Mon, April 22, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT
Mon, April 22, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT
This is a groupmuse
Live classical shows in living rooms and other intimate spaces. They're casual and friendly, and anyone can host.
I'm excited to host my 7th Groupmuse featuring violinist Isabelle Seula Lee & harpsichordist Elliot Figg returning to play the final three of Bach's six Sonatas for Harpsichord & Violin. These are pivotal works in the emergence of the keyboard from the role of basso continuo to full equal with the melody instruments. For this performance Seula will again be playing a baroque violin with gut strings & we will again remove the harpsichord lid & move the instrument to the middle of the apartment with people sitting up close around the players so that you can hear every detail of Bach's wonderful music as the three voices unfold together--the violin & the right hand on the harpsichord playing the top voices over the left hand on the harpsichord.
PROGRAM: J.S. Bach's Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin in B Minor, C Minor and G Major.
Seula and Elliot are both graduates of the Historical Performance Program at Juilliard whom I met through mutual friends. They approached me to rehearse the entire set of Bach's six Sonatas for Harpsichord & Violin here over the course of several weeks. They performed three of the Sonatas in a Groupmuse earlier this year on January 17th, and this Groupmuse is the second public performance from that collaboration. A brief bio of each is below.
Some snacks and water/wine will be provided during the intermission, and you are welcome to bring your own beverages & snacks to share.
Come join friends, neighbors, and Groupmusers on Monday, April 22nd at 7:30 in my Wash Hts apt to enjoy an intimate performance of amazing music by wonderful players.
ISABELLE SEULA LEE: Hailed for her "marvelous" and "scintillating" performances, Isabelle Seula Lee is a celebrated violinist and a passionate historical performer. After spending the first 10 years of her musical life in Russia at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Seula moved to the States, where she completed her studies, receiving a full scholarship in three schools--Bachelor's Degree from Lynn University, Master's at The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, & recently completing her 2nd Master's in Historical Performance at Juilliard. Lee made her debut as a concerto soloist at the age of 11, and has been a featured soloist with the Tele-Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Conservatory Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Estonia and Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra. She was awarded Second Prize at Austria's "Schloss Zeli an der Pram" International Violin Competition, Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, and the Artist Series of Sarasota String Competition. She has performed in various festivals including the Banff Chamber Music Residency, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. As a member of Juilliard415, she toured Europe, Canada & India and was a featured soloist on their 2017 tour to New Zealand under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki. She enjoys performing a wide range of musical styles from Baroque to contemporary & plays regularly with ensembles including New York Baroque Incorporated, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music New York, Teatro Nuevo, New Amsterdam Consort, and the Bach Collegium at St. Peter's. For more information, see her website: http://www.isabelleseulalee.com
ELLIOT FIGG: Elliot is a keyboardist, conductor, & composer from Dallas, Texas, He is a graduate of the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School where he studied harpsichord with Kenneth Weiss. He also studied with Arthur Haas at the Yale School of Music. He is an active member of several NY-based early music & contemporary music ensembles, including Ruckus, ACRONYM, New York Baroque Incorporated, and New York Vintage Baroque, and he works in frequent collaboration with Ballet/NEXT. Recent engagements include Conductor & Harpsichordist for the New York premier of J.A. Hasse's "Piramo e Tisbe", and for the first U.S. premier of Chevalier de St-Georges' "L'Amant Anonyme", both with Little Opera Theatre of New York; Deputy Music Director & Harpsichordist for "Farinelli and the King" on Broadway; Assistant Conductor & Harpsichordist for Vivaldi's "Farnace" and for Cavalli's "Veremonde", both with Spoleto Festival USA; and Assistant Conductor & Harpsichordist for Dido and Aeneas with LA Opera. Elliot received his Bachelor's & Master's degrees in music composition from the University of North Texas, where he studied composition with Cindy McTee and Jospeh Klein, as well as harpsichord with Leonora McCroskey.
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