2016-2017 Season

Bohemian Rhapsody

September 17 & 18, 2016

Guest artists David Kim, piano and Lauren Basney, violin

The season opens with Bohemian Rhapsody, a program inspired by mid-19th century Bohemia, where folk melodies and gypsy-inspired virtuosity abound. Grand Harmonie will be joined by guest artists violinist Lauren Basney and pianist David Kim.
Mr. Kim, who performed with Grand Harmonie on its eclectic first season salon concert in 2013, will open the concert with Johann Nepomuk Hummel's "Military" Septet, one of the few chamber works of the 19th century to feature a natural trumpet.
The Kim-Basney Duo will conjure the sounds of the Bohemian countryside with Antonin Dvorak's Songs My Mother Taught Me and Bedrich Smetana's Fantasy on a Bohemian Song.
Closing the concert will be Dvorak's masterful Serenade, inspired by Mozart's Gran Partita and performed on all original 19th-century wind instruments for the first time in the United States.

PROGRAM

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Septet no. 2 Military Op. 114
Antonin Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me
Bedrich Smetana: Fantasy on a Bohemian Song
Dvorak: Serenade for Wind Instruments Op. 44

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 7:30 PM 
The Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street | Newton, MA 02460
MBTA: Commuter Rail to West Newton or Green Line to Woodland then Uber.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 7:30 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
838 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA 02139
MBTA: Red Line to Central Square

This concert is sponsored in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio Project Grant


GODS AND MORTALS

November 3, 4 & 6, 2016

Guest artist Cynthia Roberts, violin and leader

The mortals of Grand Harmonie join with the divine powers of the celebrated Cynthia Roberts, violin and leader, to breathe life into the celestial and eternal music of Mozart’s 41st Symphony, Jupiter. Ms. Roberts will also tackle Mozart’s beguiling Violin Concerto in A K. 219, and will join Grand Harmonie’s principal strings in Mozart’s delightfully weird Serenata Notturna K. 239 featuring solo timpani. 

Ms. Roberts is one of America’s leading performers of baroque and classical violin, touring and performing regularly in the United States and Europe. She is the concertmaster of New York Collegium, Apollo's Fire, and Concert Royal and recently appeared at the invitation of William Christie as concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants. Ms. Roberts appears regularly with Tafelmusik and the American Bach Soloists, and is principal second violin in the Carmel Bach Festival. 

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto in A K. 219
Mozart: Serenata Notturna K. 239
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 Jupiter

Friday, November 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM
St. Ignatius of Antioch
552 West End Ave. | New York, NY 10024
Subway: 1 Train to 86th St.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 3:00 PM
United Parish of Brookline
210 Harvard St. | Brookline, MA  02446
MBTA: Green Line C  Train to Coolidge Corner

Showcase: Grand Harmonie at the Mount Sinai Hospital
In a special free event sponsored by the Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients, Grand Harmonie will offer a preview of their Gods and Mortals program. Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients is a series of baroque and classical music concerts at the Mount Sinai Hospital Guggenheim Atrium, co-founded by Grand Harmonie oboist Kristin Olson. They are free and open to all in the hopes of bringing comfort and beauty to the patients of Mount Sinai Hospital, and to honor the doctors and nurses who give so much to the people of New York City.  

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Mount Sinai Hospital, Guggenheim Atrium
1190th 5th Ave @ E101st  St. | New York, NY 10029
Subway: M96 Crosstown Bus to 5th Ave or 4/6 Trains to 103rd St.

Free and open to the public.


by george!

Presented by Midtown Concerts.

February 23, 2017

Andrea LeBlanc, flute
Kristin Olson, oboe
Thomas Carroll, clarinet
Yoni Kahn, horn
Andrew Schwartz, bassoon

France in 1850 was a wild place in art history, with heightened expression and creativity across genres and métiers. In visual art, Realism was showing audiences the rawness and richness of daily life, glorifying not the noble classes but the common man and his daily tasks. This organic yet impassioned art, which followed in music through experimental harmonic sonic landscapes, is what brought George Onslow, known as the “French Beethoven,” to focus on composition. Being so moved by this new style of music, he once wrote,  “I sensed myself at once penetrated by feelings previously unknown to me; even today this moment is present in my thought. After this, I saw music with other eyes…”

Let Grand Harmonie take you to this radical frontier in historical performance and show you what happened “next” with Onslow’s Wind Quintet op. 81.

PROGRAM

George Onslow: Wind Quintet Op. 81

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 1:15 PM
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
325 Park Ave | New York, NY 10022
Subway: 4/6 Trains to 51st St.


