Who We Are Mango grew out of the belief held by founder soprano Marguerite Krull that Baroque chamber
music is juicy, colorful, passionate, sexy, bursting with flavor... and should a regular part of everyone’s musical diet. With a focus on vocal cantatas, Mango consists of small but potent forces to present music of the mid-17th to mid-18th Centuries to audiences who might have limited opportunities to savor this great repertory. The number of performers generally ranges from three to eight instrumentalists and singers, and the group uses period instruments. Many people think of Baroque chamber music as esoteric and unapproachable; Mango presents concerts that are musically, visually and dramatically engaging so that audiences enjoy this genre as stimulating, satisfying and fun.
Marguerite Krull
photo: Kingmond Young

Soprano Marguerite Krull is the artistic director of Mango. She has been heard in a variety of repertory all over the world, with a particular passion for Baroque music. Marguerite has performed music of the 17th and 18th centuries with groups such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Les Talens Lyriques, Oper Leipzig, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Orlando Opera, the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, the New York Collegium, the Trinity Consort, Tempesta di Mare, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Bach Choir, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Chatham Baroque and Opera Lafayette. She has collaborated with conductors who specialize in this repertory such as Christopher Hogwood, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Rousset, Will Lacey and Jane Glover among others. In recording, Marguerite can be heard in two 18th century comic operas, as the title role in Martin y Soler's La Capricciosa Corretta, and as Alix in André Grétry's Le Magnifique, both on the Naxos recording label.

A winner of the prestigious Marian Anderson Award, Marguerite has also been honored by the Sullivan Foundation and the Richard R. Gold Foundation. She has appeared twice in Opera News’ “Keep your eye on...” Originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, Marguerite has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She lives in New York City with her husband Mark and her two children, Eamon and Maeve. For more information on her solo career, please visit www.MargueriteKrull.com.

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Guests of Mango
Mango regularly invites accomplished artists in the Baroque field to perform in concert.
Here are some recent guest performers.
 
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Cellist David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, ensemble player, and recording artist on both modern and baroque cello. In addition to appearances in New York's premiere concert halls, he has appeared several times on National Public Radio and WQXR, and was a winner or finalist in four international chamber music competitions. As a member of the Casa Verde Trio, he completed six critically acclaimed national tours and a month-long tour of China. He has performed as soloist with the Allentown Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Beijing Symphony, Early Music New York, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, Musica Bella, the Hunterdon Symphony, and the Lehigh University Philharmonic, and he has served as principal cellist for numerous orchestras. On baroque cello, he performs with Concert Royal and the American Classical Orchestra, and he was principal cello of Early Music New York for several years. He is a founding member of the New York Classical Quartet and of Brooklyn Baroque, whose CDs were deemed a “must buy” by the American Record Guide. A dedicated teacher, he directs the Summer String-In, and the Play Week chamber music workshops for adult amateurs. He earned his B.A.at Yale, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at SUNY Stony Brook, and he was a faculty member of Lehigh University for eight years.

David Bakamjian
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Rebecca Cypess is a harpsichordist fortepianist, and musicologist whose work focuses on the intersection of performance and cultural meaning. Associate Professor of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, she has developed projects related to women in the history of early music. She is the founder of The Raritan Players, whose first recording, In Sara Levy's Salon (Acis Productions, 2017), explores the music of the Jewish salon hostess and keyboardist Sara Levy. The group's current project undertakes a similar exploration of the salon of Madame Brillon, friend of Benjamin Franklin in Paris. Cypess has published widely in scholarly journals in musicology; her first book, Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2016), received a grant from the American Association of University Women. Cypess holds degrees from Yale University (Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A.), the Royal College of Music--London (M.Mus.), Yeshiva University (M.A.) and Cornell University (B.A.). www.masongross.rutgers.edu/music/faculty/rebecca-cypess

Rebecca Cypess
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Period violinist Dongmyung Ahn is a performer, educator, and scholar, whose interests span from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries. She studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University. She is co-founder of Guido’s Ear and has performed with the Sebastians, TENET, Green Mountain Vespers, Chatham Baroque, Pegasus, Clarion, Early Music New York, and Bach Vespers. She has also played the rebec in the The Play of Daniel at the Cloisters. A dedicated educator, Dongmyung is the director of the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and has taught music history at Vassar College and Queens College. She is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship and has published an article on medieval liturgy in the Rodopi series Faux Titre.

Dongmyung Ahn
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Christopher Fritzsche Internationally recognized for his effortless countertenor voice, Christopher Fritzsche can be heard on well over a dozen recordings on Warner Classics' Teldec label. From 1992 until 2003, Mr. Fritzsche performed with the world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. In those 11 years he sang over 1000 concerts world-wide appearing with The New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and he participated in and helped lead numerous choral and vocal workshops for singers of all levels. He has also appeared with the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago as soloist in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and, as a member of Chanticleer, earned two Grammy awards for the CD's Colors of Love, and Lamentations and Praises by the celebrated British composer, Sir John Tavener. He served on the vocal faculty at his alma mater, Sonoma State University, 2004-2009. He is a member of the Redwood Empire Chapter of NATS and continues to teach vocal classes for the Sonoma County Bach Society. He is currently the Music Director for the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa and a member of the men's a cappella ensemble, Clerestory, www.clerestory.org If you would like to be notified of his upcoming performances you can join his concert announcement list by emailing him at christopher.fritzsche@gmail.com.

Christopher
 
Paul Hale Cellist Paul Hale is a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Opera San Jose orchestra, Oakland Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and frequently joins San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He plays in ensembles for many of the Bay Area's choirs including San Francisco Bach Choir, California Bach Society, American Bach Soloists, and others. He studied with many fine teachers, among them, Irene Sharp, and Margaret Rowell. He lives in Oakland, California.
photo: Lenny Gonzalez