Amelia Roosevelt, baroque violin
Stephanie Corwin, baroque bassoon
Katie Rietman, baroque cello
Gabe Shuford, harpsichord
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: “They 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.”
Each of Repast’s four core members has an active career in the period-instrument scene, and together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the quartet’s programs. Repast collaborates often with leading instrumentalists 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 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; Peak Performances, and many other venues. Baruch Performing Arts Center presented Repast in an annual three-concert series from 2004–2016. In 2015 Repast added a new concert venue in Brooklyn Heights, and the 2016–17 season marks the beginning of the group’s new Manhattan venue at Advent Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side. Repast 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.