The Clarion Society is New York’s premier Baroque orchestra, committed to delivering outstanding international quality in the performance of Early Music on authentic instruments, fostering young talent, and developing new, younger audiences through its education program, Clarion Collegium Week.
The Clarion Society is one of the country’s leading period instrument orchestras and professional vocal ensembles. Clarion was founded in 1957 by musicologist Newell Jenkins, who conducted its concert series until 1996.
In 2006, Clarion was reborn under the artistic directorship of young American conductor Steven Fox and quickly rose to prominence as a fresh and innovative force in the international Early Music scene. Since the start of Fox's tenure, the Clarion Orchestra and the Clarion Choir have performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Morgan Library, the Aston Magna Festival, and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in conjunction with its Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series.
In 2010, Clarion formally joined forces with another leader in the field of Early Music, the New York Collegium. Continuing the Collegium’s remarkable legacy is Clarion Collegium Week, an annual week of master classes, lectures, and concerts focusing on the music of a great Baroque composer.
Since its revival, Clarion has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, BBC Music Magazine, Musical America, and the American Record Guide, among others. Last season, Clarion appeared on Lincoln Center's White Light and Scope Festivals, and Steven Fox and the Clarion Choir have been invited to return this March to appear with Juilliard415 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. This season also will mark Clarion’s first recording since the Jenkins era, Handel's Judas Maccabeus.
Clarion Music Society, PO Box 259,
New York, NY 10021