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

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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 – 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
https://goo.gl/GdCenU
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 – New Comma Baroque Performs Telemann’s Travels 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 Presents Winter Revelry – A New Comma Baroque Christmas

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November 28, 2016

Winter Revelry – A New Comma Baroque Christmas

New Comma Baroque celebrates our first season as as artists-in-residence at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with a special program of Baroque holiday music by Bach, Corette, Buxtehude, Morel, Scarlatti, Ziani and so much more! Joining Leighann Daihl Ragusa (traverso), Phillip W. Serna (viola da gamba), and Emily Jane Katayama (harpsichord) are guests Amy Bearden (alto) of the Marion Consort and Katherine Shuldiner (viola da gamba). New Comma Baroque’s Winter Revelry is not to be missed!

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.

AMY BEARDEN, Guest Artist, alto

Amy Bearden - altoAMY BEARDEN holds a masters degree in Early Music Voice from the Early Music Institute of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. There, she studied voice with Paul Elliott, a renowned tenor and founding member of the Hilliard Ensemble. At Indiana, Amy focused on Medieval and Renaissance music studying both history and performance. In Chicago, Amy is the Artistic Director and Founder of The Marion Consort, a premier early music ensemble. In addition to Marion, Amy is a sought after choral artist who has performed with Texas Early Music Project in Austin, Texas and is on staff of the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut. Amy also holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Currently, Amy teaches K-8 General Music in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.

KATHERINE SHULDINER, Guest Artist, viola da gamba

Katherine Shuldiner - viola da gambaKATHERINE SHULDINER graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in viola da gamba performance under the tutelage of Catharina Meints. She has performed with Chicago based ensembles such as BBE: Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Vox 3 Collective, and continues to perform with The Newberry Consort. Nationally, Katherine has performed with Washington Bach Consort, La Follia Austin Baroque, as well as performing Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion with Bel Canto Chorus and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Katherine is becoming a fixture in the Chicago baroque music scene, performing with Chicago based musicians such as Rachel Barton Pine, Mark Shuldiner, David Walker, and more. Ms. Shuldiner served a two year term on the board of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and was chosen to perform in the first Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival during Boston Early Music Festival. When Katherine is not performing, she enjoys teaching the viola da gamba to children and adults alike. She has taught at Madison Early Music Festival, Whitewater Early Music Festival, and throughout the year teaches the viol at Nettlehorst Elementary School in Chicago.

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 – New Comma Baroque’s Dr. Phillip W. Serna’s Viols in Our Schools 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.

PRESS RELEASE – New Comma Baroque Celebrates 300 Years of C.P.E. Bach & Music-Making at the Court of Frederick the Great

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October 8, 2014

This fall, New Comma Baroque presents 2 special programs celebrating 300 Years of C.P.E. Bach and music-making at the court of Frederick the Great:

Johann Gottlieb Graun’s Concerto for Violin, Viol & Orchestra in c-minor

New Comma Baroque Performs Johann Gottlieb Graun's Concerto for Violin, Viol & Orchestra in c-minorAs part of the program ‘Baroque – Old & New,’ New Comma Baroque’s
Peter Lekx, Phillip W. Serna and Emily Jane Katayama join Robert
Hasty & the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra to perform
Johann Gottlieb Graun’s rarely heard and virtuosic Concerto for Violin,
Viol & Orchestra in c-minor, GraunWV A:XIII:3. Other works on the
program include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in
D-Major, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 2 & Ottorino
Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite II.

Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
Presents New Comma Baroque with Robert Hasty & the
Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:30PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB10-30-2014
$6 General Admission, $4 Students

In the Court of the Prussian King – Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great

New Comma Baroque - In the Hall of the Prussian KingJoin New Comma Baroque in their electrifying and dynamic program,
In the Hall of the Prussian King: Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the
Great, a celebration of 300 years of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Frederick II
of Prussia, a composer and flutist, surrounded himself with a myriad of
the greatest musicians of his day. Enjoy New Comma Baroque’s exploration
of C.P.E. Bach’s dramatic works alongside sublime gems by his
contemporaries: Karl Heinrich Graun, Ernst Christian Hesse, Johann
Christian Hertel, and Johann Joachim Quantz.

Valparaiso University Department of Music Faculty Concert Series
Duesenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts,
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Saturday, November 1, 2014 7:30PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB11-1-2014
Free Admission

Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn
The Byron Colby Barn, Prairie Crossing, Grayslake, IL
Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:00PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB11-16-2014
Brochure – http://tinyurl.com/EMatB-2014-2015
$18 General Admission, Children Under 16 are Free

For all of New Comma Baroque‘s concerts and other events, please visit www.newcommabaroque.org/concerts.

In the News – New Comma Baroque Featured 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/.

