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

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 7:30 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
838 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA 02139

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 NotturnaK. 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

Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 3:00 PM
United Parish of Brookline
210 Harvard St. | Brookline, MA  02446

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


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


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

Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 3:00 PM
The Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street | Newton, MA 02460


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


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


MENDELSSOHN: LOBGESANG

May 5, 2017

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

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


THE PLEASURE GARDEN

Chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries, a BEMF Fringe concert

June 17, 2017

Sarah Paysnick, flute
Thomas Carroll, clarinet
Christopher Belluscio & Paul Perfetti, trumpets
Emily Dahl Irons, violin
Anna Griffis, viola
Josh Packard, 'cello

Start your morning off right with some light chamber music by Grand Harmonie.  We will share music by Mozart, Hummel, Harper and more! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


GRAND HARMONIE BRASS

July 16, 2017

Chris Belluscio; English Slide Trumpet, Trompette Demilune
Paul Perfetti; English Slide Trumpet
Yoni Kahn, Linda Dempf and Meredith Moore Natural Horns
Steve Lundahl, Liza Malamut, Motoaki Kashino, Trombones
Barry Bocaner Ophicleide and Serpent

Music by Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Luigi Cherubini and others

Sunday, June 16 2017 | 11:30am
NYU Frederick Lowe Theatre
35 West 4th Street
New York, NY

 

2015-2016 Season

Gran Partita

The pinnacle of classical Harmoniemusik

October 16 & 17, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Cherished among classical music lovers, Mozart’s “Gran Partita” features 12 wind instruments with string bass to form a complete Harmoniemusik – music for wind band. One of the most enduring pieces of chamber music, the “Gran Partita” is Mozart’s most treasured wind ensemble composition. Performed on instruments from the Classical period, the evening-length work features seven movements which range from light and playful to deep and introspective. 

This concert is sponsored in part by the Harvard Musical Association.

Program

Mozart: Serenade in B-flat Major K. 361/370a “Gran Partita”

Friday, October 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM 
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | 838 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA 02139

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 7:30 PM
The Memorial Church | 1 Harvard Yard | Cambridge, MA 02138


Mozart Requiem with the Harvard University Choir

Mozart’s last unfinished masterpiece

Sunday, November 1, 2015 | 4pm

Mozart’s last unfinished masterpiece, the Requiem Mass in D minor, is one of the most beloved choral and orchestral works in the classical repertoire. Unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death, this performance will feature the 1991 completion by noted Harvard scholar and pianist Robert Levin. Historical instrumental ensemble Grand Harmonie will perform in collaboration with the Harvard University Choir, a quartet of vocal soloists, and Maestro Edward Elwyn Jones.

Program

Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor

Sunday, November 1, 2015 | 4pm
The Memorial Church | 1 Harvard Yard | Cambridge, MA 02138


Beethoven at the Physick House

A special concert at the historic Physick House in Philadelphia
Hosted by the
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Join Grand Harmonie for an intimate concert of Beethoven's early chamber works at the Physick House, a historical home in Philadelphia built in 1786 and restored to the period 1815-1837. Hear Beethoven's virtuosic sextet for two horns and strings and his charming string quartet op. 18 no. 6 performed on 19th-century instruments, as 19th-century American audiences would have enjoyed them! This concert marks Grand Harmonie's Philadelphia debut, in celebration of our upcoming performance of Beethoven's Fidelio in Princeton on January 23. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Program

Beethoven, Sextet for 2 Horns and Strings, op. 81b
Beethoven, String Quartet op. 18 no. 6

Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 7:30 PM
321 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Through the Looking Glass

German Romantic favorites in an unconventional chamber setting

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Grand Harmonie, Boston's groundbreaking period-instrument ensemble, presents a program of German Romantic music in unusual chamber settings. Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Brahms's Serenade no. 1 are staples of the orchestral repertoire, but both began life as chamber works: the Idyll as a surprise birthday present to Wagner's second wife Cosima, and the Brahms Serenade as a nonet for winds and strings. Rarely heard on historical instruments, these works highlight the masterful tone colors wielded by the two titans of opposing schools of Romanticism. This performance will premiere a new reconstruction of the Brahms Serenade no. 1 by Grand Harmonie members Yoni Kahn and Thomas Carroll. A set of French dances for winds by German composer Heinrich Scherrer and a period arrangement for string quintet of Brahms's Liebeslieder waltzes round out the program.

