GALAX QUARTET (with guests)

(re)Constructions—of Bach, Bach/Busoni, PJ Meyer, plus a world premiere by N. Galbraith
The Galax Quartet— with guest soloists Stephen Schultz (Baroque flute) and Cheryl Ann Fulton (harp) — performs the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s Rustic Breezes, and Jacques Meyer’s Sonata for harp and string quartet with new reconstructions of the lost string parts, rounding out the concert with a portion of Art of the Fugue with both the CPE Bach and the Busoni versions of JS Bach’s unfinished final fugue.The Galax Quartet is modeled after an early version of the string quartet—two violins, cello and viola da gamba—developed by the eighteenth century composer and viola da gamba virtuoso, Carl Friedrich Abel. Since 2005, the Galax Quartet has been exploring early classical music, commissioning new music, and performing these in surprising collaborations. Our concert for the Berkeley Early Music Festival 2018 features (1) the premiere of a powerful new work by composer Nancy Galbraith written for Galax and Baroque flutist Stephen Schultz, and (2) the restoration of a delightful Sonata for Harp and String Quartet written by Jacques Meyer in 1799, performed with harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton. The program is rounded out with a portion of Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), with J.S. Bach’s unfinished final fugue offered in C.P.E. Bach’s version, as well as in the Busoni version.

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Wilson, violin and viola; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; David Morris, cello. With guest artists Cheryl Ann Fulton, harp, and Stephen Schultz, Baroque flute.


Friday, June 8; 1:00 PM
2120 Oxford Street (at Center Street), Berkeley, CA 94720
Price: $15


Baroque violinist David Wilson has performed extensively with period instrument ensembles in the United States and Europe, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. A co-founder of the Bloomington Early Music Festival, he also performs regularly at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. He has taught Baroque violin at Indiana University. He is the author of Georg Muffat on Performance Practice published by Indiana University Press. (Order here from IU Press.)

Elizabeth Blumenstock is a frequent soloist, concertmaster, and leader with San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists, and is concertmaster of the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany.  Her chamber affiliations include Musica Pacifica, Ensemble Mirable, and Galax Quartet, among others.  She is Director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the USC Thornton School of Music, as well as at the Juilliard School.

Composer and performer on the viola da gamba, Roy Whelden has been called “a key figure in the world of new music” (Early Music America). He has been profiled as a composer and gambist on Minnesota Public Radio.  His recordings include the award winning Shock of the Old and Galax – music for viola da gamba (New Albion 059), as well as Like a Passing River (New Albion 072). He has performed and recorded with many internationally known ensembles, including the medieval ensemble Sequentia.

David Morris has performed with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, Musica Angelica and the Mark Morris Dance Company. He was the founder and musical director of the Bay Area baroque opera ensemble Teatro Bacchino, and has produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society series.