September 6 - 7:00pm
The annual exploration of 17th century German music that influenced Johann Sebastian Bach. This program includes fanciful and dazzling trios for violins and viola da gamba by Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Adam Reincken, the two composers who prompted Bach to abscond from his job and travel 200 miles to learn from these masters.
Dietrich Buxtehude – Sonatas in G Major, C Major and D Minor
Johann Adam Reincken – Sonata in A Minor
Phillip Heinrich Erlebach – Sonata in A Major
Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski – violin; Beiliang Zhu – viola da gamba; Avi Stein – director, organ and harpsichord
September 7 - 7:00pm
Though the great powers of England and France often quarreled across the channel, they found unity in their mutual attraction to the Italian sonata. This program investigates how virtuoso music for the violin was shaped by its new homelands.
Henry Purcell – Sonatas in A Minor and F Major
John Blow – Sonata in A Major, Ground in G Minor
Louis-Nicolas Clerambault - Violin Sonata VI, "L'impromptu"
Jean-Baptiste Senaillé – Violin Sonata In G Major
François Couperin – Sonata from “L’imperiale”
Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski – violins; Beiliang Zhu – viola da gamba; Avi Stein – director, organ and harpsichord
September 9 - 7:00pm
Apollo and Daphne
Handel’s mini-opera is a spectacular early masterpiece of musical drama, foreshadowing his great operas yet to come.
Sherezade Panthaki – soprano; Jesse Blumberg – baritone; Robert Mealy and Beth Wenstrom – violins; Jessica Troy – viola; Ezra Seltzer – cello; Shawn Conley – bass; Gonzalo Ruiz and Priscilla Herreid – oboes; Ben Matus – bassoon; Avi Stein – director, organ and harpsichord
September 10 - 7:00pm
J. S. Bach: Heaven and Earth
Across almost every genre of his day, Bach’s genius was as wide-ranging as it was profound. This program presents some of his most beloved masterpieces from the coffeehouse to the church.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052
Ich habe Genug, BWV 82
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Tyler Duncan – baritone; Robert Mealy and Beth Wenstrom – violins; Theresa Solomon – viola; Ezra Seltzer – cello; Shawn Conley – bass; Gonzalo Ruiz and Priscilla Herreid – oboes; Ben Matus – bassoon;
Avi Stein – director, organ and harpsichord
Avi Stein is the associate organist and choirmaster at Trinity Church Wall Street and the artistic director of the Helicon Foundation. He teaches continuo accompaniment and chamber music at the Juilliard School, and vocal repertoire at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Avi performed on the 2015 Grammy Award winning recording by the Boston Early Music Festival of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. The New York Times described Avi as "a brilliant organ soloist" in his Carnegie Hall debut and he was recently featured in Early Music America magazine in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field. Avi has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Central America. He directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles including the Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, and the Amherst Festival opera. Avi studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.
Lauded for her “invigorating verve and imagination” (Washington Post), Julie Andrijeski is among the leading baroque violinists and early music pedagogues in the U.S. In addition to co-directing Quicksilver, she maintains an active performance schedule, playing with many diverse early music groups across the nation including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (Artistic Director), New York State Baroque (Concertmaster), Apollo’s Fire (Principal Player), and Les Délices. As a full-time Senior Instructor at Case Western Reserve University and Teacher of Baroque Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Andrijeski leads classes in historical performance practices, teaches lessons in baroque violin, and directs the baroque music and dance ensembles. Her combined skills in music and dance often culminate in workshops and special teaching engagements at schools such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Juilliard, the University of Colorado – Boulder, and at several summer workshops as well. Her recordings can be found on Acis Productions, Dorian Recordings, Centaur, Koch, CPO, Avie, and Musica Omnia.
Baritone Jesse Blumberg enjoys a busy schedule of opera, concerts, and recitals, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. He has performed roles at Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, and at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Jesse has made concert appearances with American Bach Soloists, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, and on Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and has performed recitals with the New York Festival of Song, Marilyn Horne Foundation, and Mirror Visions Ensemble. Jesse’s 2016-2017 season includes debuts at Arion Baroque, Early Music Vancouver, and Opera Atelier, guest appearances with the baroque string band ACRONYM, and leading roles at the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. He has been featured on over a dozen commercial recordings, including a newly released Winterreise with pianist Martin Katz. Jesse is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City.
Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan recently performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. At the Spoleto Festival he debuted as Mr. Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora, returning the next season as the Speaker in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. His concerts include Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony; Bach and Mendessohn’s Magnificat with the New York Philharmonic; Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Munich Bach Choir; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Calgary Philharmonic; Handel’s Messiah with Tafelmusik, the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras; He has performed at Germany’s Halle Händel Festival, Verbier Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Stratford Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Frequently paired with pianist Erika Switzer, Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, and Paris, and throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, and South Africa.
