Zeroing in on the distinct sound and quintessential playing style of a bygone era, the Baroque Ensemble strives to educate its members and provide audiences with a sense of appreciation for this everlasting musical tradition. Acclaimed Baroque violinist Michael Sand and harpsichord extraordinaire Phebe Craig are co-directors, and rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 7:10–9:00 pm in Room 108, Music Building.
Music was a force of understanding and co-operation between different faiths and ideologies in the courts of two politically astute sixteenth-century rulers—Emperor Akbar I of India and Elizabeth I of England—rulers known for their use of tolerance as a force to strengthen and build their respective countries into leading forces on an increasingly connected world stage.
Sand plays with the chamber ensemble Musical Assembly, is director of the New York State Baroque, and appears with many Bay Area early music groups. He has recorded for Meridian, Harmonia Mundi (France and the U.S.), Arts and Music, KATastroPHE, Wildboar, and Titanic.