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The French Connection

New Comma Baroque Presents The French Connection – Music of the French Baroque

New Comma Baroque‘s Phillip Serna and Emily Katayama return as artists-in-residence at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange with our energetic and virtuosic program “The French Connection,” featuring the viola da gamba & harpsichord in works by Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, Le Sieur DuBuisson, Marin Marais & Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe.

New Comma Baroque at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:00PM
https://goo.gl/zEZvuZ
$20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, Free Under 18
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Art of Music

Art of Music Presents Bach – Fathers & Sons for Early Music America’s Early Music Month 2018

Early Music Month 2018Harpsichordist Yollanda​ Bornhoff is joined by gambist Phillip Serna as 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 2018!

Music at First Concert Series
First United Church of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL
Saturday, March 17, 2018 7:30PM
https://goo.gl/5dLjxA
$20 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Free Under 18
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The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents Viols March Madness for Early Music America’s Early Music Month 2018

The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents Viols March Madness for Early Music America‘s Early Music Month 2018

Early Music Month 2018

As part of Early Music America‘s Early Music Month 2018, the Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast will be providing a venue for all members and their ensembles to perform a musical offering in a low-stress, supportive environment. Is it an open mic, musicale, salon, recital, dress rehearsal? Yes! Performers from beginner to professional are welcome to workshop a short piece or two among friends. From solo repertoire to consort music, from the Renaissance & Baroque to Contemporary music, hear performers spanning the breadth of the Great Lakes region including professional ensembles, soloists, amateurs & student groups including programs at Adlai E. Stevenson High School Baroque Ensemble & Viol Consort, the J.S. Bach Academy of Music’s Bach Academy Viols, Music Institute of Chicago & Valparaiso University. Free and open to viol players and their guests. Doors open at 3:00 PM for tuning and warm-up with ‘after-hours’ consorts for even more madness! The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast & Early Music America – building stronger communities through Early Music! 

The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast
Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, IL
Saturday, March 24, 2018 4:00PM
3:00 PM set-up, tuning & warm-up with 4-6 program ‘after-hours’ consorts!
Free and open to viol players and their guests
https://goo.gl/7Fw5EN
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J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School

The J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School Presents a Renaissance Master Class Featuring Brandeis University’s Sarah Mead and the Bach Academy Viols

Free and open to the public, the J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School presents award-winning Brandeis University faculty Sarah Mead in a Renaissance music master class working with our Bach Academy Viols. If you have never heard Renaissance chamber music and want to learn more about viola da gamba, viol consorts, historically-informed performance, and experience our unique programs at The Bach Academy please visit https://www.thebachacademy.org/the-bach-academy-viols/. ​

J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School
Graciously supported by funds from the J.S. Bach Academy
Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:30PM
J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL
Free and Open to the Public
https://goo.gl/egry5Y
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Music Institute of Chicago Viola da Gamba Class

The Music Institute of Chicago Presents Consort Mechanics Featuring Brandeis University’s Sarah Mead

Free and open to the public, Music Institute of Chicago’s Phillip Serna presents award-winning Brandeis University faculty Sarah Mead in an interactive presentation on the mechanics of consort music. Bring your viol for an afternoon of music-making and learning with one of the top Early Music specialists in the country! For more information on viola da gamba and viol consort programs at the Music Institute of Chicago, please visit https://www.musicinst.org/viola-da-gamba-repertory-and-technique-ages-14-adult.

The Music Institute of Chicago – Evanston East
Graciously supported by a departmental grant by the Music Institute of Chicago
Sunday, April 6, 2018 3:00PM
The Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston East Campus, Evanston, IL
Bring Your Viol, Free and Open to the Public
https://goo.gl/RArXqD
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Chicago Recorder Quartet with the Adlai E. Stevenson Baroque Ensemble & Viol Consorts

The Chicago Recorder Quartet joins the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Baroque Ensemble & Viol Consorts under the direction of Enrique Vilaseco & Phillip Serna

The Chicago Recorder Quartet joins the students and faculty of the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Baroque Ensemble & Viol Consorts in an evening of Early Music ranging from J.S. Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto to works by Heinichen, Corelli, et al. Under the direction of Enrique Vilaseco & Dr. Phillip Serna, Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s premiere historically-Informed performance ensembles present 16th through 18th-century instrumental music on period instruments for viols, theorboes, historical keyboards and strings.

Adlai E. Stevenson High School Period-Instrument Baroque Ensemble & Viol Consorts with the Chicago Recorder Consort
Adlai E. Stevenson High School Recital Hall, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
https://goo.gl/hj55kF
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New Music for Viola da Gamba

Phillip Serna Joins Composer Sarah Davachi Performing her Trio for Violin, Viola da Gamba & Electronics

Canadian composer Sarah Davachi returns to Lampo and presents work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba and electronics that was first premiered in Los Angeles at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in October 2017. Based upon variously displaced melodic movements that were originally developed through a series of improvisations for pipe organ, this piece attempts to balance instances of consonance and dissonance, both in frequency content and physical gesture between its three players. The open strings of the violin and viola da gamba—a Renaissance-Baroque instrument with seven strings tuned in a manner similar to the lute and modern guitar—are often isolated in order to fully emphasize the natural harmonics of the resonating body. The electronic component, originally derived from an EMS Synthi synthesizer, reinforces many of these pitches but occupies a subtle and unstable presence in the mix, slightly blurring the source of the effect.

The Lampo Series Presents Composer Sarah Davachi
Graham Foundation, Madlener House, Chicago, IL
Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
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A Bohemian Rhapsody

New Comma Baroque Presents A Bohemian Rhapsody – Music of the Czech Baroque

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Sunday, May 6, 2018 3:00PM
Link Coming Soon
$20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, Free Under 18
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Black Tulip at the Musicians Club of Women!

Black Tulip at the Musicians Club of Women!

Musicians Club of Women Presents Black Tulip 
Rev. John Buchanan Chapel, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Friday, June 1, 2018 12:10PM
https://goo.gl/gFWnE4

The VdGS 3rd Coast Workshop/ Whitewater Early Music Festival

Phillip Serna joins the Faculty of the VdGS 3rd Coast Workshop/ Whitewater Early Music Festival 2018

Whitewater Early Music FestivalPhillip Serna joins Kate Shuldiner & Lisa Terry as viola da gamba faculty of the Viola da Gamba Society 3rd CoastWhitewater Early Music Festival 2018 merging both annual workshops in order to provide more opportunities to both communities. The Whitewater Early Music Festival is a mixed-instrument workshop featuring classes for all levels from beginning to advanced: from recorders to reeds and wind band instruments (inc. crumhorns, racketts, shawms & sackbutts), viol consorts, and voices. There will be vendor exhibits, informal late-night playing sessions, an all-festival ending concert, and so much more. Come for the weekend and leave with a lifetime of music friends. What could be better?! For programming & scholarship opportunities, visit http://www.whitewaterearlymusic.org/

Whitewater Early Music Festival 2018
The Greenhill Center of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 
Friday-Sunday June 1-3, 2018

The Madison Early Music Festival

Phillip Serna joins the Faculty of the Madison Early Music Festival 2018

Phillip Serna joins the viola da gamba faculty of the Madison Early Music Festival for 2018’s A Cabinet of Curiosities: Journey to Lübeck. MEMF was created in 2000 to provide an opportunity for musicians, scholars, teachers, and early music enthusiasts to gather and exchange information and ideas about medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music, and to bring acclaimed early music artists to the Midwest to perform in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. There are opportunities for everyone, from those who simply enjoy listening to concerts and lectures to early music scholars, along with performance opportunities for amateurs and professionals. All listeners, singers, players, and dancers are welcome! For programming & scholarship opportunities, visit https://memf.artsinstitute.wisc.edu/ in spring 2018.

Madison Early Music Festival 2018 – A Cabinet of Curiosities: Journey to Lübeck
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, Madison, WI
July 7-14, 2018

New Comma Baroque‘s 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) and published in a period when the viol was already out of fashion in Europe, Telemann’s unique fantasias encompass a plethora of forms – both old and new, inspired by the Polish and Moravian music of his early career, filled with techniques spanning fugal writing to elements of the rondo and concerto, straddling the High Baroque and the galant. Join New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna honoring the music of Telemann! There’s Bach in the Subways, and now there’s TeleMannia!

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Coming Fall 2018!

Rudolph Dolmetsch Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra, 1941

New Comma Baroque‘s 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.

The Concord Chamber Orchestra Under the Direction of Jamin Hoffman
Saint Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, WI
Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:30PM

New Comma Baroque & the Marion Consort Present Cinco de Mayo! Music of the Mexican Baroque from Nueva España

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 – coming spring 2019!

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Coming Spring 2019!

Phillip Serna's Concerts

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