"Art works are the principal recorded sources of mankind's conscious awareness." – Albert Fuller
Insightful Programs, Historically Informed, Intimate Space
Taking its name from the Greek mountain that was the mythical home of Mnemosyne, goddess of Memory, and her daughters, the nine Muses, Helicon was founded in 1985 by harpsichordist Albert Fuller as a forum for exploring chamber music in a historical context.
Led since 2006 by Artistic Director, James Roe, Helicon presents and produces an annual subscription series of four Symposiums featuring performance and discussion of chamber music. Each Helicon Symposium addresses a particular musical or cultural question with expressly chosen repertoire, performers, and instruments. Interaction between audience and performers is encouraged.
Helicon has released five commercial recordings with music by Bach, Vivaldi, Rameau, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann performed on period instruments. Helicon’s next release features the first recording of Schoenberg’s string sextet Verklärte Nacht on gut strings and is expected in early 2012.
Helicon has been presented by Carnegie Hall and has co-produced music education events with Mannes College The New School for Music, and the New York-based chamber orchestra, The Knights.
Helicon’s activities are supported through the tax-deductible contributions of its Members, who make up the core audience of Helicon’s Symposiums.
"Intimate, immaculately fashioned symposiums"
—The New York Times
“an important early music organization”
— The New York Times
“The most civilized events in New York City”
— Bruce Simon, Helicon charter member