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

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October 4, 2017

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.

The Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols – Jennifer Barron, Kyle Besetzny, Phillip W. Serna & Cella Westray, viols & Andrew Fredel, organ

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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The Spirit of Gambo is a Chicago-area viol consort founded by Ken Perlow, Phillip Serna & Russell Wagner in 2006. We are a versatile chamber group focusing on the rich consort repertoire for violas da gamba – from early works of the 15th-century, to the rich English consort traditions of 16th & 17th-century, to varied continental styles and complex virtuosic works, to challenging contemporary music for viols as well. Our membership consists of prominent historically-informed performance scholars and pedagogues alongside performers representing a variety of period-instrument ensembles around the greater Midwest.

“I Doe not studie Eloquence, or profess Musicke, although I doe love Sence, and affect Harmony: my Profession being, as my Education hath beene, Armes, the onely effeminate part of me, hath beene Musicke; which in mee hath beene alwayes Generous, because never Mercenarie. To prayse Musicke, were to say, the Sunne is bright. To extoll my selfe, would name my labors vaine glorious. Onely this, my studies are far from servile imitations, I robbe no others inventions, I take no Italian Note to an English dittie, or filch fragments of Songs to stuffe out my volumes. There are mine own Phansies expressed by my proper Genius, which if thou dost dislike, let me see thine…”

– Captaine Tobias Hume, Composer of the the Spirit of Gambo, from the Musicall Humours (1605) –


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured with Black Tulip on Live from WFMT, May 1, 2017

Black Tulip

Tulipmania -Music, Art, Politics, and Society in the Dutch Golden Age

Black Tulip presents ‘Tulipmania’ May 1st 2017 on Live from WFMT at WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio at the Renée Crown Public Media Center. Tulipmania looks at the cultural and political events during the peak of Dutch power during the 17th and early 18th centuries. The Dutch protestant north was a bastion of religious tolerance and personal freedom, while the rest of the continent was embroiled in civil wars, and the disastrous 30-Year’s War. The new-found prosperity of this emerging capitalist society encouraged the development of the arts, and provided a large and receptive market for the musical and artistic productions of other countries as well. Experience music of native composers as well as foreign composers who were well known is the Low Countries. Tulipmania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed.

For more information on Live from WFMT, visit http://blogs.wfmt.com/livefromwfmt/2017/05/01/black-tulip/. For more information on Black Tulip, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BlackTulipEarlyMusic & on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BlackTulipEM.


PRESS RELEASE – New Comma Baroque Presents Phillip Serna Performing Somewhere in Time: Telemann’s ‘Lost’ 12 Fantasias for Solo Viol, 1735

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February 19, 2017

New Comma Baroque Presents Phillip Serna Performing 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. As part of Early Music America‘s Early Music Month 2017and Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne/ European Early Music Network’s European Day of Early Music 2017, join New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna honoring the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death! There’s Bach in the Subways, and now there’s TeleMannia!

Telemannia: The Complete Viol Fantasias – Early Music Month 2017 – The Trinity Concert Series
Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL
Friday, March 10, 2017 7:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
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Telemannia: The Complete Viol Fantasias – Early Music Month 2017 – Mercy Conference and Retreat Center
Mercy Center Chapel, Mercy Conference and Retreat Center, St. Louis, MO
Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:00PM
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TeleMannia: The Complete Viol Fantasias – Early Music Month 2017 – North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Series
Roy Y. & Margaret Koten Chapel at the Ben & Bess Kiekhofer Hall
North Central College, Naperville, IL
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
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TeleMannia: The Complete Viol Fantasias – European Day of Early Music & Early Music Month 2017 – Valparaiso University Department of Music Faculty Series
Duesenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:30PM
Free and Open to the Public
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Worldwide livestreaming at – https://www.facebook.com/TeleMannia/
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Dr. Phillip W. Serna - Performer & Teacher of Double Bass & Violas da Gamba

