Magnificat Baroque Ensemble 2016-03-15T23:02:45Z http://magnificatbaroque.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Magnificat <![CDATA[Magnificat Musicians]]> http://www.cozzolani.com/MagnificatBaroqueNew/2010-2011/magnificat-artists-2/ 2015-08-13T19:22:21Z 2012-04-22T05:03:23Z First Row Jolianne von Einem Paul Elliott Jennifer Ellis Kampani Richard Van Hessel Catherine Webster Robert Stafford

Second Row Christopher LeCluyse Jennifer Paulino Rob Diggins Julie Jeffrey Daniel Hutchings Carla Moore

Third Row Katherine Heater Martin Hummel Laura Heimes Warren Stewart Louise Carslake Peter Becker

Fourth Row David Morris Anthony Martin Nigel North John Dornenburg Aaron Sheehan Jillon Stoppels Dupree

Fifth Row Andrew Rader David Wilson Hugh Davies Stephen Escher Herbert Myers John Lenti

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Christine Brandes]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/?p=3556 2015-08-18T18:27:19Z 2012-04-19T11:19:51Z Christine BrandesNoted for her radiant, crystalline voice and superb musicianship, soprano Christine Brandes brings her committed artistry to repertoire ranging from the 17th century to newly composed works and enjoys an active career in North America and abroad, performing at many of the world’s most distinguished festivals and concert series in programs spanning from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera. In the 2014-15 season, Christine Brandes returns to Seattle Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, conducted by Gary Thor Wedow. She also joins the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for György Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel, and sings Bach’s Mass in B minor with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center. The 2013-14 season included Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Rizzi, a program of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah and Haydn’s Mass No. 10 in C major Paukenmesse with the Santa Rosa Symphony led by Bruno Ferrandis, and performances at the 92nd Street Y in New York City with the Brentano String Quartet.

During recent seasons, Ms. Brandes gave a series of important premieres including an Eric Moe commission entitled Of Color Braided All Desire with the Brentano String Quartet as part of the South Mountain Concert Series, and Jennifer Higdon’s In the Shadow of Sirius, based on poetry of former American Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin with the Cypress String Quartet at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Ms. Brandes appeared at Washington National Opera as Despina in Così fan tutte conducted by Philippe Auguin and as Catherine in William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge and made returns to Portland Opera in Così fan tutte, to Central City Opera as Maria Corona in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street, and to Seattle Opera as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Gary Thor Wedow in a new production directed by Chris Alexander. She also bowed with Arizona Opera as the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, conducted by Joel Revzen, and with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and as The Governess in The Turn of the Screw.

Recent symphonic appearances have included concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the batons of both Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen, performances of John Adams’s El Niño with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Michael Christie and the Phoenix Symphony, St. John Passion with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Sir Simon Rattle and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra and John Nelson, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Grant Gershon, Handel’s L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Kennedy Center, conducted by Jane Glover, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Beethoven’s Egmont with Wolfgang Sawallisch and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle, both with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mozart opera arias and Strauss orchestral songs with the National Symphony Orchestra and Heinz Fricke, Bach Cantatas with the New World Symphony Orchestra, a recording and European tour of Jomelli's Ezio with world renowned baroque orchestra Il Complesso Barocco under the baton of Alan Curtis, Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Tafelmusik, and the Minnesota Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Jane Glover and the Music of the Baroque, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War with Bernard Labadie and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony, the Canton Symphony, and paired with Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Santa Rosa Symphony.  She also has bowed at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and at the Ravinia Festival with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra as well as with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Freiburger Barockorchester, and the Handel & Haydn Society, Pacific Symphony and Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal, as well as a residency with the Oregon Bach Festival with performances of several Bach Cantatas and a semi-staged version of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc under the batons of Helmuth Rilling and Marin Alsop respectively, among others.

