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).

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
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
$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
Grace Lutheran Church of River Forest,
7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305
Sunday, June 2, 2013 3:00PM
$20 General Admission
$10 Student

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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

Contact: Dr. Phillip W. Serna, Viola da Gamba
New Comma Baroque

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