Lux Concert: Bach x2 + Buxtehude for Harpsichord & Baroque

Leon Schelhase & Geoffrey Burgess Aberfoyle Baroque
Leon Schelhase & Geoffrey Burgess
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
Aberfoyle Place, N.W., Washington DC 20015
Program Details: 

Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)    Prealudium in g minor BuxWV 163

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)    Sonata for Oboe and Harpsichord BWV1030b

J.S. Bach    Keyboard Toccata in D major BWV 912

C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788)    12 Variationen uber die Folie d'Espagne for Keyboard Wq. 118/9

C.P.E. Bach    Oboe Solo in g minor; H. 549

NOTE:  The program will be followed by a complimentary candlelight dessert fête and fine wines. 

Leon Schelhase

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Leon Schelhase found himself resonating with Baroque music from an early age. His musical studies brought him to the harpsichord early on, and subsequently landed him in the United States where he has rapidly become sought after as both soloist and continuo performer. A recipient of the American Bach Soloists’ prestigious Goldberg Prize, Leon’s solo performances have been praised as “exquisite” and filled with “virtuosity” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, and his continuo playing described as revealing “clean and clear lines… always distinct within the surrounding textures.” Having lived and studied in Boston, Leon has had the privileged of performing with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Florilege, and the Gardener Museum Orchestra. His involvement with conductor-less string band A Far Cry, described by the Montpelier Times Argus as “matching [the soloists’] tasteful ornamenting with unusual sensitivity,” culminated in an appearance as guest artist on their first CD “Debut”. But Leon’s most notable musical collaboration in Boston has been with Cambridge Concentus, an ensemble specializing in the music of Bach, and of which he is a founding member. In 2009, famed conductor Joshua Rifkin directed the ensemble in an epoch-making performance of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion on tour in Japan. Leon holds a BMus (Hons) from the University of Cape Town, and a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance from Boston University where he was a student of Peter Sykes. He currently resides in Philadelphia where his local and broader involvement in early music is evident with performances with his chamber ensemble, Old City Music, La Rocinante (Colombia), Ars Antiqua, the Philadelphia Bach Festival Orchestra and New York State Baroque, Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY) and continuo accompanist fellow at the Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, OH. He appeared as guest soloist with the American Bach Soloists, CA and served as Assistant Conductor in Handel’s TESEO at the Chicago Opera Theater. Leon joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and is anticipating the release of his new album of solo harpsichord music titled ‘PHANTASTICUS’ in 2015.

Geoffrey Burgess

Geoffrey Burgess has played Baroque oboe around the globe for over thirty years. A key figure in the early-instrument revival in Australia, and for twenty years a member of Les Arts Florissants in Paris, Geoffrey appears regularly with the Washington Bach Consort, Philadelphia Bach Festival, Concert Royal, and Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, Publick Musick (Rochester), New York State Baroque, and Old City Music in Philadelphia. Burgess is also an active scholar, with a PhD on French Baroque opera from Cornell University, and the award-winning study The Oboe, written in collaboration with Bruce Haynes. Well-Tempered Recorders: Friedrich von Huene and the Making of Early Music in a New World was released in 2015, and his critical edition of Haynes’ Nachlass, The Pathetick Musician: Moving an Audience in the Age of Eloquence is due for release next month. In addition to numerous recordings of orchestral and operatic repertoire, Geoffrey solo recordings include music of the Bach Family, contemporary commissions, and Classical chamber music with the Cambini Winds. Dr Burgess has taught at Stony Brook, Duke, and Columbia Universities, as well as on the faculties of Oberlin, Longy and Amherst summer schools. He is currently Baroque Oboe Instructor at Temple University and the Eastman School of Music.  

From Leon Schelhase's new CD: Allegro from Handel's Suite for Harpsichord No. 2, F Major