Christine Brandes’ operatic career has been highlighted by engagements at Houston Grand Opera in Ariodante with Christopher Hogwood and in Falstaff with Patrick Summers, at Seattle Opera in Giulio Cesare, and at the Los Angeles Opera in L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Harry Bicket and in Hänsel und Gretel with Alan Gilbert.  Additional performances of the artist’s distinguished career have brought her to San Diego Opera in Ariodante, Central City Opera in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation in Così fan tutte, Opera Theatre of St. Louis in Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage, Portland Opera in Così fan tutte, Glimmerglass Opera both in Handel’s Orlando and Acis and Galatea, San Francisco Opera in Semele under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras, the Opéra de Nancy in Alcina, New York City Opera in Acis and Galatea and Platée, and to the Opera Company of Philadelphia in Die ZauberflöteL’Elisir d’amore, and Don Giovanni.  Ms. Brandes has performed Le nozze di Figaro with New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Pacific, and with the opera companies of Minnesota, Montréal, Philadelphia, and Québec. Christine Brandes has recorded for EMI, BMG/Conifer Classics, Dorian, Harmonia Mundi USA, Virgin Classics, and Koch International.

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Rob Diggins]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=277 2015-03-11T06:19:34Z 2012-04-18T22:53:28Z Performer and teacher, Rob Diggins, is a Bhaktin or devotional musician, and a Samayacharin, as guided by the Himalayan Yoga Tradition, or, Parampara. As such, Rob and his students have made the pledge to eradicate violence.

In this light, one aspect of 2015/16 season, sees the initiation of a comprehensive recording project by Rob, at the request of his students, of the complete Etudes, Caprices, Fantasies, etc. from the standard classical violin repertoire as well as the extensive traditional oral teachings from the Nada Yoga Parampara.

In addition to attending to his flourishing private studio Rob continues his work as a principal player with the Portland Baroque Orchestra directed by Monica Huggett, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the Wiener Akademie, directed by Martin Haselböck, Magnificat San Francisco dir. by Warren Stewart, and the Corona Del Mar Baroque Festival Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble, dir. by Elizabeth Blumenstock.

Concurrently, Rob is working towards the completing of his E - 500 hr RYT certification through the Teacher Training Program of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition (AHYMSIN) with the direct guidance of his teachers, Swami Veda Bharati (Himalayan Yoga Tradition) since 1983 and Shree Vidya Chandramouli (South Indian Classical Music) since 2006, and their devotees.

Background photo by Nika Korniyenko

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Magnificat <![CDATA[John Dornenburg]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=285 2015-01-05T21:33:16Z 2012-04-17T22:57:41Z John Dornenburg is a San Francisco Bay Area performer, teacher, and recording artist. He performs on all sizes of viola da gamba and has been featured on more than 30 CD recordings. His most recent two CDs feature virtuoso music for unaccompanied viola da gamba by Schenck, Abel, Sainte-Colombe, Kühnel, Simpson, Hacquart, and Hume, but he has also recorded solo music by more familiar composers such as J.S. Bach, Telemann, Marais, and Handel. John has appeared as soloist at major festivals in the British Isles, Poland, Turkey, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, and Holland, and at both the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals in the U.S.A. He is director of the Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, co-director of the Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, and co-founder of the Baroque ensemble Music’s Re-creation. In the Bay Area he also performs regularly with Magnificat, and, on occasion, with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Jubilate Orchestra, and many others. He studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and with Wieland Kuijken in The Hague, where he was awarded the Soloist’s Diploma. John is Lecturer in viola da gamba at Stanford University, Instructor of violone at UC Berkeley, and Faculty Emeritus in music history at CSU, Sacramento.

Visit John's Website

Background photo by Warren Stewart

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Jillon Stoppels Dupree]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=1058 2014-01-20T21:17:31Z 2012-04-16T23:31:40Z Described as “one of the most outstanding early musicians in North America” (IONARTS) and “a baroque star” (Seattle Times), harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree has captivated audiences in cities ranging from London to Amsterdam to New York. Her world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra (heralded as “superb” by the New York Times) was released to high acclaim in fall of 2006 on the Orange Mountain Music label. Her playing can also be heard on the Meridian, Wild Boar, Decca and Delos record labels; and she has appeared live on BBC England, Polish National Television, CBS Television and National Public Radio.

Jillon has been a featured artist at the highly-respected early music festivals of York (England), Boston and Berkeley, as well as at the National Music Museum, the Cleveland and Santa Barbara Museums of Art, and numerous universities and colleges. Her chamber music collaborations include performances with violinists Ingrid Matthews, Stanley Ritchie and Jaap Schröder; violists da gamba Wieland Kuijken and Margriet Tindemans; singers Julianne Baird, Ellen Hargis and Ann Monoyios; and recorder virtuosi Marion Verbruggen, Eva Legene and Vicki Boeckman. Recent activities include a residency at Stanford University, concerts with the Seattle Symphony, participation in the Gustav Leonhardt Tribute recital at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and a solo Bach recording project.

