The REBEL Baroque Ensemble performs works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, Gallo, Gabrieli, Boyce and Telemann in a program titled “Barocco: Musical Treasures of the 17th and 18th Centuries.” REBEL features Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin & viola/co-director; Karen Marie Marmer, violin & viola/co-director; and John Moran, cello, performing with guest Leon Schelhase, harpsichord.
Taking a cue from their namesake, Jean-Féry Rebel, a boldly inventive French Baroque composer, the members of REBEL are known for their provocative approach to the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. They favor a highly expressive, virtuosic, hold-nothing-back style of playing.
Look for musical sparks to fly when REBEL takes the stage at the Festival.
Hailed by the New York Times as “sophisticated and beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making”, the New York-based Baroque ensemble REBEL (pronounced “Re-BEL”) has earned an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences by their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire. Rebel, through its long-term residency from 1997-2009 at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City, has achieved high acclaim for its collaborations with Trinity Choir in performance, radio broadcasts, webcasts and recordings.
Rebel was originally formed in The Netherlands in 1991. In the Fifth International Competition for Ensembles in Early Music, Utrecht 1991 (now the Van Wassenaer Competition) Rebel was awarded first prize. Rebel has appeared to critical acclaim at distinguished American venues such as the Da Camera Society, the Schubert Club, Friends of Music Kansas City, Library of Congress, Caramoor, Chautauqua Institution, Stanford Lively Arts, University of Chicago Presents, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals.
In 2005 Rebel appeared in collaboration with Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. The ensemble has recorded for all the major European national radio networks and has been showcased in performance and interview on BBC’s Radio 3. Arguably the most aired American Baroque ensemble in the U.S. today, Rebel has been regularly featured on Performance Today and MPR’s St. Paul Sunday. In 1999 Rebel became the first and only period instrument ensemble to be awarded an artists’ residency at National Public Radio.
Rebel has recorded for Deutsche Harmonia; Dorian; ATMA Classique; Hänssler Classic; Bridge Records; Naxos and Sono Luminus/Dorian. REBEL’s highly-praised CD on Sono Luminus, Corellisante: Trio Sonatas by A.Corelli & G.Ph.Telemann, was the subject of a feature article in Chamber Music America Magazine. www.Rebelbaroque.com