Press Release – New Comma Baroque Announces Virtuoso All-Telemann Programs for Spring 2013 with a Variety of Guest Artists

March 15, 2013 (Chicago, IL): New Comma Baroque, joined by a variety of guest artists, celebrates and explores the music of Telemann in an exciting, diverse, dynamic and virtuosic program, including the delightful “Gulliver’s Travels” Suite for Two Violins, the Concerto in a-minor for Viola da Gamba, Recorder, Strings & Continuo, TWV52:a1, the Concerto No.2 in D-Major, TWV 43:D1 from Six quatuors a violon, flute, viole ou violoncello et basse continue (Paris, 1736), the 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 Concerto in e-minor for Recorder, Baroque Flute, Strings & Continuo TWV52:e1, and much more!

New Comma Baroque: Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Leighann R. Daihl, Baroque flute, Phillip W. Serna, bass viol & Emily J. Katayama, harpsichord joined by guest artists Cynthia Black, Baroque violin (for April 19th program) Jerry Fuller, violone (for June 1st program), Marilyn Fung, violone (for April 19th program), Peter Lekx, Baroque violin & viola, Laura Osterlund, recorder (for the April 19th, June 1st & 2nd programs), Lisette Kielson, recorder (for the May 31st program) & Joel Spears (June 1st & 2nd programs).
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New Comma Baroque with Guest Artists Cynthia Black, Marilyn Fung, Peter Lekx & Laura Osterlund
Saint Alban Episcopal Church
2555 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-2799
Friday, April 19th, 2013 8:00PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB4-19-2013
Freewill Offering

The Peoria Bach Festival with Guest Artist Lisette Kielson
The Peoria Bach Festival, Trinity Lutheran Church
135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria, IL 61606
Friday, May 31, 2013 7:00PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB5-31-2013
$15 General Admission/ $12 if Purchased in Advance
$10 Student/ $8 if Purchased in Advance

New Comma Baroque with Guest Artists Peter Lekx, Laura Osterlund & Joel Spears
Immanuel Lutheran Church
616 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, June 1, 2013 Time 7:30PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB6-1-2013
Grace Lutheran Church of River Forest,
7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305
Sunday, June 2, 2013 3:00PM
http://tinyurl.com/NCB6-2-2013
$20 General Admission
$10 Student

Artist Bios: http://www.newcommabaroque.org/about

Concert Photo: http://www.newcommabaroque.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/New-Comma-Baroque-Telemanns-Travels.jpg

Concert Poster (Chicago Area): http://www.newcommabaroque.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/New-Comma-Baroque-Telemanns-Travels-3.2012.3.jpg
Concert Poster (Cleveland Area): http://www.newcommabaroque.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/New-Comma-Baroque-Telemanns-Travels-3.2012.2.jpg

Concert Poster (All): http://www.newcommabaroque.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/New-Comma-Baroque-Telemanns-Travels-3.2012.jpg
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About New Comma Baroque: Dedicated to re-engaging modern audiences in historically informed performance, the Chicago-based ensemble New Comma Baroque features violinist Matthew C. Cataldi, flutist Leighann R. Daihl, gambist Phillip W. Serna, harpsichordist Emily J. Katayama and a variety of other collaborators celebrating cultural diversity through our rich musical heritage in the concert hall and beyond. Advocating a strong sense of cultural context as well as community and educational outreach, New Comma Baroque works in close conjunction with Illinois’ first period-instrument public school Baroque orchestra at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL as well as other programs. Please join us in a vibrant and new way of experiencing Baroque music.

New Comma Baroque is a program of the Renovo String Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization under the State of Illinois. For more information on this and other concerts, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

Contact: Dr. Phillip W. Serna, Viola da Gamba
New Comma Baroque
847.722.2093
info@newcommabaroque.org
http://www.newcommabaroque.org/

New Comma Baroque: Bold Historically Informed Performance. Period.

In the News – New Comma Baroque Member 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 New Comma Baroque member 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/.

New Comma Baroque Joins Classical Revolution Chicago on Bachxing Day

New Comma Baroque Performing at Classical Revolution Chicago's Bachxing Day at the Gallery Caberet

On December 26, 2012, New Comma Baroque members Matthew Cataldi, Phillip W. Serna & Emily J. Morlan joined Classical Revolution Chicago for their Bachxing Day Show at Gallery Cabaret performing music for viol & harpsichord, Baroque violin, viol & harpsichord and for viol & voice.

New Comma Baroque Joins Classical Revolution Chicago in a Reading Session of Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto

For more information about Classical Revolution Chicago, visit http://www.classicalrevolutionchicago.org/. For information about the Gallery Caberet, visit http://www.gallerycabaret.com/.

For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

New Comma Baroque at Valparaiso University

Guest Gambists Melanie and Russel Bookout Join New Comma Baroque Performing Tombeau de Mr. Meliton, No. 83 & Chaconne, No. 82 from Marin Marais' Pièces du Premier Livre (1686)

On September 16, 2012, Guest Artists Melanie and Russell Bookout joined New Comma Baroque for their program of French Baroque music entitled “Tous les Matins du Monde: All the Mornings of the World” at Valparaiso University.

New Comma Baroque at Valparaiso University - Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin; Leighann Daihl, Baroque Flute; Emily J. Morlan, harpsichord; Phillip W. Serna, Melanie Bookout & Russell Bookout, viols

 

For a gallery of photos from the Valparaiso University performance, please click here. For a gallery of photos from the viols rehearsal at Valparaiso University, please click here. For information about Valparaiso University’s Music Program and Concerts, visit http://www.valpo.edu/music/.