PHILLIP W. SERNA performs on double bass with numerous Midwest orchestras as well as on violas da gamba with period-instrument Early Music ensembles including Black Tulip, Burning River Baroque, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort of Viols, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, and many others. He has appeared on WFMT Chicago 98.7FM, Wisconsin Public Radio WPR, Milwaukee Public Radio 98.7FM, and 91.9FM WUIS Public Radio and can be heard on film scores by Andrew Edwards, Scott Glasgow, and Kubilay Üner alongside CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records. As a soloist, Dr. Serna was the 1st American gambist to perform all of Telemann’s newly-discovered 1735 Viola da Gamba Fantasias in 2017, performing Johann Gottlieb Graun’s Concerto for Violin & Viola da Gamba in 2014, performing the U.S. premiere of Rudolph Dolmetsch’s Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra in 2012, and continuing to premiere concerti, perform recitals and championing a variety of new works for the viol. Phillip maintains a private teaching studio stretching across the greater Chicago-area where he teaches double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, double bass at North Central College, viola da gamba and viol consort at the Music Institute of Chicago, is assistant director and sponsor of viol consorts and Illinois’ first public-school period-instrument Baroque ensemble and viol consort at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Committed to community engagement and educational outreach, Phillip is founder and music director of Viols in Our Schools, an Early Music program whose impact earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award in 2010 and their Early Music Month prize for 2016. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University School of Music where he studied viola da gamba with Newberry Consort founder Mary Springfels.

Phillip Serna performs on a 7-string bass viol ‘Natalia La Reveuse – The Dreamer’ (after Colichon) by Jane Julier, Devon, UK, #129, 2007.

Sample Telemann’s Fantasia No.6 in G-Major (1735), TWV 40:31 https://soundcloud.com/phillipwserna/georg-philipp-telemann-1681-1767-fantasia-no6-in-g-major-1735-twv-4031

New Comma Baroque has gained a reputation for combining education and fun through their inventive programming. The ensemble has been praised for their “gusto” and “lively and intense performances” (John W. Barker, Isthmus, The Daily Page), playing across the Midwest, in addition to Boston and New York City.

New Comma Baroque is a program of the Renovo Music Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization. More information can be found at www.newcommabaroque.org and www.renovomusicalliance.org.

TeleMannia


PRESS RELEASE – New Comma Baroque Presents From Prussia with Love – Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great

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February 19, 2017

From Prussia with Love

New Comma Baroque Presents From Prussia with Love – Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great

Early Music Month 2017As part of Early Music America‘s Early Music Month 2017New Comma Baroque celebrates our 1st season as artists-in-residence at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with an exploration of music-making at the court of Frederick the Great with a virtuosic program featuring works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach alongside gems by Karl Heinrich Graun, Johann Christian Hertel, Ernst Christian Hesse and Johann Joachim Quantz.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:00PM
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$20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, Free Under 18
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General admission tickets are $20, with special rates for seniors and students.

New Comma Baroque has gained a reputation for combining education and fun through their inventive programming. The ensemble has been praised for their “gusto” and “lively and intense performances” (John W. Barker, Isthmus, The Daily Page), playing across the Midwest, in addition to Boston and New York City.

New Comma Baroque is a program of the Renovo Music Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization. More information can be found at www.newcommabaroque.org and www.renovomusicalliance.org.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured with New Comma Baroque on Live from WFMT, January 30, 2017

Georg Philipp Telemann

On January 30, 2017, WFMT presented New Comma Baroque’s program ‘Telemann’s Travels: The Eclecticism, Diversity, and Virtuosity of Telemann‘ on Live from WFMT hosted by Kerry Frumkin.  Telemann’s Travels is a delightful and delectable journey through vividly virtuosic solo & chamber music, filled with French, Italian, German and Polish flavors, encapsulating the travels of one of the 18th century’s most prolific composers: Georg Philipp Telemann. Telemann’s Travels features selections of some of the composer’s most well-known works for Baroque flute, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, including music from Der getreue Music-Meister (Hamburg, 1728 -29), the Six quatuors a violon, flute, viole ou violoncello et basse continue (Hamburg, 1730, Paris, 1736), the Nouveaux quatuors en six suites a une flute traversiere, un violon, une basse de viole ou violoncelle et basse (Paris, 1738), the Essercizii Musici overo Dodesci Soli e Dodeci Trii à diversi stromenti (Hamburg, before 1740), and excerpts from the newly-discovered Fantasias for solo viol – not heard since the 1730s!

Performers: Leighann Daihl Ragusa, traverso, Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Katayama, harpsichord

For more information on New Comma Baroque’s program, sample Telemann’s Travels: The Eclecticism, Diversity, and Virtuosity of Telemann. For more information on Live from WFMT, visit http://blogs.wfmt.com/livefromwfmt/2017/01/30/new-comma-baroque-perform-telemann/. For more information on New Comma Baroque, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NewCommaBaroque/ & on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NewCommaBaroque.


PRESS RELEASE – New Comma Baroque Announces Residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange

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November 27, 2016

New Comma Baroque at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of LaGrange New Comma Baroque, the Chicago-based early music ensemble, is honored to announce its residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange. The partnership signifies the ensemble’s dedication to bringing music directly into the communities, as well as making historically informed performance accessible to audiences.

“Words cannot convey our enthusiasm about this exciting opportunity at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. We are grateful to expand our relationship with music director George Tarasuk, seeing this as a wonderful opportunity to expose audiences to historically-informed performance on period instruments. We are pleased to contribute to a such a musically vibrant community as we have here at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, ” Dr. Phillip W. Serna, New Comma Baroque’s viola da gambist and coordinator said. Agreed George Tarasuk, Director of Music at Emmanuel Episcopal, “This partnership will greatly enhance Emmanuel’s commitment to the arts. Besides adding beauty to our worship, New Comma Baroque will widen Emmanuel’s performance offerings to the community and greatly complement our Kensington Art Center’s String program for neighborhood youth.” 

As Artists-in-Residence, New Comma Baroque will present “Winter Revelry,” a Christmas concert, on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00PM and “From Prussia with Love: Virtuosity from the Court of Frederick the Great” on Sunday March 19, 2017 at 3:00PM

Winter Revelry – A New Comma Baroque Christmas

New Comma Baroque has gained a reputation for combining education and fun through their inventive programming. The ensemble has been praised for their “gusto” and “lively and intense performances” (John W. Barker, Isthmus, The Daily Page), playing across the Midwest, in addition to Boston and New York City.

New Comma Baroque is a program of the Renovo Music Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization. More information can be found at www.newcommabaroque.org and www.renovomusicalliance.org.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured with Burning River Baroque on WCLV 104.9 Ideastream, November 9,2016

Twisted Fate - Famed and Forgotten Female Composers

On November 9th, 2016, Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9 broadcast Burning River Baroque’s Music from the Western Reserve program “Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers” on their program Cleveland Ovations:

The history of western art music predominantly focuses on the lives and works of male teachers, composers, and performers. In eras when women rarely had access to the same educational and professional opportunities as their male colleagues, it can be easy to presume that women were simply not as productive and successful in the field. A closer look at history, however, reveals that some women in the past were able to rise above the gender restrictions placed on them and achieved great success as professional musicians. Others led more private professional lives cloistered in abbeys and composing for their fellow sisters. Burning River Baroque will present a program that blends works of both the famous and forgotten female composers from antiquity to the present, including Hildegard von Bingen, Jacquet de la Guerre, Princess Anna Amalia, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, and Martha Bishop. “Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers” will explore the ways in which historical circumstances twisted the lives of some women into the spotlight and others into the shadows as well as their diverse portrayals of female characters.

Performers: Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano, Malina Rauschenfels,  Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Paula Maust, harpsichord & organ

 

For more information on Burning River Baroque’s Music from the Western Reserve program “Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers,” visit http://www.burning-river-baroque.org/. For more information about Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9 Ideastream and Cleveland Ovations, please visit http://www.ideastream.org/programs/cleveland-ovations.

Burning River Baroque


Press Release – The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents 2 Concerts Memorial Day Weekend 5/29

Press Release – The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents 2 Concerts Memorial Day Weekend 5/29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents 2 Concerts Memorial Day Weekend 5/29

May 19, 2016

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The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast presents 2 special programs May 29th in the Music Institute of Chicago’s beautiful Nichols Concert Hall: The Third Coast Viols (our Memorial Day Workshop faculty with the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols) will perform music by Taverner, Tye, Tallis, Byrd, Picforth, Ferrabosco, Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes & Purcell alongside contemporary works by Martha Bishop, Patrice Connelly and the premiere of Will Ayton’s Fantasy á4 on “In Nomine” (2015). Additionally, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols will present a special 10th anniversary mini-concert of intimate settings for 1-3 viols including music by Martha Bishop, David Goldstein, Thomas Tomkins and others.

