Grand Harmonie - Brass Harmonie

Friday, February 07, 2014

7:30 pm


Tickets:          $20 General, $10 Students & Seniors

Group discounts available


Pas Redoublés et Marches                  Luigi Cherubini

Quator                                                 Sigismund Neukomm

Le Rende-vous de Chasse                   Gioachino Rossini

Sonata op. 17                                       Ludwig Van Beethoven

Polonaise                                            Joseph Küffner



Yoni Kahn, Elisabeth Axtell, James Hampson and Ian Petruzzi, natural horns                       Christopher Belluscio, trompette demilune and keyed bugle

Liza Malamut, trombone

Sylvia Berry, fortepiano



Join Grand Harmonie for a lively showcase performance of rare brass instruments!  The unique menagerie includes keyed bugles, valveless or “natural” horns, early trombone, and a fascinating invention called the trompette demilune, a crescent-shaped trumpet that allows the player to use complicated hand-stopping techniques most often employed by hornists.  These once-modern marvels will be demonstrated in engaging works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gioachino Rossini, Luigi Cherubini, Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, and Joseph Küffner.

Highlights of the program include the Pas Redoublés et Marches by Luigi Cherubini, written at the suggestion of Colonel von Witzleben, Commandant of a Prussian rifle regiment stationed at the garrison of Paris during Napoleon’s 1814 exile.  Its quirky and delightful score employs three natural horns, trombone, and the trompette demilune.  Rossini’s Le Rende-vous de Chasse is a thrilling work for four natural horns that conjures up the sights and sounds of the hunt.  Grand Harmonie will be joined by renowned fortepianist Sylvia Barry, who partners with natural horn soloist Elisabeth Axtell for Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 17, a monumental work in which the composer places equal artistic demand on both soloist and accompanist.                               

Brass Harmonie is the third program in Grand Harmonie’s 2013-2014 season which will also feature two large-scale orchestral programs: Beethoven: A Premier Anniversary – celebrating the 200th anniversary of the premier of Beethoven's 8th Symphony, and Shakespeare the Romantic – Mendelssohn's incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream.


About the ensemble:

Grand Harmonie is a vital new force in the cultural landscape, using a core group of wind players as both a chamber ensemble and the backbone of an orchestra. The ensemble is dedicated to historically-informed performances of music from Mozart to Brahms on the instruments for which it was written, in concerts ranging from intimate salon-style events to full scale orchestral programs and opera. Grand Harmonie's first season drew praise from The New York Times for "playing with alert lyricism” in Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, and from the Boston Globe for “a raw rustic flavor with piquant winds and horns” in Rossini's Cinderella.