Friends is a core musical duo whose distinctive command of Baroque instruments dazzles;
whose warmth and power of expression moves; whose sense of humor and sociability engages.
Founder and Artistic Director Ann Marie Morgan is
one of the world's leading violists da gamba, whose sound has been characterized as
"straight from heaven" (H&B Recordings Direct). She has appeared as soloist
with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, been a guest at countless Bach festivals
(including Oregon and Bethlehem), and performs regularly with the nation's outstanding
In Olde Friends, she is joined by virtuoso violinist
Allison Edberg and a roster of guest artists which have included William Simms, Theorbo
and Lute; Jory Vinikour, Harpsicord (winner of the International Harpsicord Competitions
of Warsaw and Prague); Andrea Fullington, Soprano (from Bimbetta); Emlyn Ngai, Baroque
violin (winner of the Locatelli Concours Amsterdam); and Jeanette Sorrell, Harpsicord
(Founder and Director of Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra).
The core duo of Ann Marie Morgan and Allison Edberg
make accessible the beauty, intimacy, and power of Baroque music performed on original
instruments. Enhanced by collaborations with guest artists, the irresistible spontaneity
of Olde Friends performances creates a living link between music of the past and the
audiences of today.