Performers: The Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols & Friends – David Douglass, Ken Perlow, Gail Ann Schroeder, Phillip Serna, Kate Shuldiner, Connie Strait, & Russell Wagner, viols

Contact:

Dr. Phillip W. Serna, president
The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast
847.722.2093
concerts@vdgs3rdcoast.org
http://www.vdgs3rdcoast.org/

For more information on viola da gamba activities in greater Chicago-land, please visit the Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast at http://vdgs3rdcoast.org/3rdcoastconcerts/.

VdGS 3rd Coast - The Third Coast Viols in Concert: In Nomine - Viol Consorts from Taverner to Purcell & Beyond

The Third Coast Viols in Concert: In Nomine – Viol Consorts from Taverner to Purcell & Beyond  http://on.fb.me/1jDGczS
Sunday, May 29, 2016 7:30PM, Nichols Concert Hall, The Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL | $20 General Admission, $10 Students
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Sunday, May 29, 2016 6:30PM, Nichols Concert Hall Lobby, The Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL | Free
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Press Release – Viola da Gamba Benefit Concert for Naperville North Viols Featuring Johannes Schenck’s Nymphs of the Rhine 6/3

VdGS 3rd Coast – Special Benefit Concert: The Nymphs of the Rhine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Special Early Music Benefit Concert for Naperville North Viols Attracts High-Profile Guest Artists from Across the Country Performing the Virtuoso Nymphs of the Rhine for Violas da Gamba by Johannes Schenck

May 19, 2016

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Thanks to the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA)’s Consort Loan Program, Phillip Serna is partnering with Naperville North High School orchestra director Dana Green to start a viol consort program in Chicago’s western suburbs. However, we need YOUR help! In an effort to engage the community, raise awareness about our work, we are holding a benefit concert to raise money to purchase viols once the loan period is exhausted. The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast (VdGS Third Coast), New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna, the Naperville North High School Department of Music, and Grounds for Hope Cafe at Trinity Lutheran Church will present a showcase attracting top viol players from across the Midwest – and indeed the country – to marathon Schenck’s complete Nymphs of the Rhine. Please help us build a presence for Early Music in the western suburbs and consider giving!

Performers: Mary Anne Ballard (Baltimore Consort, Galileo’s Daughters, et al), Russell Bookout, James Lambert (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Catacoustic Consort), Eric Miller (Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble), Gail Ann Schroeder (Baroque and Beyond, Columbia Baroque, et al), & Phillip Serna (New Comma Baroque, Black Tulip, et al), bass viols

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Friday, June 3, 2016 7:00PM, 
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Dr. Phillip W. Serna, president
The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast
847.722.2093
concerts@vdgs3rdcoast.org
http://www.vdgs3rdcoast.org/

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Press Release – Phillip Serna Performs ‘The Viola da Gamba UNLEASHED’ at Classical Revolution Chicago’s Constellation Series 11/25

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Classical Revolution Presents Viola da Gamba Unleashed at ConstellationNovember 6, 2015

Classical Revolution Chicago Constellation Series – http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/958373-classical-revolution-phillip-chicago/

November 25th, Phillip Serna joins Classical Revolution Chicago’s Series at Constellation Chicago in a riveting program, the “Viola da gamba UNLEASHED!” Indulge in a flavorful mixology of stunning music by Carl Friedrich Abel, Rudolph Dolmetsch, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe alongside the virtuosic Serna Suite (2009) by Martha Bishop, Distilled (2010) by Eliza Brown, Undercurrents (2010) by Lynn Gumert, and a few surprises beyond!

Join us afterwards for Classical Revolution Chicago’s open sight-reading jam session with music by Johann Pfeiffer & Georg Philipp Telemann!

From Constellation Chicago’s website:

Classical Revolution Chicago brings chamber music out of the concert hall and into the neighborhoods of Chicago. One popular venture has been the open sight-reading jam session. CR is excited to bring this fun and community-building series to Constellation.

Phillip Serna performs on double bass with many Midwestern orchestras as well as on viola da gambas with ensembles including Black Tulip, Burning River Baroque, Harmonie, the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort of Viols, the Secret of the Muses, the Spirit of Gambo, and many others. Phillip has appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio and WUIS NPR and can be heard on CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records. Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, Phillip teaches double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, viola da gamba and viol consort at the Music Institute of Chicago, is assistant director & sponsor of viol consorts and Illinois’ first public-school period-instrument Baroque ensemble at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and is music director of the Early Music outreach program Viols in Our Schools – which earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award for 2010.

