La Follia Concerts listed among Austin Chronicle's Top Ten Classical Music Treasures for the year
2012: 'Yankee Baroque' (more)
A welcome history lesson in music from the Revolution that played like a mixtape for George Washington.
2011: 'Herd of Harpsichords' (more)
Keith Womer and his trio of collaborators not only revealed the variety of this early keyboard instrument, but with a little help from J.S. Bach, they seduced you with its sounds.
Austin Critics's Table Award Nominations
2013: Best Classical Music Chamber Performance (Yankee Baroque) (more)
2012: Best Classical Ensemble Performance (Return of the Herd of Harpsichords) (more)
2011: Best Classical Music Chamber Performance (Bach's Herd of Harpsichords) (more)
2010: Best Classical Singer, Gitanjali Mathur as Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (more)
Reviews from the 2012-2013 season
Once you get past all of the wigs and corsets, the 18th century isn't nearly as stuffy as it seems. La Follia Austin Baroque proved as much this past weekend in a concert that exposed the energetic and dynamic Baroque spirit.
- Natalie Zeldin, Austin Chronicle, review of "Fit for a King: J.S. Bach's Musical Offering" (more)
Focusing on Haydn and Mozart, La Follia did a lovely job linking classical to baroque
...the concert highlight [was] Haydn's Keyboard Concerto in D Major, with Womer at the harpsichord commanding the work with clear technical mastery. The sanctuary's acoustics proved splendid for featuring the often "dainty"-sounding instrument above the sizable orchestra.
- Adam Roberts, Austin Chronicle, review of "Classically Speaking: Music of Mozart and Haydn" (more)
La Follia takes the harpsichord beyond Bach and proves the instrument isn't just for the baroque
[La Follia] included a contemporary work for four harpsichords and strings by a modern master of the instrument, Asako Hirabayashi. It was a bold departure from the usual stately progressions and rococo runs, and from the first notes – the strings sounding anguished and dissonant – there was no mistaking the era; this was our time.
- Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle, review of "Herd the Third: More Concerti by Bach for Multiple Harpsichords" (more)