The Grand Harmonie 2013-2014 Season
No Strings Attached
How did people hear and re-hear popular music in the 18th century? Often it was through Harmoniemusik, works for the small wind ensemble that is our namesake (more on that here). While even the most famous composers wrote music specifically for harmonie, the greater part of the repertoire consisted of transcriptions of larger works, making them accessible to a larger audience. Our program includes selections from Mozart's The Magic Flute arranged for harmonie by Joseph Heidenreich (1753-1821), Rossini's Sonata IV for Strings, arranged for winds by Frederic Berr (1794-1838), and Haydn's Symphony no.92 "Oxford", arranged for harmonie by oboist Josef Triebensee (1746-1813)
Who's Your Plus One?
While only a few famous works for a string quartet or trio with the addition of one instrument have lasted into the modern standard repertoire, these were far more common works in their heyday, often written by the wind player in question. Our program includes two of Mozart's famous quartets for wind and strings, the Oboe Quartet in F Major and the Flute Quartet in C Major. Ushering in the Romantic style is a work by Louis-Francois Dauprat, former horn professor at the Paris Conservatoire: his Quintet #3 for Horn and Strings. Haydn's String Quartet Op.20 #5 "Sun" completes the program.
Kristin Olson, oboe; Sarah Paysnick, flute; Yoni Kahn, horn.
Dorian Bandy & Emily Dahl, violins; Elaine Leisinger, viola; Zoe Weiss, cello.
Join Grand Harmonie for an exciting program of rarely performed works for brass by Beethoven, Rossini, Cherubini, and others! Soloist Elisabeth Axtell will be featured on natural horn performing Beethoven's monumental Sonata op.17, and Liza Malamut will perform a trombone concerto by Vincenzo Bellini. Highlights of the program also include the Pas Redoubles et Marches by Luigi Cherubini, written at the suggestion of Colonel von Wizleben, Commandant of a Prussian rifle regiment stationed in Paris during Napoleon's 1814 exile. This quirky work is scored for three natural horns, trompette demilune (a crescent shaped natural trumpet that allows the player to hand-stop), and trombone.
Chris Belluscio, trompette demilune & keyed bugle; Paul Perfetti, trumpet.
Yoni Kahn, Elisabeth Axtell, James Hampson, & Scott Chowning, horns.
Liza Malamut, trombone; Sylvia Berry, fortepiano.
Beethoven: A Premiere Anniversary
Grand Harmonie's first orchestral concert of the season celebrates the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven's 8th Symphony, almost to the day! Performing on period instruments under the direction of Michael Ruhling, Grand Harmonie will also present a charming mini-symphony by Michael Haydn and a recently rediscovered horn concerto by Jean Baptiste Edouard Du Puy, with James Hampson giving the American period-instrument premiere.
Michael Ruhling, conductor
James Hampson, horn
Shakespeare the Romantic
Language is power – written, spoken, sung, or played – and Shakespeare reigns as its master.
Join Grand Harmonie and Lorelei Ensemble for Shakespeare the Romantic, an unforgettable encounter with this towering figure in the year of his 450th birthday.
We set the stage with an ambitious work that captures the full breadth of the Bard's world. Comedy and tragedy each take their turn in Friedrich Kuhlau’s "William Shakespeare,” an overture composed for an opera about Shakespeare himself. As the curtain rises, step into a magical landscape fashioned by two iconic works: Weber’s “Oberon” and selections from Mendelssohn’s incidental music for “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Both spin a timeless tale of fantastical happenings and earthly desires, seen through the eyes of Oberon, King of the Fairies, and his Queen Titania. Mendelssohn’s music is at turns ethereal, dark, mischievous, and breathtakingly beautiful, and shares deep thematic connections with Weber's opera. Shakespearean dialogue both playful and profound will be woven throughout the performance.
Joining Grand Harmonie on this dramatic journey is the Lorelei Ensemble, an all-women's vocal group hailed by critics for their “pristine tone,” “remarkable blend,” and “eclectic and enriching” presentation.
David Alexander Rahbee, conductor
Lorelei Ensemble, Beth Willer, artistic director