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
MBTA: Red Line to Central Square

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 7:30 PM
The Memorial Church | 1 Harvard Yard | Cambridge, MA 02138
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Square

Online tickets sales have ended for this concert.  Tickets are still available for purchase in person starting at 6:30 PM.


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
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Square

Tickets: Free and open to the public


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
MBTA: Red Line to Davis Square

Tickets: Free and open to the public


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.

Tickets are now available through the link below or by calling the Princeton Box Office at 609-258-9220 between 11 AM and 5 PM Monday - Saturday.


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
838 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA 02139
MBTA: Red Line to Central Square


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

Tickets free with museum admission


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

Contact us if you will be in the Ithaca area and would like to attend!


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
For more information, visit: Monadnock Music