PRESS RELEASE – New Comma Baroque Presents Phillip Serna Performing Somewhere in Time: Telemann’s ‘Lost’ 12 Fantasias for Solo Viol, 1735

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!

[column-group][column]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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[/column][column]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
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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

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 and


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