State/Province where ensemble is based:
GA and CA
Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Jeanne Johnson, Baroque violin; Joanna Blendulf, Baroque cello and viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord and fortepiano
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Music of the Spheres, formed in 2000, has performed across the United States and abroad, including concerts at the 2002 Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the 2006 Tage Alter Musik festival, and the 2007 Frick Collection series. They have been broadcast on WNYC, "Harmonia" and “Performance Today,” and their recordings can be found on Magnatune and most Internet music sites. Music of the Spheres believes that music exists to captivate the imagination, stir memories, and evoke intensely personal emotions in both listener and performer alike, and they desire to bring a wider audience to classical music through performances which focus on these aspects. “Stunningly effusive.” “delivered with gusto,” “a queen of coloratura.”
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Lectures for adults or children regarding program's historical context, composer biographies or extra-musical references; instrument lecture-demonstrations for adults or children; master classes.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
MUSICAL EVOLUTION explores the language of Baroque violin music from its wild beginnings in the 1600’s through the development of more formal structures still in use today, featuring works by Pandolfi, Gabrieli, Biber, Schmelzer, Corelli, Muffat and Handel. THE FANTASTICS presents fantastic style works including the rarely-heard violin sonatas of Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi, as well as harpsichord works by Picchi, Froberger and Frescobaldi. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY features violin works by Johann Jakob Walther, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, and Heinrich von Biber. DÉJÀ VU features the dance suites of Jean-Fery Rebel, as well as works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Jean-Marie Leclair. Also: CLASSICAL PROGRAM featuring sonatas and trios by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Sammartini, Boccherini, Viotti and Mary Jane Guest. BACH & HANDEL featuring the violin sonatas of J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel.
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