A collaboration of four period-instrument virtuosi, Repast presents vivid renditions of music of the baroque era. Each member of Repast has an active career in historical performance, and together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the quartet’s programs. Repast has been described as “a graceful, energetic ensemble” by the The New York Times, which also cited the ensemble’s "vital performances" and “robust” playing. Their debut CD, “Repast,” received much positive critical acclaim such as Audiophile Audition’s rave: “[T]hey play like maniacs. The phrasing, spirit, and articulation are wonderful, almost palpable in some instances…and one is hard-pressed to come up with a more engaging program than this.”
Repast enjoys collaborations with leading period instrument players and vocalists in order to explore the vast repertoire of the baroque era. The group’s name, meaning a meal or a feast, is a double-entendre: out of the revival of past music comes a delectable, spiritually nourishing experience.
Founded in 2003 in New York City, Repast has performed as part of Miller Theatre’s Bach and the Baroque series and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles; Bargemusic; the Miami Bach Society; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Peak Performances, as well as many other venues. Baruch Performing Arts Center has presented Repast in an annual three-concert series since 2004, and Repast launched a new concert venue in Brooklyn Heights in 2015. The group and has been featured on WKCR and Vermont Public radio, and its CD is aired frequently on radio stations nationally.
Repast’s musicians are committed educators, and the group has presented workshops and lecture-demonstrations at the College of William and Mary, Columbia University, the Brooklyn Queens Conservatory of Music, and Baruch College.