Priscilla Herreid plays early oboes and recorder with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Handel + Haydn Society, The Sebastians, and Tempesta di Mare, and has performed with Portland Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque, Les Arts Florissants, TENET, Venice Baroque, Juilliard Baroque, and New York Baroque Inc. She can be heard playing all manner of earlier wind instruments with Piffaro, Hesperus, The Waverly Consort, Ex Umbris, The Dark Horse Consort, The City Musick, The Rose Ensemble, and The Bishop's Band. Priscilla was part of the onstage band for the 2013-2014 Shakespeare on Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance. She is a graduate of Temple University (oboe – Louis Rosenblatt) and The Juilliard School (historical performance, baroque oboe – Gonzalo Ruiz). priscillaherreid.com
One of America’s most prominent historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe). A frequent soloist and orchestral leader, Mr. Mealy is principal concertmaster at Trinity Wall Street and the Orchestra Director of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra; he recently received a Grammy for his work with BEMF. He has also led the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble in performances here and in Moscow, accompanied Renee Fleming on the David Letterman Show, and recorded and toured a wide variety of repertoire with many distinguished ensembles both here and in Europe. Committed to education as well as performing, he directs Juilliard’s distinguished Historical Performance Program. From 2003 to 2015, he taught at Yale, directing the postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble and the Yale Collegium Musicum. Prior to that, he taught at Harvard for over a decade, where he founded the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. In 2004, he received EMA’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship. He has recorded over 80 CDs on most major labels.
Soprano Sherezade Panthaki's has ongoing collaborations with leading early music interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls, Mark Morris, Laurence Cummings, Simon Carrington, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut. Ms. Panthaki’s recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan was named one of the “Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2015” and described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her 2016-17 season includes performances with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; the Mark Morris Dance Group; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; American Classical Orchestra; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Kansas City, Colorado, Pasadena, and Milwaukee Symphonies; New York Baroque Incorporated; and Opera Lafayette. She will also serve as Christoph Wolff Visiting Performer at the Harvard University Department of Music. Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, as well as a Masters degree from the University of Illinois. www.sherezadepanthaki.com
Gonzalo X. Ruiz is one of America’s most sought after historical woodwind soloists. In recent seasons Mr. Ruiz has appeared as principal oboist and soloist with The English Concert, Sonnerie, Wiener Akademie, Philharmonia, Trinity Wall Street, The Boston Early Music Festival, and Musica Angelica, under such conductors as McGegan, Savall, Manze, Antonini, Huggett, Goodwin, Pinnock, Hasselböck, Rattle, Hogwood, and Egarr. He has been featured in numerous recordings of orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire and his reconstructions of the original versions of Bach’s Orchestral Suites received a Grammy nomination in 2010. Critics have declared Mr. Ruiz “one of only a handful of truly superb baroque oboists in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell) and “a master of expansive phrasing, lush sonorities, and deft passagework” (San Francisco Chronicle). For years he has taught at Oberlin Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, and most recently was appointed professor at The Juilliard School. Mr. Ruiz has given master classes at Yale University, Indiana University, the New World Symphony, and his former students now fill the ranks of many top groups across the country. Equally accomplished on the modern oboe, he has been principal oboe of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, with recent performances including the concertos of Mozart, Vaughn Williams, and Strauss. For many years Mr. Ruiz led the ensemble American Baroque, specializing in new music commissions, for which he received the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. He is an acknowledged expert in historical reed techniques and examples of his work are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jessica Troy, viola, wears a variety of freelance hats. Since 1998 she has toured extensively with the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, from San Juan to Sydney, and appeared with Yo-Yo Ma across the US and Japan. On baroque viola, ensembles she performs frequently with include: the Sebastians, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Concert Royal, Helicon, and the 4 Nations Ensemble; she has guested with Anima Eterna Brugge, and appeared with Renée Fleming on the David Letterman Show. A member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Westchester and Brooklyn Philharmonics, she performs frequently with many other area ensembles, including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and NOVUS NY. She has recorded quartet parts for Lou Reed and Ani DiFranco, performed on TV with Whitney Houston, and on film with David Byrne. A participant at many illustrious music festivals, including Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Marlboro, she can be heard on Marlboro's 50th anniversary CD in György Kurtág's Microludes for string quartet, which she prepared with the composer.
Beth Wenstrom, has been described as having an "easy grace and light bravura" (Chicago Classical Review). Beth is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Competition. She is also an original member of the "vital and vibrant" ensemble, ACRONYM (Classics Today). As a soloist and concertmaster, Beth has performed with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Sebastian Chamber Players, New York Baroque Incorporated, Baroque Orchestra of Maine, Quodlibet Ensemble, as well as William Christie's Les Rencontres musicales en Vendée in Thiré, France. She also enjoys playing in Apollo's Fire and Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble. Beth was a sabbatical replacement at Oberlin Conservatory for both modern and baroque violin in spring 2014. She currently serves as string instructor for the baroque ensemble at SUNY Stony Brook.
Beiliang Zhu won the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the XVIII International Bach Competition in Leipzig 2012 (Violoncello/Baroque Violoncello) as the first string player to have received this honor on a baroque instrument. She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School in Historical Performance, Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Beiliang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violoncello, and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music. Hailed by the New York Times as “particularly exciting”, and by the New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances” and being “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild”, Beiliang has given solo recitals at the Bach Festival Leipzig, Boston Early Music Festival, the Seoul Bach Festival, and the Helicon Foundation; has performed with William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Alexander Weimann, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Early Music Vancouver Orchestra, the Juilliard Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Orchestra, Musica Angelica, among many others. Beiliang won a section cellist position of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during undergraduate, has held the principal cellist position of Mercury Houston, and has won awards including the Arthur Foote Prize given by the Harvard Musical Association, 2nd prize in the Holland America Music Society International Competition, the Eastman Cello Concerto Competition, and the 2010 Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Prize at the American Bach Soloists Academy. www.beiliangzhu.com