Black Tulip Launches it’s 2017-18 Season Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation!

Lutheran Church of the Ascension’s One Tree, Many Branches Series Presents Black Tulip with Special Guest David Schrader “Reformation Music from Martin Luther to Bach & Telemann”
Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Northfield, IL
Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:00PM

Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn Presents Black Tulip “Tulipmania: Music, Art, Politics, and Society in the Dutch Golden Age”
Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, Grayslake, IL
Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:00PM

Musicians Club of Women Presents Black Tulip 
Rev. John Buchanan Chapel, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Friday, June 1, 2018 12:10PM

The Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols Returns with a Special Program in Honor of Narodowego Święta Niepodległości/ Polish National Independence Day

The 17th century was filled with dramatic political and artistic turmoil in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. From the Dresden-influenced Chapel Royal in Warsaw to the rise of Poland’s own native masters, instrumental music began its ascension as evidenced through the viola bastarda compositions of Adam Jarzębski. Beginning his career at the court of John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg in Berlin, Jarzębski would become a major musical figure in the courts of Sigismund III Vasa and Władysław IV. Examining this unique and virtually unknown repertoire, the Spirit of Gambo presents a virtuoso program of music from Jarzębski’s 1627 Canzoni é Concerti.

Saint James Chapel at The Quigley Center’s Second Sunday Series
Saint James Chapel, The Quigley Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:00PM
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Rudolph Dolmetsch Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra, 1941

Phillip Serna Performs the Rudolph Dolmetsch Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra, 1941

Rudolph Dolmetsch (1906-1942), second child of Early Music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch, was an accomplished composer, keyboardist, and is regarded as the first modern viola da gamba virtuoso. After entering the Royal College of Music in 1936, Rudolph’s compositions turned from a focus on smaller chamber and solo works towards larger symphonic compositions. His Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra was completed April 21, 1941 at Elbridge Gun Site, Chichester. Tragically, it was to be among his last works as he drowned at sea when the Ceramic was torpedoed off the Azores by German forces in 1942. The Concertino was first realized by Leyton Ring for publication in 1992, received its world premiere in Newcastle, UK in 1993, published by PRB Productions in 1995 and later received its U.S. premiere by New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna in 2010.

Lake Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra Under the Direction of Burke Lokey 
John and Dede Howard Performing Arts Center, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:00PM
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The Adlai E. Stevenson Community Orchestra Under the Direction of Enrique Vilaseco
Performing Arts Center, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:00PM
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The Art of Music Presents Bach: Fathers & Sons for Early Music America’s Early Music Month 2018

Harpsichordist Yollanda​ Bornhoff is joined by gambist Phillip Serna as the Art of Music presents a special program exploring the music of the Bach family. From the grand patriarch Johann Sebastian to Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedmann  to the U.S. premiere of a previously unknown work by Johann Christian, ‘Bach: Fathers & Sons’ explores the depth and scope of their music for viola da gamba and harpsichord as part of Early Music America’s Early Music Month!

Music at First Concert Series
First United Church of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL
Saturday, March 17, 2018 7:30PM

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

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