Since 1985, The San Luis Obispo Early Music Consortium's New World Baroque Orchestra has offered a lively and entertaining program of the music, song and dance of the colonial missions, presidios and outposts of Spanish-California and frontier regions of New Spain. Not just a concert, but a LIVING historical re-enactment of the music and festivals of the Early Mission years. Spectators are not only entertained, but are drawn into the festivities and become a part of the festival to experience for themselves that which was so intense and so meaningful to the original colonial inhabitants.
The music performed is carefully transcribed and edited from rare manuscripts and is performed on antique and authentic replicas of original 18th century instruments.
The ensemble features the talents of student and professional musicians, singers and dancers of all ages and cultural backgrounds, representing a number of artistic communities throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. All are brought together with great love and dedication to this beautiful music and dance of the past, and the history and traditions of our Western Frontier communities.