Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough


Empire Baroque

Empire Baroque

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Empire Baroque

About Empire Baroque


Founded in 2009, Empire Baroque is an Albany, New York-based ensemble of musicians who perform on Baroque period instruments. The ensemble’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of the New York Capital Region by presenting historically informed performances of solo and chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble performs at The Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose and other venues in the Capital Region. Core instruments include traverso, baroque violin, viola da gamba, baroque cello, theorbo, and harpsichord.



Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, traverso

Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, baroque violin

Hilary Walther Cumming, baroque violin

Andre Laurent O'Neil, baroque cello and viola da gamba

William Carragan, harpsichord

Andy Rutherford, theorbo and lute

Upcoming Performance:

Empire Baroque, An Ensemble of Baroque Period Instruments
Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Yvonne Hansbrough, baroque flute
Hilary Cumming, baroque violin
André O'Neil, baroque cello
William Carragan, harpsichord

Free and Open to the Public

Previous performance:CPE Bach's 300th Birthday Anniversary Concert (b. 8 March 1714)


Celebration of C.P.E. Bach's 300th Birthday (b. 8 March 1714)


Saturday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Picotte Recital Hall

Address: 1002 Madison Avenue

Admission: Free and open to the public, donations welcome



Trio Sonata in B minor, WQ 143

Sonata for solo flute in A minor, Wq 132

Duet in G major for flute and violin, Wq 140

Sonata in C major (1745) for viola da gamba and continuo, Wq 136 or H 558

Trio Sonata in C Major, Wq 147

About the Concert


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was one of the most influential and prolific composers of his time. In 2014 his music will be celebrated all over the world for his 300th Birthday Anniversary. Empire Baroque, An Ensemble of Baroque Period Instruments will be honoring CPE Bach and his music on March 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Picotte Recital Hall in the Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose.


CPE Bach was Johann Sebastian and Maria Barbara Bach’s second oldest surviving son and was born in Weimar in 1714. He was a virtuoso keyboard player, composer and teacher. He was the main exponent of the Empfindsam style, which flourished between the baroque and the Viennese classical periods. He developed his own personal and emotionally touching style and wanted his music to appeal to both professionals and amateurs. His compositions and his Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments were broadly distributed and appreciated throughout Europe.