Program 

Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll
Heinrich Scherrer: Altfranzösische Tänze (Old French Dances)
Brahms arr. Hermann: Liebeslieder-Waltzer
Brahms reconst. Kahn/Carroll: Serenade no. 1 op. 11

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8:00 PM
Distler Performance Hall | Tufts University
20 Talbot Ave | Medford, MA 02155


Fidelio

Saturday, January 23, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
68 Nassau St | Princeton, NJ 08542 

Beethoven’s only opera is presented in a semi-staged production with period instruments for the first time in the United States. Grand Harmonie, Boston's groundbreaking period-instrument ensemble, joins forces with Princeton University and a cast of rising opera stars. Fidelio tells the story of Leonore, disguised as the prison guard Fidelio, and her courageous struggle to save her husband Florestan from certain death in a political prison. 

This production is supported in part by Princeton Friends of Opera, Princeton Council for the Humanities, the Department of Music, Department of German and the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.


Student/Mentor

Neukomm, the Haydns & Mozart

February 19 & 20, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Both Mozart and Austrian composer Sigismond Neukomm were mentored by brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, and counted them among their most important musical influences. Grand Harmonie, Boston's groundbreaking period-instrument ensemble, brings the rarely heard works of M. Haydn and Neukomm to a program which examines the role between student and teacher and traces the musical threads from the Haydns through Mozart and Neukomm. 

Program

Sigismund Neukomm: Oktet
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Trio in C Major, Hob V:16
Mozart: Flute Quartet in G Major, K. 285a
Michael Haydn: Divertimento in C Major, MH 27
Sigismund Neukomm: Nonett

Friday, February 19, 2016 | 7:30 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
838 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA 02139
MBTA: Red Line to Central Square

Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 7:30 PM
The Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street | Newton, MA 02465


Brass Menagerie

Classical and Romantic music for 18th and 19th century brasswinds

May 26 & 27, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Closing the Grand Harmonie season is Brass Menagerie, featuring music for 18th and 19th century brasswinds. The program includes the rarely performed Grand Quartet of Jacques-Francois Gallay, a natural horn virtuoso from 19th century France, and Beethoven’s Drei Equali (three equal parts) for four trombones. Rounding out the program are two of Mozart’s popular Divertimenti, fanfares by C.P.E. Bach, Salieri, and more. 

PROGRAM

C.P.E. Bach: March - fur die Arche
Mozart: Divertimento KV 187
J. F. Gallay: Grand Quatuor Op. 26
Diabelli: Two fanfares
Beethoven: Drei Equali WoO 30
Schiedermayr: Processional Fanfare
Mozart: Divertimento KV 188

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 7:30 PM
The Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street | Newton, MA 02465

Friday, May 27, 2016 | 7:30 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church


Grand Harmonie at the Met

Romantic Music for brasswind trio, quartet and quintet.

June 1, 2016 | 2:30 PM

Join Grand Harmonie for a program of rarely performed brass works on the original instruments they were intended for. The concert will feature Luigi Cherubini Pas Redoublés et Marches, written at the suggestion of Colonel von Witzleben, Commandant of a Prussian rifle regiment stationed at the garrison of Paris during Napoleon’s 1814 exile. This quirky work is scored for three natural horns, trompette demilune (a crescent shaped natural trumpet that allows the player to hand-stop), and trombone.  The concert will also feature the natural hornists in one of the virtuosic and complex Grand Trios by Louis-François Dauprat.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 2:30 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10028


Grand Harmonie at the IHS

Music for natural horn and friends at the International Horn Symposium.

Grand Harmonie presents two concerts at the International Horn Symposium hosted by Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY June 13-18.  The Thursday program presents Anton Reicha's colorful Woodwind Quintet in Eb Major.  The Friday program features Beethoven's Sextet Op. 81b.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 4:00 PM
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College
953 Danby Road | Ithaca, NY 14850

Friday, June 17, 2016 | 3:00 PM
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College
953 Danby Road | Ithaca, NY 14850


GRAND HARMONIE AT MONADNOCK VILLAGE CONCERTS

July 30, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Grand Harmonie is delighted to be a part of Monadnock Music's Village Concert series, bringing free concerts all over the Monadnock Region.  The concert is open to the public, admission by voluntary donation.  Music by Crussell, Fiala, and Reicha will be featured.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 7:30 PM 
Jeffrey Center Meetinghouse | Blackberry Lane | Jaffrey, NH