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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 Events

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BASSISTS PRESENTS PHILLIP SERNA’S ‘THE GREAT DOOBLE BASS’ – MUSIC FOR VIOLONE & VIOLS

Phillip Serna & Jessica Powell Eig, along with Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Historical Peformance Institute’s Joanna Blendulf, are joined by Christopher Burrus, Michał Bylina, Patrick Erickson & Eric Fisher presenting a special concert at the 2019 International Society of Bassists Convention featuring works for Violone including the complete works by Orlando Gibbons for the ‘Great Dooble Bass’ alongside works by East, Hume, Lupo & Ferrabosco’s Fantasia for 6 Basses!

Ford-Crawford Hall, Bess Meshulam Simon Music Library & Recital Center, Barbara & David H. Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:00AM
http://bit.ly/ISBConvention2019TheGreatDoobleBass6_6_2019

 
Join us for this one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience – Rabbis David Cohen, Cantor Richard Newman &  Jody Hirsh reenact a Kabbalat Shabbat Service c. 1600 with music of Salamone Rossi followed by a period-appropriate Shabbat Dinner featuring a re-enactment of a 16th Century rabbinical debate. Performers include Milwaukee’s Aperi Animam, gambists Eric Miller, Charlie Rasmussen & Phillip Serna, lutanist Tim Sterner Miller and recorder performers David Ackerman, Brett Lipschutz & Linda Seigel.
 
Congregation Sinai – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00PM
 
Northwestern University Henry & Leigh Bienen School of Music's Symphonic Wind Ensemble 50th Anniversary Celebration
 
Since 1969 the Northwestern’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, founded and originally directed by John P. Paynter, has developed and maintained a reputation for innovation and artistry. In celebration of this special occasion, Mallory Thompson welcomes back SWE alumni from all over the world for a weekend of music and fellowship. More than 150 SWE alumni from virtually every major orchestra and military ensemble will perform a program of wind masterworks and ensemble favorites by composers including Arnold, Bach, Handel, Hindemith, Holst, Lauridsen, Maslanka, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Whitacre. 
 
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Sunday, June 9, 2019 7:30PM
http://bit.ly/NorthwesternSWE50thCelebration6_9_2019
Free & Open to the Public
 

5th Wave Collective presents: Orchestral Evolutions Orchestral Evolutions marks the finale of their inaugural season, featuring Amy Beach’s Magnificent Gaelic Symphony alongside works by Rene Orth and Errollyn Wallen and their first Call for Scores winner, Katerina Gimon’s Ice Forms.

Mary Patricia Gannon Gannon Concert Hall, Dennis H. Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:00PM
http://bit.ly/5thWaveCollectiveOrchestralEvolutions6_13_2019
$10 Standard, $8 Student, $8 Senior, $5 Child

 
 
 

Upcoming Events


MORE VIOLMEDIUM  CONCERTS COMING SOON!


MORE NEW COMMA BAROQUE CONCERTS COMING SOON!

Performing with Black Tulip
MORE BLACK TULIP CONCERTS COMING SOON!


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

PHILLIP SERNA RETURNS TO THE WHITEWATER EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY-SUNDAY MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2019 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast is pleased to continue our partnership with the Whitewater Early Music Festival in May 2019! The festival features fantastic line up of some of the best Early Music teachers in all the US – led by viola da gamba faculty Kate Shuldiner with special guests Julie Elhard & Joanna Blendulf as Phillip Serna works with Beginner Viols… continue reading…