Sunday, April 24, 4 pm
Corpus Christi Church
Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, violins, directors
Dominic Teresi, dulcian, bassoon
David Morris, cello, viola da gamba
Avi Stein, harpsichord, organ
Charles Weaver, theorbo, guitar
Quicksilver’s unique concert features composers whose scores were available to J.S. Bach through some impressively stocked libraries. What music influenced Bach’s extraordinary compositions? Rosenmüller’s, Buxtehude’s and Kerll’s fantastical 17th-century German sonatas, Couperin’s elegant French suites, and Vivaldi’s lively Italian concertos certainly came into play.
Artist website: www.quicksilverbaroque.com
Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Quicksilver brings together many of today’s leading historically informed performers in North America to vibrantly explore the rich chamber music repertory from the early modern period to the High Baroque. The ensemble has been featured at numerous music series and prestigious festivals, and will make its debut at Carnegie Hall next season. Quicksilver’s debut recording, Stile Moderno, was described as “Breakthrough of the Year…breathtaking” (Huffington Post). Quicksilver’s latest recording, Fantasticus, has been named one of the New Yorker’s Top Ten Recordings of 2014and praised as”irresistible” (Fanfare). Visit Quicksilver online at www.quicksilverbaroque.com for videos and more.
One of America’s most prominent historical string players, Robert Mealy is a frequent soloist and orchestral leader, serving as principal concertmaster at Trinity Wall Street and the Orchestra Director of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra; he recently received a Grammy for his work with BEMF. He has also led the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, accompanied Renee Fleming on the David Letterman Show, and recorded and toured with many distinguished ensembles both here and in Europe. He directs Juilliard’s distinguished Historical Performance Program and previously taught at Yale and Harvard. In 2004, he received EMA’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship. He has recorded over eighty CDs on most major labels.
Julie Andrijeski is among the leading baroque violinists and early music pedagogues in the U.S. In addition to co-directing Quicksilver, she plays with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (Artistic Director), New York State Baroque (Concertmaster), Apollo’s Fire (Principal), and Les Délices. Ms. Andrijeski directs music and dance ensembles and teaches baroque violin full-time at Case Western Reserve University, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also teaches at Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Juilliard, University of Colorado—Boulder, and at various summer workshops. She has recorded on Acis Productions, Dorian Recordings, Centaur, Koch, CPO, Avie, and Musica Omnia.
Dominic Teresi is principal bassoon of Tafelmusik Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Carmel Bach Festival, is a member of Quicksilver and Juilliard Baroque, and teaches at the Juilliard School and University of Toronto. He has also performed with Le Concert d’Astrée, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Arion, Ensemble Caprice, and Apollo’s Fire. In demand on dulcian, baroque, classical and modern bassoon, Mr. Teresi was invited to be a featured artist on CBC Radio. He has appeared as a concerto soloist throughout Europe, North America and Australia. He holds a masters degree and artist diploma from Yale University and a doctorate from Indiana University.
David Morris is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quicksilver, Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, and NY State Baroque Ensemble. He has performed with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Musica Pacifica, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Pacific Musicworks. He was the co-founder and musical director of Teatro Bacchino, and has produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society. Mr. Morris has taught at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, Oberlin, and Cornell University.
Avi Stein is Associate Organist and Chorusmaster at Trinity Wall Street, teaches at Juilliard and Yale, and serves as artistic director of the Helicon Foundation. He was featured in an Early Music America magazine article on the new generation of leaders in the field. He appears regularly with Boston Early Music Festival, Quicksilver, Clarion Music Society, and Bach Vespers NYC. Mr. Stein directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles including Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, Amherst Festival opera, and the critically acclaimed 4×4 Festival. He studied at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.
Charles Weaver performs on early plucked-string instruments both as a recitalist and as an accompanist. Chamber music appearances include Quicksilver, Early Music New York, Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Blue Heron, Musica Pacifica, and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble. He teaches Plucked Instruments at Juilliard and was assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective and has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop in Vancouver, the Madison Early Music Festival, the Western Wind Workshop, and the Yale Baroque Opera Project.