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Baroque music festival coming to Blue Sage

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The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is pleased to present a Baroque Music Festival weekend on Oct. 6 and 7, with a wine reception on Friday, Oct. 6, and full concert program on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Blue Sage's Baroque Festival will feature mezzo-sopranoCeline Ricci and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performing as part of the Blue Sage's 2017/18 concert series lineup. Both events are at 7:30 p.m.

The reception on Friday evening will feature a presentation on Baroque performance practice, a mini-concert with our festival musicians, and an opportunity to view the period instrument up close and ask the artists questions. The reception also includes local wine and light appetizers/desserts with the ticket price ($25).

On Saturday evening enjoy a performance of works for Mezzo-Soprano and harpsichord including Handel's Lucrezia, a virtuosic cantata for soloist and harpsichord. Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and mezzo-soprano Celine Ricci will perform.

Concert series artistic director Susan Ellinger comments, "We are very lucky to have this opportunity to bring such highly regarded Baroque music experts to our small community. Not only do they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our small community, but they are also highly regarded and extremely in demand as performers. We are quite fortunate to have them on our 17/18 concert series lineup, and I look forward to a unique and personal musical experience in our intimate concert hall at the Blue Sage."

Reception ($25) and concert tickets ($20-25) are available at the Blue Sage Gallery located at 226 Grand Avenue in Paonia, open Monday and Thursday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m.; by calling 527-7243; or online at bluesage.org.

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