Symposiums Current Season

Symposium 127-CROSSING THE CHANNEL

CROSSING THE CHANNEL

23 and 24 September 2018

  • Chloe Fedor, Jeffrey Girton, Augusta McKay Lodge, and Alana Youssefian, violins
  • Jessica Troy, viola • Ezra Seltzer, cello
  • Avi Stein, harpsichord
Immigrants in 18th Century London
 
Works by Handel, Gemiani, Carbonelli, Barsanti, and Avison
 
Exploring the immigrants who came over the cliffs of Dover to make London of the early 18th century one of Europe’s great cultural capitals. This tide of new arrivals included the famous George Frideric Handel, who would become the greatest composer of his adopted country for over a century, and others who followed the craze for Archangelo Corelli, the “Orpheus of his age.”

Symposium 128-EMPIRE’S END

EMPIRE'S END

2 and 3 December 2018

  • Jennifer Frautschi and Guillaume Pirard, violins
  • Raman Ramakrishnan, cello • Michael Brown, piano
  • Colin Balzer, tenor

Edward Elgar—Piano Quintet

Charles Villiers Stanford—Piano Quartet #2 (American premiere)

Shakespeare songs by Quilter, Finzi, and Gurney

We travel forward from London as a mecca for continental artists to the twilight of the metropolis as the center of an Empire. Beloved artists of Helicon join with newcomers to perform this last generation of romantic composers that embody the end of an era, a moment where the world stood on the edge of a cliff.

Symposium 129-THE VERY FIRST VIENNESE SCHOOL

THE VERY FIRST VIENNESE SCHOOL

20 and 21 January 2019

  • Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, violins
  • Greg Ingles, sackbut - David Morris, viola da gamba - Dominic Teresi, dulcian
  • John Lenti, theorbo and guitar - Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ

Works of Schmelzer, Bertali, Kerll, Fux, and Muffat.

In contrast to the so-called First Viennese School of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven or its 20th-century successor, the second school of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern, stands the wondrous and fantastical music of 17th-century Vienna. While Muffat, Schmelzer and Bertali may not have the name recognition as these later heirs to their city, in The Very First Viennese School we invite you to delight in another Helicon symposium filled with surprising discoveries.

Symposium 130-SONS OF THE REVOLUTION

SONS OF THE REVOLUTION

14 and 15 April 2019

  • Aisslin Nosky, violin • Maureen Murchie, viola
  • Beiliang Shu, cello • Ilya Poletaev, piano

Ludwig Van Beethoven—Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, Eroica (arranged for quartet by F. Reis)
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1

Ferdinand Reis—Violin Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 71

 

Over the past few years Helicon has set up wonderful collaborations between some of our favorite performers. With Sons of the Revolution we build on the success of our matchmaking skills by uniting pianist Ilya Poletaev, cellist Beiliang Zhu and violinist Aisslinn Nosky. This final symposium of the season combines the music of Beethoven and his pupil Ferdinand Ries, including the revolutionary Eroica Symphony, in a chamber version fit for our intimate space.