A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalists grant, Jillon has taught at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan. She is currently on the early music faculty at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts and is the founding director of the Gallery Concerts early music series in Seattle.

Background photo by Warren Stewart

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Jolianne Einem]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=279 2016-02-10T15:30:51Z 2012-04-15T22:55:22Z Jolianne von Einem was raised in Los Angeles and studied violin at UCLA and USC and baroque violin with Monica Huggett. She is a co-founder of the ensemble El Mundo and performs and records with the Portland, Los Angles, Seattle, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestras. In Europe she has performed and recorded with The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Hausmusik and Trio Sonnerie. She can be heard on the Audioquest, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Koch, & Telarc labels. Joli now lives in Humboldt County where whe started the Harvest Music Festival and a garden.

background photo by Nika Korniyenko

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Katherine Heater]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=1028 2016-02-10T15:40:20Z 2012-04-15T03:40:20Z Since 1996, harpsichordist, fortepianist, and organist Katherine Heater has made her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a frequent performer with Magnificat, Mazzetto, Voices of Music and others. She has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco School of the Arts and The Crowden School, as well as at three of the San Francisco Early Music Society's summer workshops. She has performed throughout the United States, including at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Tropical Baroque Festival of Miami, as well as abroad in Iceland, Taiwan, France, and the Netherlands.

Katherine received her B.A. in music from UC Berkeley and her M.M. in historical performance from Oberlin Conservatory. Thanks to fellowships from her alma mater and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, Katherine studied early keyboards at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.

background photo by Nika Korniyenko

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Julie Jeffrey]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=1236 2016-02-10T15:38:18Z 2012-04-12T23:50:36Z Julie Jeffrey began her career in early music performance while pursuing graduate studies in Musicology at the University of Chicago. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she freelances locally and abroad, appearing with Magnificat and American Bach Soloists, the Newberry Consort, the Catacoustic Consort, Scaramella, the Terra Nova Consort. She has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, the California Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival, and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Julie is a member of Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, is the founder and creative mastermind of the acclaimed trio Wildcat Viols, is half of the viol duo Hallifax & Jeffrey, and co-director of Barefoot Chamber Concerts.  Devoted to promoting all aspects of interest in her instrument, Ms. Jeffrey is a frequent instructor at early music workshops across the country, is a co-founder and active member of the Viola da Gamba Society, Pacifica Chapter, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

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Magnificat <![CDATA[David Kurtenbach]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/?p=3464 2016-02-10T15:35:07Z 2012-04-10T13:33:29Z David Kurtenbach enjoys a varied career as singer, conductor, and educator in the Bay Area and beyond. He regularly performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Clerestory, AVE, and Volti. Described as "fluid" and "beautifully nocturnal", he has performed at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Ojai, Oregon Bach Festival, and Berkeley Festival & Exposition. David earned degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Oberlin Conservatory and spent more than a decade conducting opera, most recently serving as Chorus Master of Opera San Jose. Currently, he is the principal voice and music theory instructor for the boys and clergy of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. As a member of the renowned Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, he sings services twice weekly next to his young students.

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Magnificat <![CDATA[Anthony Martin]]> http://magnificatbaroque.com/2010-2011/?p=1121 2016-02-10T15:38:47Z 2012-04-09T06:45:24Z Violinist/violist Anthony Martin grew up in Santa Rosa, where he joined the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1961. He attended Stanford University where he played Renaissance instruments as well as violin. After a couple of years as an untrained and unlicensed music therapist at the Children's Treatment Center School of Camarillo State Hospital, he entered the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned his highest degree, a Master of Music.

Embarrassed by a lack of mastery, he then went for several years to Boston University, completing most requirements for a Doctorate, while studying violin with Joseph Silverstein, chamber music with Eugene Lehner, and various musicological subjects. Increasing gigging prevented completion of that third degree. About this time he got involved with period instruments and became a founding member of many prominent early music ensembles including Frans Brueggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Amsterdam), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), the Smithsonian Chamber Players (Washington, D.C.), and Aston Magna (New York).

Since returning to the west coast he has taught violin and/or coached chamber music at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He continues to play with O18 & PBO. His current chamber groups are String Circle (Santa Rosa), the Novello Quartet (Seattle) and the New Esterházy Quartet (Berkeley.)

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