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Harpsichord Recital Series: Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord with David Ross, traverso

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street Suite #280 Saint Paul, MN 55118 USA (map)

The Baroque Room
Harpsichord Recital Series: Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord with David Ross, traverso

$25 | $5 Students

Harpsichordist Jeffrey Grossman and baroque flutist David Ross explore the virtuosity of German compositions for harpsichord and baroque flute, alone and together. Join us on a journey through the German countryside and listen to how these German composers take full advantage of the many colors of the harpsichord and the flute, from J. S. Bach’s magnificent Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and C.P.E. Bach’s fantastic sonata for solo flute, to virtuosic sonatas by father and son for harpsichord and flute and Johann Jakob Froberger’s tragic lament for Ferdinand IV and sonatas for obbligato harpsichord.

C.P.E. Bach - Sonata in A minor, H.562 for flute senza basso
J.S. Bach - Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903 for harpsichord
C.P.E. Bach Sonata in D major, Wq 83 for flute and harpsichord
Froberger - Suite no. 12 (opens with famous lament for Ferdinand IV)
J.S. Bach - Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030 for flute and harpsichord

Keyboardist and conductor Jeffrey Grossman specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past, through processes that are intensely collaborative and historically informed. As the artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, this season Jeffrey directs concerts including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah from the organ and harpsichord, both in collaboration with TENET Vocal Artists, and performs Bach’s six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord with Daniel S. Lee. In recent seasons, Jeffrey has performed with TENET, the Green Mountain Project, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Quodlibet, the Boston Early Music Festival, and numerous other ensembles across the country. For the past thirteen seasons, he has also toured portions of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing outreach concerts to underserved communities, most recently in Wyoming and southeast Alaska. Jeffrey can be heard on the Avie, Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Soundspells, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University; he was recently appointed a faculty member at Yale University.

Praised by the New York Times for the “limpid sweetness” of his baroque flute playing, David Ross performs as baroque flute soloist with the Sebastians, as principal flutist with Mercury, and many other ensembles including the English Concert, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, New York Baroque Incorporated, Early Music New York, REBEL, Bach Society of Minnesota, and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

David earned historical performance degrees from both the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Holland and the Juilliard School in NYC. Since 2009 his training and career have been focused exclusively on historical performance ranging from one-keyed baroque flutes to many-keyed flutes and piccolos of the romantic era. Prior to his specialization in early music he studied modern flute at the Cleveland Institute of Music. David teaches privately from his home in NYC.