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The Sebastians ( are a dynamic and vital musical ensemble specializing in music of the baroque and classical eras. Lauded as “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), the Sebastians have also been praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today). The Sebastians 2019–20 season explores pairings and resonances—from music and wine, to words and music, and finally to music and dance, in a spectacular season finale featuring the Christopher Caines Dance Company in newly commissioned dances to suites by the group’s namesake, J. S. Bach. The Sebastians are currently in residence at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, and recently released a new CD of trio sonatas and vocal works by Corelli, Colista, Handel, and Vivaldi, featuring soprano Awet Andemicael.

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…everywhere sharp-edged and engaging… The New York Times
The musical quality was further enhanced by the presence of the [Sebastians], a leading young early-music ensemble, which performed beautifully throughout. The New York Times
…of the demand for this group, there can be little doubt…. energetic… youthful, vigorous performance style… The New York Times
…fast-rising group of period-instrumentalists that opened its own season with a lively concert on Saturday… The New York Times
…the instrumental ensemble… including fine musicians from the Sebastians, played with stylistic authority and rhythmic verve… The New York Times
New York a hotbed of early music? No one would have said so 20 years ago (when some of us were saying the opposite) or even 10 years ago. But a remarkable shift has occurred over the last decade or so, thanks to a web of interlocking factors, including… the enterprise of groups like Tenet and the Sebastians… The New York Times

…a worthy addition to any concert series accustomed to hearing leading mainstream string quartets. Early Music America
…well-thought-out articulation and phrasing… Early Music Review
…elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance… Early Music Today
The Sebastians took us on a delightful journey, one in which lucid, subtle playing left space for the emotion and wit… the audience had been thoroughly seduced by the ensemble’s deft balance of firebrand playing and classical elegance. Seen and Heard International
Supporting these aims, Dell’Arte scored a canny coup for its first opera from the baroque repertoire by inviting the up-and-coming period-instrument ensemble The Sebastians to form the core of the Poppea band. …the Sebastians surely provided a salutary grounding for a crew of singers with little or no experience in this kind of music. Parterre Box
The singers were helped by taut ensemble playing from conductor Jeffrey Grossman and The Sebastians, a period chamber ensemble. Superconductor Blog

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