Baroque Masters | Mission San Miguel

The music of these baroque masters are made up of multiple threads weaving together a beautiful tapestry of sound.  It is likely that many of these works were intended to be performed with one player on a part, which is the approach we are taking with this concert.  This highlights the clarity of the polyphonic writing and the colors of the individual instruments.  The composers on this program represent the greatest masters of the era, including J. S. Bach, Marcello, Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli, and Geminiani.

The concert features several “Concerto Grosso” works that feature two solo violins and cello.  We rotate our exceptional violinists around so that each of them have the opportunity to play both solo parts and “ripieno,” or orchestra, parts.  

Two of the works on the program feature single soloists.  Cellist, Hilary Clark, will perform Marcello’s Sonata in F.  Violinist, Maurice Sklar, will perform J. S. Bach’s famous Concerto No. 2 in E.  This concert is presented in the acoustically and aesthetically beautiful Mission San Miguel.  

Baroque Masters tickets are $15 Adult, $27 Senior and $15 Students. Students K-12 are free with a paid adult thanks to a sponsorship from Jim and Carolyn BresciaTickets are available at the door or online at 

Maurice Sklar, violin

Dr. Maurice Sklar was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a Russian-Jewish family with a rich musical heritage. At age four, he began playing the violin. He won numerous awards from the age of nine, and left home to study violin with Fredell Lack in Houston, Texas, when he was only thirteen. He attended Meadowmount Summer Music School, Ivan Galamian’s Strings Camp, for seven consecutive years from the age of thirteen to nineteen. 

Accepted at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City at the age of fifteen, Maurice subsequently won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at the age of sixteen, where he studied with the great violin teacher, Ivan Galamian.

Dr. Maurice Sklar has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and he continues to perform concerts across the country and abroad. 

Hilary Clark, cello

Hilary Clark studied cello performance at UC Santa Barbara, Western Michigan University, UC Santa Cruz, and the Meadowmount School for Strings. Currently she performs with numerous local chamber groups, Santa Maria Philharmonic, and is a nuclear medicine technologist at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Symphony of the Vines

Dr. Greg Magie, Music Director

Violin: Emily Lanzone, Valerie Berg-Johansen, Maurice Sklar, Grace Seng

Viola: Andrew Grishaw

Cello: Hilary Clark

Bass: David George

Harpsichord: Paul Woodring



Concerto Grosso in A Minor, op. 3, no. 8 - A. Vivaldi

Emily Lanzone & Valerie Berg-Johansen

Sonata I - B. Marcello

Hilary Clark

Concerto Grosso “La Follia” in D Minor - F. Geminiani

Grace Seng & Hilary Clark


Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8 "Christmas" - A. Corelli

Valerie Berg-Johansen & Grace Seng

Concerto for Violin in E Major - J. S. Bach

Maurice Sklar

Concerto Grosso in A Major, op. 6, no. 11- G. F. Handel

Valerie Berg-Johansen & Emily Lanzone

Date and Time: 
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 3:00pm
Mission San Miguel
775 Mission Street
San Miguel
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