Franklin Quartet in "By George!"
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Franklin Quartet in "By George!"

By George!

Pathos and passion, explosive international politics, extravagance, and dramatic deaths – the lives of England’s King Georges are enough to make even the most unshakable historian exclaim ‘by George!’ Discover the Britain’s other Fab Four through the lens of English and German quartets of the Georgian era, presented by the Franklin Quartet, with a lecture from the Franklin’s own British subject, violinist Rebecca Harris.

Franklin Quartet

Daniel Elyar, violin & viola
Rebecca Harris, violin
Marika Holmqvist, violin & viola
Rebecca Humphrey, cello

PROGRAM   

English and German quartets from the Georgian era. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Tickets $30 (including the reception)
Powel House
244 S 3rd St | Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Kleine Kammermusik in "Woods and Brooks"
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Kleine Kammermusik in "Woods and Brooks"

Woods and Brooks: Horticultural and Musical connections between 18th-century Europe and America

The eighteenth century saw a craze for horticulture, enriched by discoveries on colonial expeditions, and particularly plants and trees from North America that were found to adapt remarkably well to the European climate. While outside, aristocrats planted intricately designed gardens and took pride in propagating rare species collected on exotic travels, inside their salons, they cultivated music with equal vigor, so that it flourished with equal profusion. This concert of works from the Baroque age will be accompanied by a lecture outlining parallels between the trade of materials such as plants and timbers used in the construction of musical instruments, and the exchange of musical culture in the eighteenth century.

Kleine Kammermusik

Geoffrey Burgess, oboes
Stephanie Corwin, bassoon
Rebecca Humphrey, cello
Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

PROGRAM

Music for baroque winds and basso continuo by: 
J.S. Bach, G.P. Telemann, J.B. de Boismortier and G.B. Platti

Lecture: “What has the American Honey Locust tree got to do with Johann Sebastian Bach?" by Geoffrey Burgess

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Tickets $30 (including the reception)
Hill-Physick House
321 S 4th St | Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Grand Harmonie in: "Across the Pond"
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Grand Harmonie in: "Across the Pond"

Mister Harper and Mister Johnson:
A re-imagining of a Philadelphia Soiree featuring music for historic trumpets and fortepiano

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, domestic musical salons were a vital and important part of the music scenes in major cities throughout Europe and the budding United States. 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, eventually performed in London as well, bringing a group of black musicians to perform in celebrations for Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838. In this concert you will hear an Broadwood fortepiano from 1806, built in London and housed in Philadelphia for many years until restored in 2011, and a variety of English trumpets built in the 19th century. Come hear these stunning instruments in a beautiful Philadelphia landmark and go back in time with us!

Members of Grand Harmonie

Chris Belluscio, historic trumpets
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano

PROGRAM       

G. F. Handel (1685-1759): Airs from Vauxhall Gardens
John Norton (c.1810-1868): Suite from Norton’s Preceptor for the Slide Trumpet (1827)
F. J. Haydn (1732-1809): Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50 (1794)
Vincent Wallace (1812-1865): Let me Like a Soldier Fall
F Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
Sir Henry Bishop (1786-1855): Pretty Jane
Francis Johnson (1792-1844): Philadelphia Firemen's Cotillion


Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Tickets $30 (including the reception)
Hill-Physick House
321 S 4th St | Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Night Music in "Diversions & Distractions"
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Night Music in "Diversions & Distractions"

Diversions & Distractions

Early Classical music for home entertainment both personal and celebratory centered around the lighthearted divertimento. With no set form or instrumentation, divertimenti ran the gamut from intimate duos to miniature orchestra: think of Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, often performed as a string quartet but equally successful in an expanded ensemble. Symphonies were often arranged and published for home performance, as in Salomon’s version of Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony for flute and strings. Smaller works for less conventional, even whimsical combinations – as in Dittersdorf’s charming duo for viola and bass – were surprisingly common. While the flexible string quartet’s expressive capabilities and efficiency ultimately led it to dominate home musicales, it climbed there on the shoulders of the divertimenti that preceded it.

PROGRAM

F.J. Haydn (1732-1809): Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:11 "Der Geburtstag"
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791): Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Intermission
K.D von Dittersdorf (1739-1799): Duetto for viola and violone, Kr.219
L.A. Lebrun (1752-1790): trio for oboe, violin, and cello
F.J. Haydn: Symphony No. 94 “Surprise” (period arr. by Johann Peter Salomon)


Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Tickets $30 (including the reception)
Powel House
244 S 3rd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Mozart in 1776

Mozart in 1776: Our Inaugural Concert

Grand Harmonie and Philadelphia's period string quartet, Franklin Quartet join together with mezzo-soprano Julia Mintzer 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

 

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