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VdGS/GNY Past Events


New Wine in Old Bottles
Playing 20th and 21st Century Music with Judith Davidoff


A HALF-DAY WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY
THE VIOLA DA GAMBA SOCIETY OF GREATER NEW YORK

Sunday, April 27th, 2014, 12:00−2:30 PM
207 West 86th St. PH-A, New York City

JUDITH DAVIDOFF began her music career as a cellist in Boston. She joined the Boston Camerata in the 1950s and was later invited by Noah Greenberg to join the New York Pro Musica. He pursuaded her to form a viol consort, which in 1972 became the New York Consort of Viols. Long interested in new music, she created a catalogue of 20th-century viol music as part of her doctoral thesis in 1995. As artistic director of the NY Consort of Viols, she has commissioned several new works.


Thomas Lupo’s Consort Music:
Italy Meets England

Saturday, March 29, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue (entrance at East 11th Street), NYC

Brent Wissick, director
Joanna Blendulf, Lawrence Lipnik, and David Morris, additional faculty

VdGS/GNY welcomes back Brent Wissick—joined by a stellar cross-country faculty—to lead this workshop highlighting English composer Thomas Lupo, who composed music for two to six viols. Lupo’s family migrated from Italy in the mid-16th century; he was composer and musician at the English court from 1591 to 1628, the Golden Age of English viol consort playing. Brent says, “I have known and loved some of Lupo’s three-part pieces for over thirty years, but more recently have become passionate about the richness and variety of the six-part pieces. They really tell stories, just like Italian madrigals.” Along with his consorts we may sample others by his
English contemporaries influenced by Italian style.

BRENT WISSICK teaches viola da gamba, cello, and early music ensembles at the University of North Carolina. A member of Ensemble Chanterelle and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, he is a frequent guest with numerous ensembles in the U.S. as well as Wroclaw Baroque in Poland. He has performed and taught at many schools,
workshops, and festivals in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. He was President of the VdGSA from 2000 through 2004, and chair of the 2007 Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering. In addition to his work in early music, Brent researches and performs the cello music of Britten and Chopin.

A recent arrival to Alabama from Oregon, JOANNA BLENDULF has performed as soloist and continuo player in leading period instrument ensembles including the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle’s Pacific MusicWorks, and Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra; the Bloomington, Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals; and the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals. A teacher of viola da gamba and baroque cello, Joanna has been a popular faculty member at VdGSA Conclaves and other gamba workshops.

New York’s own LAWRENCE LIPNIK has performed with ensembles from Anonymous 4 to the Waverly Consort, and is a founding member of Parthenia and the vocal ensemble Lionheart. He has taught viol, recorder, and early music performance at Wesleyan University, as well as at VdGSA Conclaves, Pinewoods, and the San
Diego, Amherst, and Madison Early Music Festivals. Larry is music editor for an upcoming authoritative edition of the original songs from Shakespeare’s plays.

Bay-Area based DAVID MORRIS is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quicksilver and NYS Baroque. He has performed with numerous ensembles including Musica Pacifica, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Tafelmusik, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at many VdGSA Conclaves, and has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Oberlin College, the Madison Early Music Festival, and Cornell University.


Sunday January 12, 2014

Viva Espagna!
A Mini-Workhop with Tina Chancey

TINA CHANCEY plays medieval fiddles, viola da gamba and renaissance, Old Time and Irish violin on roots music from Sephardic and blues to early music and jazz standards. Her specialty is the five-stringed pardessus de viole; she was awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts to present debut concerts on the pardessus at Carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center, and has recorded for Dorian and Golden Apple. Director of Hesperus and a member of Toss the Feathers and Trio Sefardi, she is a former member of the Folger Consort, the rock band Blackmore’s Night and the multi-media music theater ensemble QUOG. She teaches, performs, records, improvises, produces recordings, writes articles and directs the SoundCatcher workshops teaching musicians how to play by ear and improvise. The Versatile Viol is her series of three CDs featuring the viol in Scots-Irish music, in French baroque music, and in American traditional music. Dr. Chancey has been given an Special Education Achievement Award by Early Music America and two Wammies for best classical instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association. For more information, please visit www.tinachancey.net .

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Annual Pre-Holiday Matinée
A performance opportunity for members of the Greater New York chapter of the VdGS

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THE VIOLA DA GAMBA SOCIETY OF GREATER NEW YORK PRESENTS

A MASTERCLASS WITH
RICHARD BOOTHBY


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Richard Boothby is a founder-member of Fretwork, and has played with them for nearly 30 years. He has sought to enrich the viol -consort repertory with new music from today’s finest composers, from Elvis Costello to George Benjamin, from Alexander Goehr to Nico Muhly.He has recently formed a new group, called ‘Aporia’, together with Stephen Preston and Jane Chapman, to explore radical experimental contemporary music, alongside the music of the baroque. With the Purcell Quartet he recorded nearly 50 albums for Hyperion and Chandos; and with Fretwork he recorded over 30 albums for Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi USA and others. He has arranged and transcribed many of the great keyboard pieces of J. S. Bach for viols, recorded under the title ‘Alio Modo’; and his arrangement of the Goldberg Variations has also recently appeared. He was widely praised for his performances of William Lawes’s lyra viol solos on the two Fretwork discs devoted to his music. In 1998 he directed performances of Monteverdi's “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” withthe Purcell Quartet; and in 2001 directed them in a fully-staged production of “L’Orfeo”, with Mark Padmore in the title role. He is professor of Viola da Gamba at the Royal College in London.

Four players or ensembles will each have a chance to play for 40 minutes.


Saturday, September 21, 2013
MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND PLAY-IN 2013


9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue (entrance at East 11th Street), Manhattan


Friday, May 10, 2013
Annual Spring Soirée

Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street at Grove Street, NYC (1 train to Christopher St./ABCDEFM trains to West 4th)

A performance opportunity for members of the Greater New York chapter of the VdGSA. The Choir Room at the this free event, in which members play for members, provides a chance for our chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society to come together, to meet new friends, and for us to play for one another in a comfortable and judgment-free environment. You might come to overcome stage fright, you might come to try out a piece you’ve been working on, or you might come to play, just for the fun of it. You may choose to perform, or to be a member of the audience. All ages and levels are encouraged. Solos, duos, consorts and mixed ensembles (with at least one player a chapter member) are welcome. After the concert, please stay for refreshments, to chat with your fellow chapter members, and—if time permits—to read consort music we’ll have on-hand. Performers need to arrive at 7:00 PM in order to unpack and tune. Please bring a stand! Audience members should plan to arrive by 7:30 PM. Register early to ensure you have a place. Performers need a friendly audience, so come, even if not to play! 


April 13, 2013, 9:00
A German Bouquet
A VdGS/GNY All-Day Workshop

Directed by Gail Ann Schroeder with Martha McGaughey, Alice Robbins, and John Mark Rozendaal.

Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue (entrance at East 11th Street), NYC

Note: Because of high registration for this workshop, we added Margaret Panofsky and Roland Hutchinson to our faculty.

“Seventeenth-century Germany was a time of cultural exchange and cosmopolitan influence,” says Gail Ann Schroeder, whom we are welcoming from North Carolina to direct our all-day spring workshop. “France was looked to for courtly manners and style, Italy for music and art. It was also a time of transition, from Renaissance to Baroque.” We will focus on the luscious repertoire composed for viols in 17th-century Germany. This will include works from the English viol players who lived there, Brade and Simpson; late Renaissance composers such as Praetorius; early Baroque composers Franck, Schütz, Schein and Scheidt; and the Baroque Sonatas à 5 of Johann Rosenmüller.

Gail Ann Schroeder has taught regularly at VdGSA and Amherst Early Music workshops in the six years since her return from living in Europe. There, she taught as assistant to Wieland Kuijken from 1988 to 2002, and performed and recorded with numerous early music ensembles. Gail currently lives in Asheville and teaches extensively in the southeast, including Mountain Collegium and Music on the Mountain workshops. She participated as faculty and performer in the 2012 endowed-chair French Baroque Project at the University of Alabama, and has recently expanded her teaching to include the Alexander Technique.

Martha McGaughey studied with Jordi Savall as well as with Wieland Kuijken. She is a founding member of the New York-based groups Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniae. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI. She has taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angouleme, at Stanford University, and since 1986 at The Mannes College of Music. Martha teaches privately in NYC as well as at Amherst Early Music and other workshops, including last summer’s Conclave.

Alice Robbins is a member of the Oberlin Consort of Viols, as well as Arcadia Players and Washington Bach Consort. She performs with the Folger Consort, Handel and Haydn Society, and Opera Lafayette, and has earned degrees from Indiana University and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she was a student of Hannelore Mueller. She teaches at the Five College Early Music Program at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and has recorded extensively. We welcome Alice back to NYC!

John Mark Rozendaal directs The Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York, a program teaching viol to young children and amateur viol players of all ages. He has performed both solo and continuo roles with many period instrument ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, Orpheus Band, the King’s Noyse, and the Catacoustic Consort. John Mark currently performs in Trio Settecento and the Repast Baroque Ensemble. His recordings include a solo CD of works of Christopher Simpson and others.


March 3, 2013

Semper Dowland
A VdGS/GNY Mini-Workshop

Donna Fournier lead a workshop on chamber music of John Dowland. Enrollment was limited to ten (10) viol players, (two trebles, two to four tenors, and four to six basses), intermediate to advanced levels, plus auditors.
Donna Fournier plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with La Bernardinia (Philadelphia), Triomphe de l'Amour (Princeton) and Mélomanie (Wilmington) and as a guest artist with such groups as Brandywine Baroque, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In a recent review by the Philadelphia Inquirer, her solo work was acclaimed as "poised, soulful ... played with particular depth." Donna is affiliate faculty at Temple University coaching viol players from the Early Music Ensemble. She has a number of recordings to her credit; currently in progress are the Biblical Cantatas of Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre for Plectra Records.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fuoco e Ghiaccio: Late Expressive Madrigals from Italy: A Mini-Workshop for Advanced Players
Led by David Morris

Fuoco e Ghiaccio = Fire and Ice! By 1580 composers began to push the stylistic boundaries of the “classic” Italian madrigal in extreme ways. Claudio Monteverdi, Sigismondo d'India and Carlo Gesualdo all used chromaticism and sharp, declamatory rhythms to heighten textual expressivity--and in doing so, pushed art music into uncharted musical waters. We will look at a sampling of each composer's works for five voices (in editions adapted for viol-players) and see just how extreme the music of this era can be! Both players and auditors are welcome. Known to many as a popular workshop teacher, David Morris has previously led us in memorable evenings of French baroque theater music and Monteverdi madrigals. David is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quick-silver, the Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, and NYS Baroque. As a gambist, cellist and lironist, he has performed with Musica Pacifica, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and many other groups. He has been a guest instructor in early music performance practice at UC Berkeley, Oberlin, and elsewhere, and has recorded extensively. Fees for participation are $35 for players, $15 for auditors. Scholarships are available. Participants must be current members of VdGS/GNY; our membership year began this September.


Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

A Sephardic Sampler: Music of the Spanish Jews from Medieval Times to the Present
Led by Lisle Kulbach

We welcome back Lisle Kulbach, a multi-talented performer and teacher of many musical genres and of many instruments besides the viol. Lisle is co-founder of Voice of the Turtle, a group that has specialized in researching and performing Sephardic music for several decades. Under her guidance we will learn beautiful melodies, new scales, and improvising in the Mid-Eastern tradition (similar to the Medieval). And, we’ll jam a little! Singers are welcome. Fees for participation are $35 for players, $15 for auditors. Participants must be current members of VdGS/GNY; our membership year began this September.