May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Metamorphoses: Musical Transformations

One of the most common stories told in music is that of metamorphosis or transformation – of themes developing during the course of a movement, of melodies reimagined through ornaments or variations, of borrowings from other composers repaid with musical interest, and of music transferred from one medium to another, as in the case of arrangements. In this program, we explore versions of this story through works spanning the mid-seventeenth century to the early romantic era, from Baltzar and Corelli through Haydn, Mozart, and Köhler.

Featured are Baltzar’s variations for violin on “John come kiss me now,” a Corelli sonata transferred to the flute and transformed by the embellishments of several eighteenth-century violinists, Haydn’s arrangements of traditional “Scots” songs, and arias from Mozart’s Magic Flute reimagined by Johann Wendt for instrumental chamber ensemble. Joining us will be three special guests, all well known to Philadelphia audiences: tenor James Reese, violinist Evan Few, and cellist Eve Miller.

This concert will be performed at Powel House as part of the PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series. No tickets required; pay what you wish at the door. To reserve your seat, click here.

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Oct
28
4:00 PM16:00

Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, & Boccherini, or "The Killer B's"

If you enjoy music by the traditional Three B’s – Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms – you’ll love our wide-ranging program of chamber music by the Four B’s: Bach (one of Johann Sebastian’s sons), Beethoven, Boccherini, and Brahms. Featured works include Beethoven’s beloved Serenade for flute, violin, and viola, Brahms’s “Hymn in Veneration of the Great Joachim,” and Boccherini’s string quintet in B-flat major with double bass.

No tickets required; pay what you wish at the door.

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Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, & Boccherini, or "The Killer B's"

If you enjoy music by the traditional Three B’s – Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms – you’ll love our wide-ranging program of chamber music by the Four B’s: Bach (one of Johann Sebastian’s sons), Beethoven, Boccherini, and Brahms. Featured works include Beethoven’s beloved Serenade for flute, violin, and viola, Brahms’s “Hymn in Veneration of the Great Joachim,” and Boccherini’s string quintet in B-flat major with double bass.

Saturday, October 27 2018 | 8:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
19 S 10th St., Philadelphia PA

No tickets required; pay what you wish at the door.

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Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

Parlor Tricks: Music for a Viennese Salon

Get a sneak peak of our first recording, just before we go into the studio! You'll hear Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony in a contemporaneous arrangement for string quintet and flute, Joseph Martin Kraus's stunning flute quintet, and Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf's delightful duo for viola and double bass. No tickets necessary, but donations at the door are appreciated!

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A Night at the Opera
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

A Night at the Opera

Since its inception, opera’s extravagant sets, over-the-top costumes, and legendary superstars have kept the genre wildly popular. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music lovers who couldn’t get enough of opera’s expensive thrills brought it into their homes on a smaller scale through arrangements of overtures and arias, operatically-inspired instrumental music, and theatrical cantatas or “Singspiels” such as those on our program by Michael Haydn (Der Bassgeiger zu Wörgl) and Thomas Arne (The Morning). We also introduce our own arrangement of Mozart’s concert aria “Per questa bella mano” for bass and obbligato double bass. 

With guest singers Laura Heimes and Graham Bier

This event is "pay what you wish", but you must RSVP.

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Diversions & Distractions
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Diversions & Distractions

Early Classical music for home entertainment both personal and celebratory centered around the lighthearted divertimento. With no set form or instrumentation, divertimenti ran the gamut from intimate duos to miniature orchestra: think of Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, often performed as a string quartet but equally successful in an expanded ensemble. Symphonies were often arranged and published for home performance, as in Salomon’s version of Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony for flute and strings. Smaller works for less conventional, even whimsical combinations – as in Dittersdorf’s charming duo for viola and bass – were surprisingly common. While the flexible string quartet’s expressive capabilities and efficiency ultimately led it to dominate home musicales, it climbed there on the shoulders of the divertimenti that preceded it. 

** Please note: Diversions & Distractions is presented as part of the PhilaLandmarks Concert Series.  

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This concert will also be performed on the Early Music at St. James series in Lancaster, PA on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 PM. For more information click here.  

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The Fantastic Mr. Telemann
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Fantastic Mr. Telemann

Musical improvisation and pre-planned, notated music that simulated improvisation remained in vogue throughout the eighteenth century. The main locus of improvisatory style was the fantasia, a genre epitomized by Telemann’s solo instrumental works for solo flute, violin, and viola da gamba and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s keyboard works. Our program is built around three fantasias: two by Telemann, and one by the younger Bach, who was his godson and namesake. Alternating ensemble pieces bring the solo instruments in dialogue with one another and explore the fantasia’s influence on other genres.

With guests Francesca Brittain, fortepiano, Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba, and Margaret Humphrey, violin

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