Matthew Hall, Sarah Darling, Julia Cavallaro and I formed Musical Offering in 2010 after playing together in various ensembles including the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and the International Baroque Institute at Longy. We are especially enjoy performing the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and his contemporaries. This collection of music between Baroque and Classical styles is full of deeply moving slow movements, delightful fast movements and dramatic emotional shifts between the two. In January 2013, we recorded our debut CD, CPEB: The Piano Quartets, anticipating the Tercentenary celebrations of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s birth in 2014. In our 2013-2014 season, we offered concerts featuring Emanuel Bach’s brothers, his own music, and his musical influences.
Grand Harmonie is a versatile ensemble focusing on the performance of 19th Century music on period instruments. The ensemble varies from small chamber ensembles to full scale orchestral concerts. Unlike traditional orchestras, Grand Harmonie was built from the wind section forward. My wind-playing friends and I formed this ensemble filling a void in the Boston period instrument offerings mostly full of Renaissance and Baroque music. We have given concerts of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and others to rave reviews. Grand Harmonie also enjoys collaborating with other local ensembles; in August 2013, we played in the pit orchestra for Boston Opera Collaborative’s Cinderella and in May 2014, the critically acclaimed Lorelei Ensemble joined us for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Note: We have an Amazon Smile account! Start your shopping from the button below and your shopping can help us grow!)
My friend Adam Workman and I were on the same flight home from the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, LA. During the flight, we started talking about what sort of projects I was doing and where my interests were heading. He was excited when I told him I enjoy working with modern flutists to help enhance their understanding and application of Baroque style. Turns out his business, Flutistry Boston, was in the process of identifying “specialists” for potential collaboration. And so Baroque Flutistry was born as one of their inaugural creative projects. Whether it’s a single coaching, lessons on Baroque flute, or a masterclass setting, Baroque Flutistry is the resource for modern flutists who want to be historically informed performers. Visit our website for more information.