California. As a musicologist, Dr. Pritchard’s interests include keyboard music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, improvisation, notation, compositional process, and performance practice. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


SINGLE CONCERT: Reserved/First Two Rows $54; General $37; Student $15 (with student ID)


Concert gallery capacity = 100


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