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Presenting the

Ensemble Chaconne


November 19, 2017

3:00 PM at
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Photo of the Ensemble Chaconne

Ensemble Chaconne, pictured above from left to right:

Peter H. Bloom, renaissance and baroque flute; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, theorbo, early guitars and Carol Lewis, viola da gamba.

Ensemble Chaconne (Peter H. Bloom, baroque flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba and Olav Chris Henriksen, baroque lute and English guitar) will treat the audience to a dazzling tour of chamber music treasures from 18th century London, performed on instruments of the period. The concert will feature masterpieces by Handel and Vivaldi, favorites of Londoners during the first half of the century, and selections by other great European composers who settled in London later: J. C. Bach, Carl Friedrich Abel (the last great viola da gamba virtuoso), famed oboist Johann Christian Fischer, and illustrious violinist Felice de Giardini.

The concert will showcase the English guitar (popular in 18th century London but rarely heard today), with baroque flute, viola da gamba, and baroque lute.

Founded in 1985, Ensemble Chaconne concertizes internationally, with tours in England, Ontario, and across the United States. The group has been acclaimed for “virtuosity, balance and charm” (The Portland Press Herald) and praised for “vitality and character…style and verve” (MusicWeb International). Ensemble Chaconne has performed at London's National Gallery, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s residency at Davidson College, the Edison Theatre in St. Louis, The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the Yale Center for British Art, to name a few.

Ensemble Chaconne records on the Americas Musicworks label. Their CD Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays has been called “a must have” (Alabama Public Radio), “a rich musical experience” (The Concord Monitor), and “the perfect Elizabethan evening” (The Portland Press Herald). The disc is available at

PETER H. BLOOM, flute, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; is featured on 40 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Leo Records, other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed for Animusic Portugal (Braga), New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, University of Canberra (Australia), Payap University in Chiang Mai, Goethe Institute in Bangkok, The New York Flute Club, The National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), The Metropolitan Museum, and others. A noted jazz artist, he is a veteran of the renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and has performed with jazz legends Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard, and others. He has given lectures and master classes across the globe and has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, and The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where he performs and lectures regularly. Mr. Bloom serves on the faculty of Snow Pond Composers Workshop and is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music. He holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University.

OLAV CHRIS HENRIKSEN, acclaimed in Europe and North America as a soloist on lute, theorbo and early guitars, is also a much sought-after ensemble player, performing and recording with the Boston Camerata, Handel & Haydn Society, Waverly Consort, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, and Chanticleer, among others. Recent performances include Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Cantata Singers and Bach’s St. John Passion with Emmanuel Music, concerts with the Boston Camerata in Paris and Normandy, and appearances at the Library of Congress and the Wadsworth Atheneum. His solo recording, Guitar of the North, is on the Centaur label; his first solo recording, La Guitarre Royalle: French Baroque and Classical Guitar Music, is on the Museum Music label, and he has also recorded for Nonesuch, Erato, Pro Musica, Telarc and Decca. He performs and lectures frequently at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and has lectured at Harvard University, Cambridge; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Musikkhögskolen, Oslo; Aston Magna Academy, Rutgers University; and Lincoln Center Institute, New York. He teaches at the Boston Conservatory and the University of Southern Maine. The Boston Herald praised his playing, saying, “Henriksen was able to dazzle with his virtuosity in the fantastical figurations of John Dowland’s solo Fantasy for lute and Kapsberger’s similarly brilliant Toccata prima.”


November 19, 2017

Ensemble Chaconne

Peter H. Bloom, renaissance and baroque flute
Carol Lewis, viola da gamba
Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, theorbo, early guitars

European Masters in 18th Century England

Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Sonata in a minor (Hallenser Sonata No. 1)

Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741)
Concerto in D major (per liuto)

Gottfried Finger (ca. 1660-1730)
Sonata seconda in D major

John Stanley (1712-1786)
Sonata in e minor, opus IV, no. 2


Thomas Linley, Sr. (1732-1795)
When Sable Night
Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780)
Sweetest Bard
Anne Ford (1737-1824)
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
Che ciascun per te sospiri

Rudolf Straube (1717-1785)
Fantasie for English guitar in C Major
Felice de Giardini (1716-1796)
Trio V in C major

Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
Solos for viola da gamba in d minor

Johann Christian Fischer (1733-1800)
Sonata IX in d minor

Program subject to change

Management by Americas Musicworks

Admission is at the door by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. For complete details see our General Information page.

Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert possible.

CAROL LEWIS has been called a “zestful and passionate champion” of the viola da gamba. She has demonstrated her virtuosity and versatility as a soloist in recitals in the United States and abroad, as well as in performances of cantatas and Passions by Bach and others. A former student of Jordi Savall, Ms. Lewis holds a soloist diploma from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland). She has toured and recorded extensively with Hespèrion, the Boston Camerata, and Capriccio Stravagante. Recent performances include appearances with Hespèrion at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Baylor University and with the Boston Camerata at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum concert series (Boston, MA), and the Radio France Auditorium (Paris). She has recorded on Astrée, EMI, Lyrichord, Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, Erato, Atma Classique and Koch International. Ms. Lewis has taught at Festival dei Saraceni (Pamparato, Italy), Milano Civica Scuola di Musica (Italy), New England Conservatory of Music, Amherst Early Music, and the annual summer conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, and she has lectured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is a co-founder of the Society for Historically Informed Performance. The Boston Herald called her playing “brilliantly florid,” and the Centre Presse (Poitiers, France) admired her “technique and musicality, her breathtaking dexterity.”

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