Playing in Parts

A Glimpse of Domestic Music Making in 18th-Century London

March 4, 2017 | 3:00

Sarah Paysnick, flute
Emily Dahl Irons, violin
Chris Belluscio, trumpet
Yoni Kahn, horn
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano

Grand Harmonie performs at the Lewis Walpole Library for their spring exhibition The Land Without Music.

Program

Program:
Luigi Boccherini: Violin Sonata in B-flat, Op. 5, No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for horn and piano, op. 17
“Popular Handelian Airs from Vauxhall Gardens”
Johann Christian Bach: Sonata for Keyboard and Flute, Op. 16 No. 1 in D Major WB 10 (c. 1780)
Franz Joseph Haydn: from Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI: 50 (London, 1795)


march madness

March 24 & 26, 2017

Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor
Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano
Yoni Kahn, horn

This rollicking program features a little of everything, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, wild romantic horn antics featuring Grand Harmonie co-founder and principal horn Yoni Kahn, a pirate-themed overture performed by the Grand Harmonie wind band, and Jacquelyn Stucker singing a most impassioned and dramatic concert aria.

We are pleased to offer two different concert formats for this program. The first performance will feature an in-the-round atmosphere, with pre-concert reception and time to explore the music from the inside out. It’s more of a party than a concert. The second performance at The Second Church in Newton will be a more traditional concert atmosphere, although Grand Harmonie has never been known for doing anything “normal”...

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Abduction from the Seraglio"
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concert aria "Ah! Perfido" Op. 65
Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino in E Op. 45
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 Op. 21

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue | Somerville, MA 02143
MBTA: Bus #88 or 90.  Red Line to Davis Square + walk.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 3:00 PM
The Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street | Newton, MA 02460
MBTA: Commuter Rail to West Newton or Green Line to Woodland then Uber.

We are grateful to Aeronaut Brewing Co. for donating beer for our Somerville performance.


Mozart in 1776

A collaboration with the Franklin Quartet

April 20, 2017

Grand Harmonie, Philadelphia's period string quartet The Franklin Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Julia Mintzer team up for a salon-style evening at the historic Powel House in Philadelphia's Old City. This one-of-a-kind event features food, drink, discussion, and of course music, all written by Mozart in 1776. Historical wind expert Geoffrey Burgess and music historian and archivist Jack McCarthy, both local Philadelphians, will set the stage with informative mini-lectures. Let us take you outside the concert hall to experience cultural life at the dawn of the American Revolution!

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. 

Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento K. 252 for wind sextet
Concert aria K. 255 for alto
Selections from Divertimento K. 247 for two horns and strings
Divertimento K. 251 for oboe, two horns, and strings

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Powel House
244 S 3rd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

HAYDN: THE CREATION

April 29, 2017

Presented by Harvard University Choir

Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor
Harvard University Choir

Let’s go back—way back. Back to the primordial ooze of Genesis, where Haydn musically illustrates the formation of each flower, rock, and beast throughout this epic oratorio. Of particular interest is the fabulously large orchestra which stretches even modern ensembles to the brink, including an absolutely full wind and brass section and one of the earliest appearances of the contrabassoon. Don’t miss this opportunity to see (and hear) the instrument in person!

PROGRAM

Joseph Haydn: The Creation Hob. XXI:2

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Memorial Church, Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Square


Mendelssohn: Lobgesang

May 5, 2017

Edward Elwyn Jones and Michael Pfitzer, conductors
Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus

Program

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Felix Mendelssohn: Lobgesang, Op. 52
Felix Mendelssohn: Lord, How Long? Op. 96

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 8:00 PM
Sanders Theater
45 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Mozart: The Secret Gardener

May 11-13, 2017

Grand Harmonie with On Site Opera
Geoffrey Andrew McDonald, conductor
Eric Einhorn, director
Yoni Kahn & Thomas Carroll, arrangers

Grand Harmonie is proud to join New York's groundbreaking site-specific company On Site Opera in a co-production with The Atlanta Opera of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (The Secret Gardener). In Mozart's time, operatic arrangements for Harmonie band were wildly popular, and true to period style, the production will feature the premiere of a brand-new arrangement for wind octet and bass by Grand Harmonie members Yoni Kahn and Thomas Carroll. Conducted by Geoffrey McDonald, who first worked with Grand Harmonie in last season's Fidelio, and directed by Eric Einhorn, the performances will take place in New York City in May 2017.

May 11-13, 2017
Westside Community Garden
123 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10025

Tickets free with reservation; Registration begins March 7 at: