Current Performance Ensembles
Bach Collegium San Diego: A Vocal and Period Instrument Ensemble
Personal Summary / Bio
The Bach Collegium San Diego was founded in 2003 by conductor and musicologist Ruben Valenzuela with the purpose of enriching San Diego's music community with historically informed performances of the Renaissance, Baroque, and in particular the vocal works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Its members have longstanding experience with such ensembles as the Academy of Ancient Music, American Bach Soloists, International Bachakademie Stuttgart, and the Philharmonia Chorale. During its first six seasons, the ensemble has earned an impressive reputation, captivating diverse audiences by their unique style and highly expressive and provocative approach to the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. From 2007, the BCSD has participated in the Festival Internacional del Órgano Barroco (Mexico City), in addition to highly acclaimed first San Diego period instrument performances of Handel's Theodora, Handel’s Messiah, Bach's B minor Mass, and an upcoming performance of the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers to mark the 400th anniversary of this work.