New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Leighann R. Daihl, Baroque flute, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards

New Comma Baroque’s Upcoming Concerts for the 2017-2018 Season:

From Prussia with Love

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Music at Ravisloe Presents New Comma Baroque‘s From Prussia with Love – Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

New Comma Baroque returns to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Music at Ravisloe Series with an electrifying and dynamic program, From Prussia with Love. As composer and flutist, Frederick II ‘the Great’ of Prussia surrounded himself with a myriad of the greatest musicians of his day. Join Leighann Daihl Ragusa, Phillip W. Serna & Emily Katayama in a colorful exploration of music-making at the Berlin court featuring masterworks by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach alongside rare gems by Karl Heinrich Graun, Johann Christian Hertel and Johann Joachim Quantz.

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Music at Ravisloe
Ravisloe Country Club, Homewood, IL
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:00PM
$30 General Admission ($35 at the Door), $8 Students
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New Comma Baroque’s Upcoming Concerts for the 2018-2019 Season:

New Comma Baroque‘s The Twilight Kingdom: Waning of the Viol in Europe 

New Comma Baroque - The Twilight Kingdom

Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange‘s artists-in-residence New Comma Baroque return with rare gems for viol & harpsichord from the twilight of the viol. From ‘last gambists’ Carl Friedrich​​ Abel and Franz Xaver Hammer to master Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and lesser-known composers Johann Gottfried Mente and Christian Wilhelm Podbielski, New Comma Baroque‘s Phillip Serna and Emily Katayama embark on a virtuosic exploration including the Chicago premiere of a previously unknown work by Abel – recently uncovered in Poland in 2016!

98.7 WFMT’s Impromptu Live Broadcast
Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, 98.7 WFMT
Renée Crown Public Media Center, Chicago, IL
Thursday September 6, 2018 12:00PM
Listen Live at 98.7FM or stream at
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Friends of the Windows’ Second Saturday Series
Saint James Chapel, The Quigley Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 8, 2018 2:00PM
Free & Open to the Public
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New Comma Baroque at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:00PM
$20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, Free Under 18
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Fundraisers for Emmanuel Episcopal Church of LaGrange & Early Music Now – 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), Telemann’s fantasias encompass a variety of forms spanning fugal writing to elements of the rondo and concerto while straddling the Polish and Moravian music of his early career to the High Baroque and the galant. Join New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna in honoring the music of Telemann – all while fundraising to restore the Casavant Organ at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of LaGrange & support Early Music Now in Milwaukee.

New Comma Baroque at Early Music Now
Location TBA, Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Time TBA LINK COMING SOON
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Rudolph Dolmetsch's Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra, 1941

New Comma Baroque‘s Phillip Serna Performs 2 Concerti in the Concord Chamber Orchestra‘s Program ‘New & Old’ – the Rudolph Dolmetsch Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra, 1941 & U.S. Premiere of the Carl Friedrich Abel Concerto Violo de Gambo in A major, A9:1A from the Ledenburg Collection

Concord Chamber Orchestra

New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna joins Jamin Hoffman and the Concord Chamber Orchestra in a special collaboration presenting TWO concert works featuring the viol: Rudolph Dolmetsch’s 1941 Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra and Carl Friedrich Abel’s Concerto Violo de Gambo in A major! Rudolph Dolmetsch (1906-1942), second child of Early Music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch, was regarded as an accomplished composer, keyboardist, and  the first modern viola da gamba virtuoso. Due to his tragic maritime death by German forces in 1942, his Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra wouldn’t receive its world premiere until 1993, later published by PRB Productions in 1995. Often labelled as ‘the last gambist‘ and a 3rd-generation viol performer, Carl Friederich Abel (1723-1787), was son of Christian Ferdinand Abel, performer in court ensembles led by Johann Sebastian Bach. After studies Leipzig and a post to Johann Adolf Hasse’s court orchestra in Dresden, Abel joined the London court of Queen Charlotte where he befriended Bach’s 11th son, Johann Christian Bach, with whom he established the Bach-Abel Concerts. Published by Edition Güntersberg in 2018, Abel’s recently-attributed Concerto Violo de Gambo in A-major is his only surviving work for viola da gamba and orchestra, discovered alongside previously unknown works by Johann Carl Graf zu Hardeck, Anton Milling, and Anton Raetzel. Other works on the program include Balakirev’s Overture on Three Russian Pieces, Harty’s Suite from Handel’s Water Music. Hindemith’s Eight Pieces for Strings, and Riley’s In C.

New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna with Jamin Hoffman & the Concord Chamber Orchestra
New Perspective Senior Living, Brown Deer, WI
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:00PM
St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:00PM
$20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, $12 Students
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New Comma Baroque & the Marion Consort Present Cinco de Mayo! Music of the Mexican Baroque from Nueva España

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 – coming spring 2019!

New Comma Baroque at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
Coming Spring 2019!

New Comma Baroque is a program of the Renovo Music Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All donations to New Comma Baroque are tax-deductible.

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