Music at Mount Pleasant

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. —  Concert 1 Elixir Baroque Ensemble - EXTRA- Baroque Ornamentation

Elixir presents a program of sonatas by Corelli, Vivaldi, and Guillemain. Baroque composers often composed harmonic outlines, or sparsely written music, with the intention of having the performer add to the composition. Elixir explores music by composers who wrote out elaborate ornamentation, and music by those who left a beautiful skeleton to be filled in later.

Valerie Gordon, violin
Michelle Odorico, violin
Sebastian Ostertag, cello
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord

Elixir Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2010 by harpsichordist Sara-Anne Churchill, viola da gamba player Justin Haynes, and violinists Elyssa Lefergey-Smith and Valerie Gordon. In May 2016, Elixir welcomed violinist Michelle Odorico to the ensemble. Elixir gives new life to 17th and 18th century music by serving up intoxicating programs combining the lyrical with the virtuosic and the well-known with the newly discovered. Elixir’s innovative programming and bold performances have swiftly established the group as a major proponent of early music in the Greater Toronto area. In April 2014, Elixir gave the world premier performance of “The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour,” composed specifically for Elixir by Frank Horvat.

Elixir seeks to share its knowledge of baroque performance practice through community outreach and education of all ages. In 2011, during a brief residency at the University of Fredonia (SUNY), the group performed and gave masterclasses for the students of the faculty of music. Elixir is also a regular guest of the Kingsway Conservatory of Music where the group teaches and performs alongside the Kingsway Chamber Strings, inspiring young minds with a curiosity for gut strings, pointy bows, and harpsichords.

Elixir Ensemble was recently named one of five a finalists in the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition.