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Friends in Threes: Bach, Telemann, & Frederick the Great - Flying Forms

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street #280 Saint Paul, MN 55101 USA (map)

Flying Forms
Friends in Threes: Bach, Telemann, & Frederick the Great

$20 | $15 Seniors & Students

Flying Forms
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

with guests
Arthur Haas, harpsichord
Gabe Shuford, harpsichord
Kayo Saito, baroque violin
Joanna Shelton, baroque viola
Michelle Wenderlich, baroque bass

Three composers, three harpsichords, three concerti! Join Flying Forms, their friend and colleague Gabe Shuford (harpsichord), and their teacher, friend, and mentor Arthur Haas (harpsichord) for a very special concert. 

J. S. BACH Concerto in C Major for Three Harpsichords, BWV 1064
J. S. BACH Concerto in D Minor for Three Harpsichords, BWV 1063
TELEMANN Ouverture-Suite in D Major, TWV 55:D6
LECLAIR Sonata in D Major for Violin and Continuo, Book 3, No. 8 (with Kayo Saito, baroque violin)

Flying Forms, formed in 2005, is a baroque chamber music ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Core members include Marc Levine, baroque violin, Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Tami Morse, harpsichord. In Saint Paul, the group presents its own series of concerts each year at The Baroque Room, a performance space the group created in 2011. Recent programs have included complete sets of the Rameau harpsichord concerti, Corelli violin sonatas, J. S. Bach sonatas for violin or viola da gamba with obligato harpsichord, as well as larger programs featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the triple harpsichord concerti of J. S. Bach, and Handel’s The Messiah. Past performances have included concerts in notable venues and series including New York’s Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, the DaeJeon Baroque music festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Boston Early Music Festival, where the group produced a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas.

A strong advocate for early music education, Flying Forms has, in addition to many visits and performances at colleges and secondary schools, been in residence with Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and Minnesota Public Radio as Class Notes artists. In these residencies, the group has given masterclasses, coached baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles, performed in side-by-side concerts, given classroom presentations, and ran a complete summer program in baroque music performance.

Flying Forms has been heard regularly on Minnesota Public Radio and is in demand as recitalists in the Twin Cities and across the region. The group also performs contemporary music written for historical instruments and has commissioned many new works for the ensemble or solo harpsichord. A testament to their commitment to new music is their debut CD, New Music for Old Instruments, featuring the music of Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul.

Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.

The American harpsichordist and organist Arthur Haas is internationally renowned as a gifted pedagogue and performer of Baroque and contemporary music. After receiving top prize in the 1975 Paris harpsichord competition, he performed at most major French early music festivals, including the Festival Estival de Paris, Mai Musical de Bordeaux, and the Festival de Saintes. He has also appeared as a soloist in the Festival de Saintes, Spectaculum (Vienna), Festwochen der alten Musik (Innsbruck), Festival di Ascona, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Mostly Mozart (New York), and the Berkeley Music Festival.

His partners for duo recitals and concerts with early music specialists include Marius van Altena, Julianne Baird, James Bowman, Phoebe Carrai, William Christie, Alan Curtis, Bruce Dickey, Jan DeGaetani, Laurence Dreyfus, Paul Leenhouts, Judith Nelson, Paul O’Dette, Stephen Preston, and Marion Verbruggen.

Arthur Haas played the premiere performance of William Albright’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in 1994. Currently he is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, Musical Assembly, and Collegium Atlantis. Praised by Le Monde for his interpretation of French keyboard music, he has recorded duo harpsichord music of Gaspard Le Roux with William Christie and solo CDs of music by Jean-Henri d’Anglebert, Forqueray, and harpsichord music of the English Restoration.

Mr. Haas is a faculty member of Stony Brook and Yale Universities and summer early music institutes at Berkeley, Amherst, and the Longy School of Music.

Gabe Shuford is the recipient of the 2011 Baron Prize from Stony Brook University and top prize at the 2007 Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. He is a member of Repast Baroque Ensemble and has performed with A Far Cry, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dorian Baroque, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, and The St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. He has presented programs with recorder player Paul Leenhouts at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Music Before 1800 concert series in New York City. A sought after soloist, he has been featured with the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey, Glorious Revolution Baroque, and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, where he performed C.P.E Bach's Concerto For Harpsichord and Fortepiano with acclaimed fortepianist Malcom Bilson. Gabe's collaborations with saxophonist Lars Jacobsen led to their debut duo album, Jupiter Sextant, and upcoming EP, Evolving: A Lucid Dream. He also performs regularly with his wife, cellist and songwriter Erin Hall.

An enthusiastic teacher, Gabe has given masterclasses in performance practice at Ithaca College, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College during 2009–2010, where he taught harpsichord and directed the ensemble Collegium Musicum. He has served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, and was co-director of the Stony Brook University Pre-College Jazz Workshop from 2005–2009. Gabe holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University, where he studied with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. He is currently serving as Music Director at First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Connecticut.