is a Philadelphia-based chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing music of the Revolutionary era, roughly 1760 to 1825. Our repertory ranges from duos and trios to large-scale chamber works combining strings and winds, such as the imaginative symphony arrangements that were so popular around 1800, to concertos, cantatas, and concert arias. 2019-2020 season highlights include guest appearances at Kenyon College and the University of Pennsylvania’s “Music at the Pavilion” Series. Recent engagements include the PhilaLandmarks Early Music Concert Series and the Early Music at St. James series in Lancaster.
Our musicians are among the country's leading players specializing in historically-informed performance. They perform with and hold leadership positions in many prominent period-instrument ensembles, including Philadelphia's Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and Franklin Quartet, and, farther afield, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Kleine Kammermusik, NYS Baroque, and the Washington Bach Consort.
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Steven Zohn performs on historical flutes with many ensembles in the eastern United States. He holds principal positions with the Philadelphia Bach Collegium and NYS Baroque, and other recent performing engagements include appearances with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Dryden Ensemble, and Tempesta di Mare. Among his latest recordings are a world premiere of Telemann’s moral cantatas with soprano Julianne Baird, chamber music from Sara Levy’s Berlin salon with the Raritan Players, and orchestral music by Telemann with Tempesta di Mare.
For a decade, Zohn served as founding Artistic Director of the period-instrument orchestra Publick Musick in New York State. His most recent organizational venture was a city-wide concert festival in Philadelphia, in partnership with Tempesta di Mare, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death. He has taught for The Juilliard School’s graduate program in historical performance and for Amherst Early Music, and his contributions to the study and performance of early music was recognized by the American Musicological Society with its Noah Greenberg Award.
As a musicologist, Zohn is a recognized authority on the music of Telemann and the Bach family. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the German Academic Exchange Service. His book Music for a Mixed Taste: Style, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann’s Instrumental Works (Oxford University Press, 2008) received the William H. Scheide Prize of the American Bach Society. In the Telemann year of 2017, he organized an international scholarly conference on the composer’s vocal music, the first such event held outside Germany. Zohn is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music History at Temple University.
Heather miller Lardin
Heather Miller Lardin enjoys a diverse career performing and teaching on historical and modern double basses and viola da gamba. In Philadelphia, she appears with Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and nearby Brandywine Baroque. Other recent engagements have brought Heather to perform with the Staunton Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Dryden Ensemble, NYS Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music. From 2006-2013 she served as Artistic Director of the Ithaca, NY-based period instrument ensemble NYS Baroque.
As director of the Temple University Early Music Ensemble, Heather leads viol and recorder consorts, voices, lutes, and Baroque ensembles. She also directs the annual Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop held each January in Old City Philadelphia and Camden. In January 2018, Lardin launched an in-school Suzuki double bass program sponsored by Musicopia at Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia. In her home studio, she teaches Suzuki double bass and viola da gamba to young students with her two Maine Coon cats assisting.
Heather is the editor of the early bass feature “Rumblings” in Bass World, the journal of the International Society of Bassists (ISB), and regularly presents lectures and recitals at the ISB’s biannual conventions. She serves on the faculty of the Curtis Young Artists Summerfest and on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association.
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe
Daniel Elyar, viola
Rebecca Harris, violin
Marika Holmqvist, violin
Rebecca Humphrey, cello
Heather Miller Lardin, violone
Steven Zohn, Flute