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Baroque Bassoon: Then and Now with Flying Forms

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

Flying Forms
Baroque Bassoon: Then and Now

$20 | $15 Seniors & Students

Flying Forms
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord
with guest
Joseph Jones, dulcian and baroque bassoon

Before the bassoon, there was the dulcian! This program contrasts seventeenth-century repertoire for dulcian with music written a century later for bassoon by Telemann, the most prolific composer of the High Baroque.

CASTELLO Sonata Ottava
FRESCOBALDI Canzon XVII a 2 basso detta “La Diodata”
SELMA Canzon a doi basso e soprano
BÖDECKER Sonata sopra “La Monica”
TELEMANN Concerto á 4 in C Major, TWV 43:C2
Sonata in F Minor for bassoon and continuo, TWV 41:f1
Trio Sonata in B-flat Major, TWV 42:B5

Joseph Jones began studying the bassoon at age twelve when his piano teacher suggested: “Joey, you might be good at the bassoon.” Joe has performed with ensembles across the country and is a recent graduate of the historical performance program at The Juilliard School. As a member of Juilliard 415 he performed under the direction of Masaki Suzuki, Stephen Stubbs, Nicholas McGegan, Rachel Podger, William Christie, Robert Mealy, and Monica Huggett, and took an exciting program of both eighteenth- and twenty-first-century music on tour in India. Joe’s playing has been praised for its “warm singing tone” and “Jones proved he could easily break the four-minute mile without missing a note” (Star Tribune). Ensembles include Les Arts Florissants, American Bach Soloists, Early Music New York, the Bach Society of Charleston, Flying Forms, Bermuda Philharmonic, and Oratory Sacred Bach. He has appeared as a soloist with Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Juilliard 415. Before moving to New York Joe was principal bassoonist for the Minnesota Sinfonia and conductor of the hundred-year-old St. Paul Postal Band. In 2013 he was awarded a McKnight Founda - tion “Next Step” grant that helped him purchase his first baroque bassoon. Among his academic honors Joe has been a Morse Teaching Fellow at Juilliard, teaching music appreciation lessons to New York public school students, and a Berneking Fellow at the University of Minnesota, performing as a concerto soloist three times. His principal bassoon teachers have been Dominic Teresi, John W. Miller, Norbert Nielubowski, and Dennis Hirst.

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.