Main Line Early Music

The Church of the Good Shepherd is pleased to announce its inaugural series, "Main Line Early Music". Good Shepherd is easily recognized as the green oasis along the bustling Lancaster Avenue surrounded by shopping centers and restaurants. Amid that oasis stands our beautiful Gothic revival church, a perfect venue for listening to chamber music. Our series has invited some of the region's finest early music ensembles, performing on period instruments, such as Kleine Kammermusik, La Bernardinia, Night Music, The Franklin Quartet, Filament, Galline, and the Sylvan Consort to create a wonderful series of chamber music ranging from viol consort music of the Renaissance and early Baroque through the music heard in the salons of London, Paris and Philadelphia during the Age of Enlightenment. Please join us, and spread the word to other music loving friends about this exciting new series right here in Bryn Mawr!

September 15, 2019

Filament

Northern Lights: Music of Buxtehude & his Contemporaries

Filament is a new ensemble of Philadelphia-based period-instrument soloists. Comprising violinist Evan Few, viola da gamba player Elena Smith, and harpsichordist John Walthausen, their first program is an exploration of 17th century chamber music from Northern Europe featuring special guest soprano Clara Swartzentr├╝ber.

October 6, 2019

Kleine Kammermusik

Across the Alps: Music in the Prague Court

This program pays tribute to Count Morzin, a wealthy musical amateur who maintained an ensemble of top-level virtuosi in his Prague residence and commissioned works from Vivaldi, the most famous Italian composer of the day. Kleine Kammermusik's performers are Geoffrey Burgess and Margaret Owens, oboes and recorders; Stephanie Corwin, bassoon; Rebecca Humphrey, cello and viola da gamba; and Leon Schelhase, harpsichord.

November 10, 2019

Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba

Touch Me Lightly

An adventurous program of unaccompanied viol music, transcriptions, and self-accompanied songs which will include surprises whether you are new to the viol or very familiar with it. Enjoy the incomparably rich and intimate sound of both six- and seven-string viols, in the resonant space of the Church of the Good Shepherd, and in the masterful hands of this internationally experienced and recognized performer, now professor at the Juilliard School. Sarah will sing and play 17th and 20th century songs, Passacaglias by Biber and by Martha Bishop, and works by Hume, Dowland, and Abel.

January 26, 2020

Galline

Affetti Musicali

Violinists Margaret Humphrey and Kiika Holmqvist, harpsichordist Barbara Weiss, and cellist Rebecca Humphrey, have crafted a program entitled Affetti Musicali, which features music of the violin virtuoso Biagio Marini. His pieces published in 1617 (with the same title as our program), grew out of a social experiment meant to inspire listeners into "conversazione", with the goal of sharing and inciting charged emotional responses. His music was inventive, transformative, and especially influential to the world of violinist/composers like Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli, Marco Uccellini, Tarquinio Merula, John Paul Westhoff, and Johann Walther, all of whom are featured on this concert.

February 23, 2020

La Bernardinia

Solo, Duo, Trio: Baroque Music of England, Germany & France

Rainer Beckmann, Donna Fournier, and Marcia Kravis present a concert of music for recorder, viola da gamba and harpsichord, alone and in ensemble. The repertory, composed by Couperin, Philidor, Morel, Telemann, Bach and Abel, spans a century of instrumental music heard in the courts and towns of Northern Europe.

March 29, 2020

Night Music

Diversions & Distractions

Heather Miller Lardin, double bass; Steven Zohn, flute; and colleagues perform a concert of classical chamber music for strings and winds.

April 19, 2020

Sarah Cunningham and Friends

Devices and Desires

Sarah Cunningham, Tina Chancey, and John Mark Rozendaal are three of the most active viola da gamba players in the country, performing with Hesperus, Trio Settecento, Brandywine Baroque, Tempesta di Mare, Sonnerie, and many other ensembles. Playing together for many years in various guises, they share a commitment to reviving the improvisational side of early music, so important for centuries for the viol in particular. Their program includes music both complex and passionate, from 14th to 18th century, from obscure to familiar, from intimate to virtuosic, from Burgundy to Berlin. Binchois, Gibbons, Monteverdi, Locke, and maybe even some Bach!.

May 3, 2020

Kleine Kammermusik

Dances for Queens

We often forget that some of the most musical patrons of the Baroque were women. This program includes music that accompanied queens in their daily lives and celebrated the sovereign charm they brought to the lives of others. Music by Purcell, Jacquet de la Guerre, Francois Couperin, and others. Kleine Kammermusik's performers are Geoffrey Burgess and Margaret Owens, oboes and recorders; Stephanie Corwin, bassoon; Rebecca Humphrey, cello and viola da gamba; and Leon Schelhase, harpsichord.

Performances take place at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1116 E Lancaster Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010 on Sundays at 3pm. Preferred seating is $30, general admission $20, students $10. For more information, to join our mailing list, or to make a donation supporting this concert series, contact office@goodshepherdrosemont.com or call 215-435-6016. We look forward to seeing you! -- Matthew Glandorff, Church of the Good Shepherd Organist and Choir Master