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Lunchtime Concert Series: "La Lapopliniere" - Music of Rameau, J.S. Bach, and others

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

The Baroque Room
Lunchtime Concert Series: "La Lapopliniere" - Music of Rameau, J. S. Bach, and others

Admission is FREE

The obligato sonatas of J.S. Bach for flute and viola da gamba are actually a type of trio sonata, which features the harpsichord as both soloist and continuo player. Similarly, the Rameau Concert features the harpsichord as a soloist in this trio sonata with flute and gamba accompanying the flashy keyboard passages. This style of composition foreshadows the trios that will follow in much later works where all the instruments play key solo roles.

Julie Elhard, viola da gamba
SungAe Song, traverso
Seulgee Lee Nelson, harpsichord

PROGRAM (selected from)
Sonata in G-Major for viola da gamba and obligato harpsichord by J. S. Bach
Sonata in g-minor for traverso and obligato harpsichord by J. S. Bach
Leclair Sonata for traverso and continuo

Julie Elhard, viola da gamba, appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including the St. Matthew Passion by Bach under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. Ms. Elhard was awarded a 2016 and 2012 Artist’s Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a Jerome Foundation grant 2002. Ms. Elhard received a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands and has taught at workshops in North America and at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s national Conclaves. She currently teaches viola da gamba at St. Olaf and Macalester colleges, and at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music where she has created a viola da gamba method for children and non-string players called the “Passamezzo Method”.

SungAe Song was born in South Korea and she has been studying flute for 24 years. She won prizes in the various Music competitions in South Korea. She had a debut concert for outstanding students who were chosen by faculty among various universities in Seoul when she studied in South Korea. She also had a professional career as Guest Principal Flutist of Seoul Academy Orchestra, SeongNam Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra and various orchestras and as a teacher for 4 years immediately following her graduation from SungShin Women’s University. She obtained Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma with scholarship from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York for 4 years with Judith Mendenhall. While studying in Mannes College, she was participated in various masterclasses and music festivals with Jeanne Baxtresser, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Karl-Heinz Schütz and many famous flutists, and she had many recitals and various concerts with chamber ensemble and orchestras. She got a first prize in New York Artists International Competition and had winners concert at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Currently, she is awarded a degree for Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Minnesota with Immanuel Davis in a CLA fellowship. She teaches students for all levels as an instructor of flute in St. Paul School of Music and a private studio for the flute and baroque flute in MN. She is also a second flutist in Mankato Symphony Orchestra and traverso player in Oratory Bach Ensemble since 2017.

She is one of director members in the Korean Flute Society and the Korean Flute Association.

Seulgee Lee Nelson is active as a harpsichordist, pianist, and composer in the Midwest. As a versatile pianist and a vocal coach, Ms. Nelson coached University of Minnesota’s opera production, the youth opera production at the Interlochen Arts Center in Interlochen, Michigan, University of Minnesota Duluth’s opera production, Sieur Du Luth Opera Training Program in Duluth, MN, Lyric Opera of the North in Duluth, MN. Ms. Nelson recently performed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio with ‘A Little Tango In Her Blood’ for flute and piano with flutist Lauren McNee.

As a harpsichordist, Ms. Nelson has participated and performed in the Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Workshop and festival, and recently performed Handel’s Messiah on harpsichord at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2017. Ms. Nelson has been studying harpsichord with Jacques Ogg from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and is especially active as a continuo player for early music ensemble in the Twin Cities.

She earned a B.A. in Composition and Music Theory from Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea, received her M.M. in Piano Performance as well as D.M.A in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota.