Flying Forms


Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

Flying Forms


Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.

Excellence in Performance

Flying Forms presents a series of concerts at The Baroque Room in Saint Paul, Minnesota each season as well as in series throughout the state.
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Innovative Education

Recently Class Notes Artists in residence with Minnesota Public Radio, Flying Forms has worked with college students and secondary students in masterclasses, side-by-side concerts, and chamber music coachings. Up next is performing for and working with Suzuki students sharing the authentic sound of repertoire from the well-known method books.

Creative Collaboration

In our series at The Baroque Room we frequently collaborate with our colleagues, teachers, and students. From opera productions to Handel's The Messiah or Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and working with dancers and composers, Flying Forms has always pursued projects beyond our core instrumentation.

Recordings

New Music for Old Instruments
Our debut CD featuring the music of composer Nissim Schaul.

Flying Forms recorded music for Minnesota Public Radio for their CD,
Taste of the Holidays, Volume 6, and as Class Notes Artists (2015 and 2017).

Flying Forms members Tulio Rondón and Tami Morse are gearing up to record the complete sonatas for viola da gamba and obligato harpsichord by J. S. Bach. Look for more information here when the recording is completed.

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About Flying Forms

Flying Forms
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

Flying Forms, formed in 2005, is a baroque chamber music ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Core members include Marc Levine, baroque violin, Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Tami Morse, harpsichord. In Saint Paul, the group presents its own series of concerts each year at The Baroque Room, a performance space the group created in 2011. Recent programs have included complete sets of the Rameau harpsichord concerti, Corelli violin sonatas, J. S. Bach sonatas for violin or viola da gamba with obligato harpsichord, as well as larger programs featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the triple harpsichord concerti of J. S. Bach, and Handel’s The Messiah. Past performances have included concerts in notable venues and series including New York’s Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, the DaeJeon Baroque music festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Boston Early Music Festival, where the group produced a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas.

A strong advocate for early music education, Flying Forms has, in addition to many visits and performances at colleges and secondary schools, been in residence with Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and Minnesota Public Radio as Class Notes artists. In these residencies, the group has given masterclasses, coached baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles, performed in side-by-side concerts, given classroom presentations, and ran a complete summer program in baroque music performance.

Flying Forms has been heard regularly on Minnesota Public Radio and is in demand as recitalists in the Twin Cities and across the region. The group also performs contemporary music written for historical instruments and has commissioned many new works for the ensemble or solo harpsichord. A testament to their commitment to new music is their debut CD, New Music for Old Instruments, featuring the music of Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul.

Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.

Marc Levine, baroque violin

Marc Levine enjoys a career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader specializing in performances on both modern and baroque violin. On baroque violin, Marc performs with his chamber ensemble, Flying Forms, that, in addition to performing standard and contemporary repertoire, also presents larger scale programs including oratorios and operas. In Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is based, Marc regularly appears as leader or section member with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Oratory | Sacred Bach, Consortium Carissimi, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. On modern violin, Marc performs chamber music from all eras on various series and with groups including the Lowertown Piano Trio (founding member), Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Minneapolis Music Company, and the MacPhail Spotlight Series. With many of these groups, both recorded and live, Marc has been featured many times as a soloist and ensemble player on Minnesota Public Radio. A noted entrepreneur, Marc co-founded The Baroque Room, a performance space in downtown Saint Paul that hosts over 50 events each year including the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, an event featuring the entire city's classical music scene and named one of the top ten classical music events of 2015 by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

Marc has recorded for Early Music New York on the Ex Cathedra label and with Flying Forms on a disc of new music written for the group by composer Nissim Schaul. A prizewinner in the 2008 American Bach Soloists International Competition for Baroque Violin, Marc has played with many noted early music ensembles around the United States and, on both baroque and modern violin, has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, Yale University, and Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis). In addition to work with Flying Forms as a performer of contemporary music, Marc has been a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, performed and recorded with the Center for Contemporary Opera (New York), Etc. Gallery (Chicago), and regularly collaborates with Saint Paul's own Zeitgeist.

As an educator, Marc speaks, coaches, and presents lecture recitals at universities on baroque performance practice and entrepreneurship. He has also appeared as a pre-concert lecturer for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Fanfare program. With Flying Forms, Marc has worked with students at Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Dickinson College, Concordia University, and the University of Minnesota, among others. Also with the group, Marc has held residencies with Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Public Radio where he has coached, performed for and with pre-college students. Along with private individual instruction, Marc is on the faculties of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and MacPhail Center for the Arts.

Marc received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. He has studied with Franco Gulli, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, the Emerson String Quartet, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Marc Destrubé, among others. Marc plays on a Giovanni Pistucci violin and a Douglas Cox baroque violin.

Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba

Cellist and Gambist Tulio Rondón performs throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, he started his professional life early as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Tulio Rondón's performance career has taken him all over the world, sharing the stage with many internationally celebrated artists.

Tulio Rondón is in demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist. He has been on faculty as the viola da gamba instructor at the White Water Early Music Festival in Wisconsin. He joined the Vancouver Early Music Festival as faculty on viola da gamba and baroque cello alongside Jaap ter Linden in the summer of 2012 and is currently a faculty member of the IMFA (International Music Festival of the Adriatic) in Duino, Italy.

Born in La Victoria, Venezuela, Tulio Rondón began his cello studies through El Sistema, quickly moving up to the highest orchestra by age fifteen. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, his Master of Music from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and completed a Doctoral Degree in performance at the University of Arizona. Pursuing his strong interest in historic performance practice, he continued his studies in The Netherlands, doing post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Mr. Rondón is currently the violoncello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.

Tami Morse, harpsichord

Harpsichordist Tami Morse is active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest and East Coast. With the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered "names to watch" (Berkshire Review for the Arts), Morse has been in residence at Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and with Minnesota Youth Symphonies. A finalist in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, she also performs regularly with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Big Apple Baroque Band, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Morse has a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Edward Parmentier and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas. In addition to her studies in the United States, Morse was awarded a DAAD grant, which she used to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Ketil Haugsand. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the performance space The Baroque Room in the Lowertown area of downtown Saint Paul.

Flying Forms 2018-19 Season Brochure

Flying Forms 2018-19 Concert Series

All concerts are held at The Baroque Room in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The Baroque Room is located at the NW corner of 4th/Wall Streets at 275 East 4th Street #280, Saint Paul, MN (Map).

Voice of the Baroque
with Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano

Friday, November 16 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Recitative and aria is the vocal form that defines the baroque era of music. We explore the expectations set and sometimes upended through the works of Handel, Caldara, and J. S. Bach with mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski.

PROGRAM
HANDEL
Selections from the German Arias
Cantata: Mi Palpita
CALDARA Vicino a un Rivoletto
J. S. BACH Arias from BWV 146 and 86

A Baroque Christmas
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Our annual Christmas concert featuring classic works along with
carols, fiddle tunes, and lute songs. As our most popular
concert, we recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time or requesting reserved seating. With guests Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Ginna Watson, baroque violin, rebec, vielle, and harp; Phillip Rukavina, lute.

Baroque Bassoon: Then and Now
with Joseph Jones, dulcian and baroque bassoon

Friday, February 15 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Before the bassoon, there was the dulcian! This program contrasts seventeenth-century repertoire for dulcian with music written a century later for bassoon by Telemann, the most prolific composer of the High Baroque.

PROGRAM
CASTELLO Sonata Ottava
FRESCOBALDI Canzon XVII a 2 basso detta “La Diodata”
SELMA Canzon a doi basso e soprano
BÖDECKER Sonata sopra “La Monica”
TELEMANN
Concerto á 4 in C Major, TWV 43:C2
Sonata in F Minor for bassoon and continuo, TWV 41:f1
Trio Sonata in B-flat Major, TWV 42:B5

The Sweet Violin: Leclair and his Contemporaries
with Kayo Saito, baroque violin

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Leclair is surrounded by intrigue with the cause of his death still an unsolved mystery. His music for violin is powerful, beautiful, masterfully written, and very French! This program explores his music written for two violins alongside music by J. S. Bach and Rameau.

PROGRAM
LECLAIR
Trio Sonata, Opus 4, No. 4
Ouverture 3, Opus 13
Sonata 3, Opus 13
BACH Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527
RAMEAU First Concert from Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts

Suzuki Project

Some of the best baroque music written for the violin and cello is included in the sets of books used to teach the Suzuki method. During the 2018-19 school year Flying Forms will visit the Northern Lights School for Violin at the Saint Paul Jewish Community Center to perform and coach music found in the Suzuki books. For many students it will be the first time they hear the pieces they are learning performed professionally - not to mention played in an authentic style on original instruments!

Let us know if you are interested in bringing Flying Forms to your Suzuki program. This project can be tailored to the specific needs of your students - we can perform a concert, accompany students in a reading session, give a masterclass, play with students in concert, or lead an orchestra to play Bach and Vivaldi concerti for a reading session or concert.

Contact us to set up a date, ask questions, or share ideas. Be in touch!

Collaborators


Voice of the Baroque
with Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano

Friday, November 16 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018–2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. In international competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich, March 2017, Clara was the very first American prize winner, placing second at Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. In September, the duo was also one of four to reach the finals in the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London, and Clara was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. She recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and third place in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal. Active also as an educator, Clara has enjoyed giving masterclasses at several universities. She was also the guest artist in residence at Indiana State University’s 50th Contemporary Music Festival. Clara also teaches on the faculty at Aspen Music Festival’s Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire. Please see www.claraosowski.com for more information.


Baroque Bassoon: Then and Now
with Joseph Jones, dulcian and baroque bassoon

Friday, February 15 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Joseph Jones, dulcian and baroque bassoon

Joseph Jones began studying the bassoon at age twelve when his piano teacher suggested: “Joey, you might be good at the bassoon.” Joe has performed with ensembles across the country and is a recent graduate of the historical performance program at The Juilliard School. As a member of Juilliard 415 he performed under the direction of Masaki Suzuki, Stephen Stubbs, Nicholas McGegan, Rachel Podger, William Christie, Robert Mealy, and Monica Huggett, and took an exciting program of both eighteenth- and twenty-first-century music on tour in India. Joe’s playing has been praised for its “warm singing tone” and “Jones proved he could easily break the four-minute mile without missing a note” (Star Tribune). Ensembles include Les Arts Florissants, American Bach Soloists, Early Music New York, the Bach Society of Charleston, Flying Forms, Bermuda Philharmonic, and Oratory Sacred Bach. He has appeared as a soloist with Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Juilliard 415. Before moving to New York Joe was principal bassoonist for the Minnesota Sinfonia and conductor of the hundred-year-old St. Paul Postal Band. In 2013 he was awarded a McKnight Founda - tion “Next Step” grant that helped him purchase his first baroque bassoon. Among his academic honors Joe has been a Morse Teaching Fellow at Juilliard, teaching music appreciation lessons to New York public school students, and a Berneking Fellow at the University of Minnesota, performing as a concerto soloist three times. His principal bassoon teachers have been Dominic Teresi, John W. Miller, Norbert Nielubowski, and Dennis Hirst.


The Sweet Violin: Leclair and his Contemporaries
with Kayo Saito, baroque violin

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Kayo Saito, baroque violin

Kayo Saito, born in Japan, started her musical career on the violin at the age of four and the piano at the age of eight. She studied theology at Doshisha University in Kyoto and holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree. She studied solo and ensemble playing at the Toho Orchestra Academy. Kayo decided then to specialize in baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Kati Debretzeni, Ryo Terakado, E. Wallfisch, and C. Mackintosh, where she received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was selected to be principal violist in 12eme Academie Baroque Europienne d’Ambronay directed by William Christie, and has since played with Les Arts Florissants. She is a leader and main player of several baroque ensembles such as Les Inventions, Apollo, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Musica Poetica, and many others.


A Baroque Christmas
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Carrie Henneman Shaw (2010 & 2017 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists awardee) is a St. Paul-based soprano who specializes in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary classical music. Carrie’s wide-ranging work includes several live-music- for-dance projects with such Minnesota composers as Jocelyn Hagen (Test Pilot, Slippery Fish) and Abbie Betinis, with whom she created the Schubert Club-commissioned Rib Cage, a collaboration with James Sewell Ballet. She tours internationally with Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a women’s quartet dedicated to the cultivation of new repertoire for treble voices, and Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based collective which can be heard on New Amsterdam Records’ 2016 release “Balter/Saunier”, a collaboration with rock band Deerhoof. As an early music specialist, Carrie has sung operatic roles with Boston Early Music Festival and regularly self-produces programs of 17th - and early 18th -century music in Minnesota, as well as collaborating with groups such as Mirandola Ensemble and Flying Forms. Carrie is adjunct faculty at Bethel University and Winona State University.

Ginna Watson, baroque violin, rebec, vielle, and harp

Ginna Watson is a Minneapolis-based violinist who specializes in historically-informed performance. She plays baroque violin and viola with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and medieval bowed strings and harp with The Rose Ensemble for Early Music. Ginna also performs with Consortium Carissimi and Sprezzatura, ensembles dedicated to performing 17th-century music on historic instruments. Ginna has performed in concert series and festivals around the country, including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, and Princeton University. She is concertmaster of the annual Early Music Montana festival. Internationally, she has performed throughout France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Bolivia. Ginna frequently gives masterclasses on medieval and baroque performance practice, including Houston Baptist
University, Colorado State University, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity in Los Angeles. Ginna is the violin instructor at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Phillip Rukavina, lute

Phillip Rukavina performs nationally and internationally as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and as a continuo lutenist. He has appeared at many early music festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013), the Boston Early Music Festival (2015), and appeared as a lute soloist at the European Lute Festival held in Füssen, Germany (2017). Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and has performed with many prominent ensembles and individuals, including the Newberry Consort, the Rose Ensemble, the, sopranos Dame Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis, and others. Phillip has served on the faculty of the Lute Society of America's Summer Seminars and the Lute Program at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Phillip studied lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel Switzerland. In addition to his many ensemble recordings, Phillip has three highly acclaimed solo recordings to his credit, including his most recent Studio395 release Italian Lute Music 1508-1517 (2015).


Sample Programs

In the Hall of the Sun King

Chaconne en Trio - Jacques Morel (1700-1749)

Pièces de clavecin en concerts, Cinquième concert - Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
La Forqueray - La Cupis - La Marais

Unmeasured Prelude in D Minor - Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629-1691)

Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve du Mont de Paris - Marin Marais (1656-1728)

INTERMISSION

Pièces de clavecin en concerts, Quatrième concert - Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Sonata for violin and continuo in D Minor - Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729)
Adagio - Presto - Adagio - Presto - Presto - Aria - Presto


Bach N’ Roll

Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G Major, BWV 1021 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Adagio - Vivace - Largo - Presto

Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Sonata for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1019
Allegro - Largo - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

INTERMISSION

Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Obligato Harpsichord in D Major, BWV 1028
Adagio - Allegro - Andante - Allegro

Sonata for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord in C Minor, BWV 1017
Largo - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro


From Italy with Love

Sonata Prima - Dario Castello (1621-1658)

Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 5 - Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Adagio - Vivace - Adagio - Vivace - Giga: Allegro

Triosonata in G Minor, WD 691 - Giovanni Benedetto Platti (1697-1763)
Largho - [untitled] - Largho - Presto

INTERMISSION

Sonata for cello and continuo No. 6 in B-flat Major, RV 46 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegro

Sonata for violin and continuo in D Minor, HWV 359a - George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Grave - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Triosonata in A Major, WD 683 - Giovanni Benedetto Platti
Largo, e staccato - Allegro - Siciliana - Gavotta


Special requests are possible including a combination of repertoire from the above programs as well as any pieces from the following:

Pièces de clavecin en concerts - Jean-Philippe Rameau
Sonatas for violin and obligato harpsichord, BWV 1014-19 - J. S. Bach
Sonatas for violin and continuo, BWV 1021 and 1023 - J. S. Bach
Sonatas for viola da gamba and obligato harpsichord, BWV 1027-29 - J. S. Bach
Sonatas for violin and continuo, Op. 5, No. 5 - Arcangelo Corelli
Triosonatas for violin, cello, and continuo - Giovanni Benedetto Platti
(G Minor: WD691, B-flat Major: WD689, E Minor: WD678, D Major: WD680, C Minor: WD694, A Major: WD683)