The Baroque Room
Lunchtime Concert Series: The Sweet Violin - Music of Leclair and his Contemporaries
Admission is FREE
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord
Kayo Saito, baroque violin
Leclair is surrounded by intrigue with the cause of his death still an unsolved mystery. His music for violin is powerful, beautiful, masterfully written, and very French! This program explores his music written for two violins alongside music by J. S. Bach and Rameau.
PROGRAM (selected from)
LECLAIR Trio Sonata, Opus 4, No. 4
Ouverture 3, Opus 13
Sonata 3, Opus 13
BACH Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527
RAMEAU First Concert from Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts
Kayo Saito, born in Japan, started her musical career on the violin at the age of four and the piano at the age of eight. She studied theology at Doshisha University in Kyoto and holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree. She studied solo and ensemble playing at the Toho Orchestra Academy. Kayo decided then to specialize in baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Kati Debretzeni, Ryo Terakado, E. Wallfisch, and C. Mackintosh, where she received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was selected to be principal violist in 12eme Academie Baroque Europienne d’Ambronay directed by William Christie, and has since played with Les Arts Florissants. She is a leader and main player of several baroque ensembles such as Les Inventions, Apollo, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Musica Poetica, and many others.
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 include 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 lectured and performed 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 taught masterclasses, coached baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles, performed in side-by-side concerts, gave 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.