Across the Pond
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Across the Pond

Finding connections between the Salons of London and Philadelphia through music for trumpets and fortepiano

PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series

Private salons were a vital part of the music scenes of major cities throughout Europe and the budding United States in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Musicians like Therese Jansen and Thomas Harper held court in London, while John Norton and Francis Johnson made waves in Philadelphia. Johnson, an African-American keyed bugler, violinist, and composer, bridged both worlds, bringing a group of black musicians to perform in celebrations for Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838. In this intimate concert, Chris Belluscio and Sylvia Berry will show off the characteristics of various trumpets paired with a quintessentially English 1806 Broadwood fortepiano. Unique and beguiling, you’ll love these rare instruments.

The PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series debuted last year to a full house with a diverse program featuring members of Grand Harmonie and Philadelphia’s Franklin Quartet. Now in its first complete season, the PhilaLandmarks series brings the historical homes of Philadelphia to life with music.

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Apres Ski
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

Apres Ski

Warm up after a day on the slopes with hot chocolate and chamber music in cozy Stowe, VT. Known for its gorgeous skiing and arts community, Stowe is the perfect place to enjoy a winter paradise with Grand Harmonie. Enjoy a very hygge program of 18th century chamber music featuring winds and strings, including favorites by Mozart and Beethoven.

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On Behalf of a Madman
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

On Behalf of a Madman

Conducted by Geoff McDonald and directed by Julia Mintzer

Taking cues from the news, Grand Harmonie, in collaboration with music director Geoff McDonald, stage director Julia Mintzer, and visual artist Charles Ogilvie, will premiere a brand-new staged production drawing on themes of lies, deceit, and scandal that feel as if they’ve been ripped from today’s headlines. Opera arrangements for winds were the populist entertainment of the 19th century - the rich had their opera houses, while the common people bootlegged the music and learned the hit tunes from traveling Harmonie bands. At once contemporary and historical, this pastiche opera will feature music from Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, and Weber in rarely-performed period arrangements and new arrangements in period style by Yoni Kahn and Thomas Carroll. Make sure to witness this first-hand, because you can’t believe everything you hear.

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On Behalf of a Madman
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

On Behalf of a Madman

Conducted by Geoff McDonald and directed by Julia Mintzer

Taking cues from the news, Grand Harmonie, in collaboration with music director Geoff McDonald, stage director Julia Mintzer, and visual artist Charles Ogilvie, will premiere a brand-new staged production drawing on themes of lies, deceit, and scandal that feel as if they’ve been ripped from today’s headlines. Opera arrangements for winds were the populist entertainment of the 19th century - the rich had their opera houses, while the common people bootlegged the music and learned the hit tunes from traveling Harmonie bands. At once contemporary and historical, this pastiche opera will feature music from Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, and Weber in rarely-performed period arrangements and new arrangements in period style by Yoni Kahn and Thomas Carroll. Make sure to witness this first-hand, because you can’t believe everything you hear.

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Greetings from Florida
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Greetings from Florida

Presented by Florida International University School of Music

Escape the impending winter with Grand Harmonie and join us in Miami at our debut performance at the 2017 FIU International Music Festival! Hosted by Florida International University, this festival runs from November 2-20 and will feature groups from around the world in eclectic programs spanning a wide range of styles and eras. Grand Harmonie's appearance on November 17 will feature wind favorites by Mozart and Beethoven, plus a wonderful gem by Heinrich Neumann which we first performed in Palm Beach in 2015.

Program

L. van Beethoven, Sextet op. 71
Heinrich Neumann, Trio op. 40
W.A. Mozart, Serenade K. 375 (Sextet Version)

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This Just In: A World Premiere from Prague
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

This Just In: A World Premiere from Prague

Returning from his discovery in the Czech Musical Instrument Museum in Prague, soloist and historian Paul Miller joins Maureen Murchie in the world premiere of a concerto for two violas d’amore by Franz Götz (1755 – 1815). Along with a pair of galant pieces from brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach, this program explores the concerto at the end of the Holy Roman Empire with soloists Leon Schelhase, harpsichord, and Grand Harmonie’s own Sarah Paysnick, flute.

PROGRAM

CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in A Major, Wq 168
JC Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor
F Götz: Concerto for 2 violas d’amore in A Major

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This Just In: A World Premiere from Prague
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

This Just In: A World Premiere from Prague

Returning from his discovery in the Czech Musical Instrument Museum in Prague, soloist and historian Paul Miller joins Maureen Murchie in the world premiere of a concerto for two violas d’amore by Franz Götz (1755 – 1815). Along with a pair of galant pieces from brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach, this program explores the concerto at the end of the Holy Roman Empire with soloists Leon Schelhase, harpsichord, and Grand Harmonie’s own Sarah Paysnick, flute.

PROGRAM

CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in A Major, Wq 168
JC Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor
F Götz: Concerto for 2 violas d’amore in A Major

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The Assassination of the Duke
Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

The Assassination of the Duke

Grand Harmonie transports you to the beginning of silent films in France as we paint the sound world of art nouveau. Reaching into the 20th century with an 1870s Streicher piano, trumpet and strings, this concert pairs chamber music with novel and experimental shorts from the era. Culminating with a screening of The Assassination of the Duke of Guise with Saint-Saëns’ original score for the film, this program will immerse you in a total cinematic experience.

PROGRAM

Saint-Saëns: Septet in E-flat Major Op 65 (1880)
Godard: String Quartet in G Minor Op 33 (1876)
Saint-Saëns: L’Assassinat du duc de Guise op. 128 (1908)

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The Assassination of the Duke
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Assassination of the Duke

Grand Harmonie transports you to the beginning of silent films in France as we paint the sound world of art nouveau. Reaching into the 20th century with an 1870s Streicher piano, trumpet and strings, this concert pairs chamber music with novel and experimental shorts from the era. Culminating with a screening of The Assassination of the Duke of Guise with Saint-Saëns’ original score for the film, this program will immerse you in a total cinematic experience.

PROGRAM

Saint-Saëns: Septet in E-flat Major Op 65 (1880)
Godard: String Quartet in G Minor Op 33 (1876)       
Saint-Saëns: L’Assassinat du duc de Guise op. 128 (1908)

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