À la Fontaine; Renaissance Consorts and Baroque Trios, Quartets and Quintets for Traversi, from Willaert to Boismortier

Spend this lunch-time concert delighting in the rich legacy of music for multiple flutes. Esteemed traverso players from both coasts come together to perform a program of early renaissance flute consorts and baroque chamber works, including the charming concerti for five flutes by Boismortier.

Vicki Melin, Chris Krueger, Janet See, Na’ama Lion, Lars Johannesson, renaissance and baroque flutes

Thursday, June 7, 2018; 12:00 PM
2837 Claremont Blvd ( near Ashby), Berkeley, CA 94705
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 general admission; $15 seniors and students

Meet the Artists

LARS JOHANNESSON, is an active performer and teacher in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Lars studied modern flute with Lloyd Gowen and Tim Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he also began playing Baroque flute. He pursued post-graduate studies in Baroque flute with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland.

Lars performs with numerous West Coast early music ensembles and orchestras, as well as a variety of ‘modern’ instrument groups. Lars appears regularly with Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, New Music Works and Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Other engagements include performances with Carmel Bach Festival, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Espressivo Orchestra, California Bach Society and Jubilate!. Having an interest in different musical genres, Lars also performs Celtic, Swedish and other traditional music. As a studio musician, Lars has recorded for numerous CD releases, including many on the local Gourd Music label. Lars lives in Santa Cruz and has a website at

CHRISTOPHER KRUEGER received his formative musical training in Boston and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is principal flutist with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Bach Ensemble, Smithsonian Chamber Players, and Boston Baroque. He has been featured as soloist on the Great Performers Series and Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the City of London Festival and Lufthansa Festival in London, the Berlin Bach Festival, and at Tanglewood and Ravinia.

Mr. Krueger has also performed with such diverse groups as the Drottingholm Theatre Orchestra, Aston Magna, Tafelmusik, Orpheus, and the Boston Symphony. He is Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Massachussets at Amherst, and on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music. He has recorded for DG, Sony, L’Oiseau-Lyre, RCA, Centaur, Nonesuch, and Telarc.

NA’AMA LION is well known in the Boston area as a versatile performer on historical flutes. She has explored Baroque, Classical and Romantic music with numerous groups and period orchestras, including La Donna Musicale, Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Cecilia, Arcadia Players, Grand Harmonie, and overseas with Academia Daniel and Barrocade orchestra. Na’ama has also performed medieval music, playing with “Sequentia”; Renaissance music with the Renaissance flute quartet “Travesada”; She is also a committed performer of new music, and has had new pieces written for her and her various ensembles by composers John McDonald, Jorge Ibanez, Atsushi Yoshinaka, Paul Brust, Murray Barsky, Marti Epstein, Robert Carl, and pre-eminent Israeli composer Leon Schidlowsky. Recently she has collaborated with the crossover ensemble “Rumbarroco” playing Latin American music.

Na’ama holds a Doctoral degree from Boston University, a Soloist Diploma from the Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands, and a BMus. degree in modern flute performance from the Tel Aviv University. She teaches at the Longy School of Music and directs a chamber music program at Harvard College. She is a sought-after teacher at summer workshops, including Amherst Early Music and the International Baroque Institute at Longy. Na’ama has recorded for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Telarc and private labels.

VICKI MELIN classical, baroque and renaissance flutes, has performed in Bay Area early music ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, California Bach Society, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, MUSA, and Nash Baroque. She attended Boston University for her Masters of Music, studying with Christopher Krueger; and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Hague, The Netherlands, where she received an Advanced Diploma in Performance, studying with Wilbert Hazelzet. Other esteemed teachers include, Janet See, Sandra Miller and Nancy Hadden. She has performed with orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands and Italy, and is frequently a guest soloist with International Organ and Chamber Music Festivals in Krakow and Katowice, Poland.

She currently lives in San Francisco, performing, teaching at SF Waldorf School and at her private studio, and raising two fabulous daughters; the elder who can be heard singing with the San Francisco Girl’s Chorus in this year’s Mainstage production of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with Voices of Music; and the younger who will be dancing with San Francisco Renaissance Dancers in Fringe concert, “The Dancing Master” with Nash Baroque. View

JANET SEE is one of today’s outstanding performers on baroque and classical flute. For over 30 years she has performed as a soloist, in chamber music, and in orchestras throughout North America and Europe. She played principal flute for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s two orchestras recording the complete Mozart Operas and Beethoven Symphonies as well as numerous other discs. While in London she also played principal flute for ‘The Taverner Players’, conducted by Andrew Parrott. Janet plays principal flute with Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan and has recorded Vivaldi and Mozart Concertos with that orchestra. She also performs frequently with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and as guest soloist with chamber music ensembles throughout the US and Canada.

Janet is on the Early Music Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and is an active and enthusiastic teacher of early flutes and also of interpreting the nuance and language of baroque and classical music on modern flute. She received her degree on the modern flute at Oberlin Conservatory, training with Robert Willoughby. Her post-graduate training was with Frans Vester in The Hague. Janet is a qualified teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique, having trained in London with Walter Carrington. She currently lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and her son.