La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

As part of Philadelphia's vibrant early music scene, La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble specializes in chamber music from 1600-1750 presenting engaging programs of repertory from France, Germany, Italy, and England. Performing on copies of period instruments, the core ensemble consists of Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord. Guest musicians are often invited to join the ensemble in their exploration of the extensive and varied repertoire of baroque chamber music. In the 2021-22 concert season La Bernardiinia is joined by virtuoso erhu player, Qian Qin. The group's name refers to the title of a piece by Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi that La Bernardinia performed on their debut program.