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Performing Contrabass Unbound with Emily Katayama at Valparaiso University

In addition to his double bass career as soloist, orchestral performer and chamber musician, Phillip Serna has emerged among the nation’s leading advocates of the viol – the viola da gamba.  On double bass, he performs with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Co-founding the Chicago-area historical-performance ensembles Black TulipNew Comma Baroque, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols and ViolMediumhe’s appeared with Burning River Baroque, Les Touches… continue reading…

Upcoming Concerts

BENEFIT CONCERTS FOR EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF LA GRANGE & EARLY MUSIC NOW – SOMEWHERE IN TIME: TELEMANN’S ‘LOST’ 12 FANTASIAS FOR SOLO VIOL, 1735

Located in 2014 by Thomas Fritzsch, a copy of Telemann’s self-published 1735 fantasias for viola da gamba survived near Hanover at Ledenburg Palace in the collection of Eleonore von Münster (née von Grothaus, 1734-1794). Dedicated to musical subscriber Mr. Pierre Chaunell (1703-1789), Telemann’s fantasias encompass a variety of forms spanning fugal writing to elements of the rondo and concerto while straddling the Polish and Moravian music of his early career to the High Baroque and the galant. Join New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna in honoring the music of Telemann – all while fundraising to restore the Casavant Organ at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of LaGrange & support Early Music Now in Milwaukeecontinue reading… 

 

Upcoming Concerts

NEW COMMA BAROQUE‘s PHILLIP SERNA PERFORMS 2 CONCERTI IN THE CONCORD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA‘S PROGRAM ‘NEW & OLD’ – THE RUDOLPH DOLMETSCH CONCERTINO FOR VIOLA DA GAMBA & SMALL ORCHESTRA, 1941 & THE U.S. PREMIERE OF THE CARL FRIEDERICH ABEL CONCERTO VIOLO DE GAMBO IN A-MAJOR, A9:1A FROM THE LEDENBURG COLLECTION

Concord Chamber Orchestra

New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna joins Jamin Hoffman and the Concord Chamber Orchestra in a special collaboration presenting TWO concert works featuring the viol: Rudolph Dolmetsch’s 1941 Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra and Carl Friederich Abel’s Concerto Violo de Gambo in A-majorcontinue reading… 

 

Upcoming Concerts

THE CHICAGO COLUMBIA CLUB PRESENTS BLACK TULIP‘S GERMAN CHRISTMAS!

The Chicago Columbia Club presents Black Tulip in a German Christmas program…continue reading…

VIOLMEDIUM PRESENTS FAÇADES & DUPLICITIES – BEGUILING CURIOSITIES & EXCURSIONS FOR DUELING GAMBAS

Join ViolMedium in Façades & Duplicities, a multidimensional exploration of the rich harmonic, timbral and dramatic potentials offered by violas da gamba!  The viol is the medium through which gambists Eric Miller & Phillip Serna bridge contemporary & historically-informed performance in experimental and innovative programming exemplified in masterworks by Abel, Bartók, Finger, Marais, Schaffrath & more…continue reading…


NEW COMMA BAROQUE & THE MARION CONSORT PRESENT CINCO DE MAYO! MUSIC OF THE MEXICAN BAROQUE FROM NUEVA ESPAÑA

Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange‘s artists-in-residence New Comma Baroque, in collaboration with the Marion Consort and Northwestern University musicologist Drew Davies, celebrates the vocal and instrumental musical traditions of Mexico in an exciting program…continue reading…

For a comprehensive listing of all concerts performed by Phillip Serna, please visit www.phillipwserna.com/concerts.

Upcoming Workshops

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 2018 9-11AM & 12:30-2:30PM – MILWAUKEE VIOLA DA GAMBA MINI-WORKSHOP & PLAY-DAY 

In conjunction with October 13th Concord Chamber Orchestra Dolmetsch & Abel program and the October 14th Early Music Now Telemann Viol Fantasia fundraiser, the VdGS 3rd Coast‘s Phillip Serna is organizing a coached mini-workshop & play-day in Milwaukee. If you plan to come or register for the coached portion of the day, please RSVP to workshops AT vdgs3rdcoast.org.

Workshop Address: Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Whitefish Bay, WI
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