“smooth & polished…” – Centerstage.net

Classical Revolution Chicago Constellation Series
Constellation, 3111 North. Western, Chicago, IL 60618
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 6:00 PM
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Free Admission, 18 and Over Only

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

Contact:

Dr. Phillip W. Serna
847.722.2093
phillip@phillipwserna.com
http://www.phillipwserna.com/


In the News – Viols in Our Schools’ Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured on A Tempo with Rachel Katz on WWFM, October 10, 2015

Phillip Serna - Viola da Gamba 2015 - Alex BelisleOn October 10th 2015, Dr. Phillip W. Serna was interviewed on  WWFM Classical‘s current-events program A Tempo with Rachel Katz discussing his outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools.’ During the program, Dr. Serna also discussed New Comma Baroque, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, Adlai E. Stevenston High School’s Baroque Ensemble & Viol Consort, as well as endeavors to expand access to viols at Naperville North High School thanks to the VdGSA‘s consort loan program.

From WWFM Classical‘s A Tempo with Rachel Katz:

October 10

Guests: Phillip W. Serna, Founder, Viols in our Schools; Jason Tramm, Artistic Director, Mid-Atlantic Opera.”

To download the interview, click here. For more information about A Tempo with Rachel Katz, visit http://www.wwfm.org/webcasts_katz.shtml. For Viols in Our Schools, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/.

The photo above was taken by photographer Alex Belisle.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured with Black Tulip on Live from WFMT, May 11, 2015

Black TulipLet Us Howl!

Black Tulip presented ‘Let Us Howl!’ May 11th, 2015 on Live from WFMT at WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio in an exciting and virtuosic program of works by Bartoloméo da Selma y Salaverde, Carolus Hacquart, George Frideric Handel, Robert Johnson, Nicola Matteis, Henry Purcell, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Antonio Vivaldi!

For more information on Live from WFMT, visit http://blogs.wfmt.com/livefromwfmt/2015/05/11/joel-spears-lute-et-al-with-soprano-in-a-baroque-program/. For more information on Black Tulip, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BlackTulipEarlyMusic & on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BlackTulipEM

 


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured with New Comma Baroque on WUIS Public Radio, June 12, 2013

WUIS/ NPR from the Suggs Performance  Studio - New Comma Baroque, May 30th, 2013

On June 12th, 2013, WUIS Springfield released Karl Scroggin’s May 30th preview performance of New Comma Baroque’s Peoria Bach Festival program ‘Telemann’s Travels: The Eclecticism, Diversity, and Virtuosity of Telemann‘ via iTunes.  This performance includes Telemann’s  Quartet No.2 in a-minor from Nouveaux quatuors en six suites a une flute traversiere, un violon, une basse de viole ou violoncelle et basse (Paris, 1738), the delightful “Gulliver’s Travels” Suite for Two Violins,  the Concerto No.2 in D-Major, TWV 43:D1 from Six quatuors a violon, flute, viole ou violoncello et basse continue (Hamburg, 1730, Paris 1736),  the Fantasie in C-Major for Harpsichord, TWV 33:14, the Fantasia No.7 in D-Major for Flute without Bass, TWV 40:2-13 and the Concerto No.2 in D-Major, TWV 43:D1 from Six quatuors a violon, flute, viole ou violoncello et basse continue (Hamburg, 1730, Paris, 1736).

Performers: Matthew C. Cataldi & Peter Lekx, Baroque violins, Leighann R. Daihl, traverso, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Katayama, harpsichord

For more information on New Comma Baroque’s program, sample Telemann’s Travels: The Eclecticism, Diversity, and Virtuosity of Telemann. For more information about WUIS Springfield, please visit http://www.wuis.org/.


Dr. Phillip W. Serna Joins the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Period Instrument Baroque Ensemble at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference 2013

Adlai E. Stevenson High School Baroque Ensemble with Dr. Phillip W. Serna & Director Enrique Vilaseco

Dr. Phillip W. Serna will join director Enrique Vilaseco and the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Period-Instrument Baroque Ensemble for a clinic at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL taking place December 18-21, 2013. The clinic, “The Making of H.I.P. (Historically-Informed Performance) Performers for the 21st Century,” will highlight Stevenson High School’s unique group of historically-informed performers featuring soloist and ensemble performances on Baroque strings and keyboards, demonstrating how performance practice can be taught at the high school level.