For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

New Comma Baroque Performing Suite No.3 from Marais' Pieces en trio pour les flutes, violon, et dessus de viole (1692)

In The News – ‘Baroque’ Puts New Spin on Classics – New Comma Baroque at Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University's The Torch, September 14, 2012 - 'Baroque' Puts New Spin on Classics

On September 14, 2012, New Comma Baroque was featured in Valparaiso University’s the Torch in a piece entitled “‘Baroque’ Puts New Spin on Classics.” covering their September program at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts with guest artists Melanie and Russell Bookout performing on viols and lute.

“Imagine the sweet sounds of the viol playing French music from the 17th century.

Sound boring? Not quite. The musicians of New Comma Baroque are seeking to change the mindsets of music listeners by reintroducing 17th-century music and instruments with a new spin during a new series of concerts they are putting on throughout the fall and spring.”

To read the complete article from Valparaiso University’s the Torch, please click here. For more information about Valparaiso University’s The Torch, visit http://www.valpotorch.com/. For information about Valparaiso University’s Music Program and Concerts, visit http://www.valpo.edu/music/.

For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

New Comma Baroque at Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Enrique Vilaseco & Jan Bobek with New Comma Baroque and Special Guest Lutanist Joel Spears

On September 10, 2012, lutanist Joel Spears joined New Comma Baroque for an educational residency at Adlai E. Stevnson High School. Co-funded by the Chicago Federation of Musicians’ “Music in the Schools” program, New Comma Baroque’s classes included demonstrations on harpsichord, Baroque violin, and viols for the orchestra classes focusing on issues of instrument construction, technique, and performance practice. Gambist Phillip Serna was joined by Chicago-area lutanist Joel Spears, as guest artists in the guitar classes in the afternoon, performing medieval music for lute and vielle, viol and theorbo, as well as vihuela and German lute.

Guest Lutanist Joel Spears Accompanies Phillip W. Serna on Theorbo Performing music by Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde. (ca.1595-after 1638)

Later that evening New comma Baroque presented a community concert of French Baroque music entitled “Tous les Matins du Monde: All the Mornings of the World” featuring Marais’s Sonnerie, excerpts from his Pièces de Viole from Book I & Book IV, as well as pieces from his Pièces en trio, and François Couperin’s Les Nations.

New Comma Baroque Members Emily J. Morlan & Leighann Daihl Performing at Adlai E. Stevenson High School

For a gallery of photos from the day-long residency at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, please click here. For a gallery of photos from the concert at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, please click here.

New Comma Baroque Members Phillip W. Serna & Emily J. Morlan Performing at  Adlai E. Stevenson High School

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 up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

New Comma Baroque members Phillip W. Serna, Emily J. Morlan & Matthew Cataldi Perform at Adlai E. Stevenson High School

In the News – New Comma Baroque Member 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, New Comma Baroque member 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/.

For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

New Comma Baroque Announces Educational Partnership with Adlai E. Stevenson High School

On September 10th, Adlai E. Stevenson High School will host New Comma Baroque, a period-instrument ensemble featuring Baroque violinist Matthew C. Cataldi, harpsichordist Emily Morlan, and gambist Phillip Serna, for a day-long residency. This residency will include performance demonstrations for the orchestra classes focused on violin, viol & harpsichord, with lutanist Joel Spears joining Phillip Serna working with the guitar classes, culminating in a community concert of French Baroque music with guest-artist Leighann Daihl joining the ensemble on Baroque flute.

Contact –  Enrique Vilaseco, Orchestra Director, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, (847) 415-4000, http://www.d125.org/
Contact –  New Comma Baroque, info@newcommabaroque.org

For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

New Comma Baroque Announces Concerts for Fall 2012

New Comma Baroque announces our concerts for the fall 2012 season filled with collaboration, virtuosity and excitement.  New Comma Baroque, with guest Leighann Daihl, celebrates music of the French Baroque in a concert called “Tous les Matins du Monde” (All the Mornings of the World), inspired by the 1991 film of the same name. This program features French Baroque masterpieces and virtuoso showpieces including works by Marin Marais, Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, Jean-Marie Leclair & François Couperin.

Saint James Chapel at The Quigley Center Concert Series
Saint James Chapel, The Quigley Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 8, 2012 2:00PM

Adlai E. Stevenson High School Community Concert Series
Adlai E. Stevenson High School Auditorium, Lincolnshire, IL
Monday, September 10, 2012 7:30PM

Valparaiso University Department of Music Faculty Concert Series
Duesenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso, IN
Sunday, September 16, 2012 3:00PM

New Comma Baroque: Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, bass viol & Emily J. Morlan, harpsichord joined by guest artists Leighann Daihl, Baroque flute (for the September 8th, 10th & 16th programs), Melanie Bookout, bass viol & Russell Bookout, bass viol & lute (for the September 16th program)

Contact –  New Comma Baroque, info@newcommabaroque.org

For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.

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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