All Roads Lead to Vienna
The Kansas City Baroque Consortium has been one of the city’s cultural jewels since 2009, specializing in the performance of early music on period instruments. In a special afternoon concert, the ensemble offers a rich selection of late-17th century music that reflects the role of the royal Habsburg court in Vienna as a crossroads of European culture.
The program features the works of four notable Central European composers: Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Joseph Fux, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, and Georg Muffat.
The Austrian branch of the house of Habsburg – split from the “senior” Spanish branch of the longtime dynasty – ruled from the capital of Vienna and transformed the city into a center of European music. Influenced by an influx of Italian musicians, popular French dance, and the musical styles of carnival festivities, composers explored a new sonic realism that spawned inventiveness in their works and resonated across Europe.
The Baroque Consortium performance revisits that inspired time.