For detailed information on all of the events taking place at the Midwest Clinic, visit http://www.midwestclinic.org/. For information about Adlai E. Stevenson High School, director Enrique Vilaseco & their Period Instrument Baroque Ensemble, visit http://www.d125.org/clubs_and_activities/baroque_ensemble.aspx.

For information on New Comma Baroque’s collaborations with the Stevenson HS Baroque Ensemble, concerts & programs, visit  http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured on WUIS/ NPR, March 4th, 2013

WUIS/ NPR from the Suggs Performance  Studio - Phillip Serna And The Viola Da Gamba, March 4th, 2013

On March 4th, 2013, WUIS Springfield released Karl Scroggin’s November 5, 2012 interview and performance with Dr. Phillip W. Serna, entitled “Phillip Serna and the Viola Da Gamba” recorded in WUIS’ Suggs Performance  Studio.

To read the complete article or listen to Karl Scroggin’s interview and performance by Phillip W. Serna, please click here. For more information about WUIS Springfield, visit http://www.wuis.org/.


Dr. Phillip W. Serna Joins the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Period Instrument Baroque Ensemble at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference 2013

2013 Illinois Music Education Conference - Music in the Key of Change

On January 25th, Dr. Phillip W. Serna will join director Enrique Vilaseco and the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Period-Instrument Baroque Ensemble for a clinic and performance at the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association Conference ‘Music in the Key of Change’ at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL.

The morning clinic will highlight Stevenson High School’s unique group of historically-informed performers featuring soloist and ensemble performances on Baroque strings and keyboards, demonstrating how performance practice can be taught at the high school level. This clinic will occur 9:30-10:45 a.m. in CC-212/213. Later in the afternoon, Serna will join the ensemble in a program of J.S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi and a Concert Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann for Viola da Gamba, Strings & Continuo. This concert will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center in CC-134 from 2-3:15 p.m.

For detailed information on all of the events taking place at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference, please click here. For information about Adlai E. Stevenson High School, director Enrique Vilaseco & their Period Instrument Baroque Ensemble, visit http://www.d125.org/clubs_and_activities/baroque_ensemble.aspx.

For information on New Comma Baroque’s collaborations with the Stevenson HS Baroque Ensemble, concerts & programs, visit  http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, August 4th, 2012

NPR's Weekend Edition, August 4, 2012 - Gathering Of The Viols: The 50th Annual Viola Da Gamba Conclave

On August 4, 2012, Dr. Phillip W. Serna was featured as part of Jeff Lunden’s piece “Gathering Of The Viols: The 50th Annual Viola Da Gamba Conclave” covering the 50th Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

“Viola da gamba players are a special breed — a tiny subset in the already small world of early classical music. They rarely meet their own kind, but once a year they come together for a week in July at an annual jam session they call a conclave…”

To read the complete article or listen to Jeff Lunden’s piece, please click here. For more information about NPR, visit http://www.npr.org/. For the Viola da Gamba Society of America, visit http://www.vdgsa.org/.


Dr. Phillip W. Serna to Perform US Premiere of Rudolph Dolmetsch’s Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra (1941)

Rudolph Dolmetsch - Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra

Rudolph Dolmetsch’s Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra as Published by PRB Productions

The South Shore Orchestra, under the direction of Troy Webdell is joined by viola da gamba soloist Dr. Phillip Serna for the US premiere of Rudolph Dolmetsch’s Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra (1941). This program will occur October 5, 2012 at 7:00PM at Ivy Tech College in Valparaiso, IN . Also included on the program is the premiere of Michael Schelle’s “Exorcism of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and Beethoven Symphony No. 7.

Rudolph Dolmetsch (1906-1942), second child of Arnold Dolmetsch, completed his Concertino April 21, 1941 at Elbridge Gun Site, Chichester, a year before drowning at sea when the Ceramic was torpedoed off the Azores. The piece was realized by Leyton Ring for publication in 1992, received its world premiere in Newcastle, UK in 1993 and later was published by PRB Productions in 1995.

For more information on the Dolmetsch Concertino, please visit http://tinyurl.com/PRBDolmetsch & for more information on PRB Productions, please visit http://www.prbmusic.com/. For more information on Troy Webdell and the South Shore Orchestra, please visit http://www.southshoreorchestra.org/. For more information on Rudolph Dolmetsch, the Dolmetsch family, and their pioneering work in the Early Music revival, visit http://www.dolmetsch.com/Rudolph.htm.


Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured on Viola da Gamba on Schola Antiqua’s CD East Meets West

Schola Antiqua of Chicago: West Meets East: Sacred Music of the Torino Codex

Schola Antiqua of Chicago: West Meets East: Sacred Music of the Torino Codex
2010, Schola Antiqua of Chicago CDBY
Michael Alan Anderson, director

On November 10, 2010, Dr. Phillip W. Serna appeared on viola da gamba on Schola Antiqua of Chicago’s CD West Meets East: Sacred Music of the Torino Codex. For more information on Schola Antiqua of Chicago, visit http://www.chicagochant.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Interviewed on WUWM’s Lake Effect, October 12, 2010

On October 12, 2010, Dr. Phillip W. Serna was interviewed on Milwaukee 89.7 WUWM’s program Lake Effect discussing the viol, his outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools,’ and his October 16th, 2010  concerto performance with Milwaukee’s Concord Chamber Orchestra.

From WUWM’s Lake Effect:

“Dr. Phillip Serna played the viola da gamba in our performance studio, and was engineered by WUWM’s Jon Strelecki. Dr. Serna is on the faculty of music at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He spoke with Bonnie North. Serna will be the gamba soloist during the opening concert of the Concord Chamber Orchestra’s 35th season this Saturday evening at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa.”

This segment appeared again later on November 10th 2010 as part of a musical favorite’s episode. For more information about WUWM, visit http://www.wuwm.com/. For more information on the Concord Chamber Orchestra, please visit http://www.concordorchestra.org/. For Viols in Our Schools, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Receives The Early Music America Outreach Award for 2010

Early Music America

In June 2010, Early Music America awarded Dr. Phillip W. Serna  with the 2010 Outreach Award for his outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools.’ Here’s what was posted on Early Music America’s website:

(SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces the winners of its 2010 awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments in early music. These awards will be presented at the EMA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Berkeley Festival on June 11, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA.

Phillip Serna is the recipient of the Early Music Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. Phillip Serna is instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, and is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Early Music Department. Since its inception in 2006, Phillip Serna’s Viols in Our Schools program has worked to make period-instrument performance for viols a vital part of school communities in locations ranging from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Texas. With over 35 events and 80 hours of classroom time this season, these programs seek to educate, inform and inspire the next generation of early music enthusiasts, performers and scholars by presenting to students ranging from kindergarten through college age. Phillip has performed on double bass with many Midwest orchestras and on viols and vielle with early music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Chicago Early Music Consort, the Newberry Consort and the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols. Phillip received his Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied viol with Mary Springfels. Phillip is currently president of the Viola da Gamba Society Third Coast, the Chicago chapter of the VdGSA.

To read the complete press release article, please click here. For more information about the Early Music America, visit http://www.earlymusic.org/. For Viols in Our Schools, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Interviewed in Black Oak Presents, January 4, 2010

Back Oak Presents 1.4.2010 -  Interview with Dr. Phillip W. Serna

On January 4th 2010, Dr. Phillip W. Serna was interviewed by Black Oak Presents about his outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools.’ Originally printed in the Winter 2009 issue of Black Oak Presents, pg. 8-11, to read the article, please click here. For more information about Black Oak Media, visit http://www.blackoakmedia.org/. For Viols in Our Schools, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna and Duo fantaisie en Echo Featured in Valparaiso University’s The Torch, November 2009

Valparaiso University's the Torch, November 2009 -  Viol revitalized

In November 2009, Dr. Phillip W. Serna and his viol duo, Duo fantaisie en Echo, were featured in the Valparaiso University’s The Torch about their concert efforts and about his outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools.’ To read the article, please click here. For more information about the Valparaiso University’s The Torch, visit http://www.valpo.edu/. For Duo fantaisie en Echo, visit http://www.duoenecho.org/. For Viols in Our Schools, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured in the Naperville Sun, October 29, 2009

Naperville Sun, October 29,2009 -  Program brings viols into local high schools

On October 29, 2009, Dr. Phillip W. Serna was featured in the Naperville Sun about his outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools’ and his collaborative perforamance at Naperville north High School. To read the article, please click here. For more information about the Naperville Sun, visit http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/. For Viols in Our Schools, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


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