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A curiosity in the cultural background behind the music she plays led Sarah Stone to baroque cello and viola da gamba. "The show is not over... Questlove keeps spinning into the early morning. Sir Patrick Stewart has been reading a Shakespeare sonnet everyday. Sarah Stone, who plays cello and viola da gamba, has stuck to her “Bach Everyday” performances from her apartment in New York City. Since March 19, she’s done a Bach Chorale each day." (Geoff Edgers, The Washington Post, June 10, 2020). Totaling consecutive 375 days, Everyday Bach began as a project where Sarah recorded Bach chorales daily from her NYC apartment as the city sheltered in place and grew to include a movement from every Bach Cantata in order of BWVs, the 6 parts of the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 for the holiday season, the Magnificat, Art of the Fugue, Two-Part Inventions, all six Sarabandes from the Cello Suites, and as for finale, the B Minor Mass. Everyday Bach was featured in the Washington Post, The Greene Space (WNYC), and Early Music America and can be found on Tiktok and Youtube.
 

Sarah makes music around the country with Seraphic Fire, Baroque Music Montana, The Thirteen, Washington National Cathedral, Repast Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and New York Baroque Incorporated. This past season included several performances as soloist with Apollo’s Fire, performing the Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto in Cleveland, Chicago, and Sonoma. During the summer months, Sarah has been a part of Teatro Nuovo, performing unconducted bel canto operas, and traveled to Portland, Maine, where she made music in unconventional venues as a part of The Portland Bach Experience.

Because she thinks bringing early music to unexpected places is important in diverse communities; Sarah works with Bitterroot Baroque, a presenting organization and community baroque orchestra in rural Hamilton, Montana, that brings in period ensembles and musicians to perform and teach at early music workshops since 2015. In her home-base of Long Island City, Queens, she has curated a free monthly series, Communitea Chamber Music in her favorite local café for the past five years.

 

Sarah holds a Masters in Historical Performance from the Juilliard School, a Masters from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors of Music from Rice University. She has studied with Mara Finkelstein, Norman Fischer, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Elizabeth Reed, Sarah Cunningham, and Phoebe Carrai. www.sarahabigaelstone.com

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