Explore the great variety of songs and sonatas written 200 years ago, by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others. This program will be performed by Ensemble 1816, featuring baritone, Jesse Blumberg, fortepianist, David Breitman and violinist, Johanna Novom. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served at 6 pm, music will begin at 6:30 pm. Purchase your ticket today! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-206-0545 x 13.
Meet the Ensemble: Ensemble 1816 focuses on vocal and instrumental works of the late Classical and early Romantic periods.
Baritone Jesse Blumberg enjoys a busy schedule of opera, concerts, and recitals, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. His performances have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Royal Festival Hall, various productions with Boston Early Music Festival, and featured roles with Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. Recital highlights include appearances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation, New York Festival of Song, and Mirror Visions Ensemble. He has performed major concert works with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Boston Baroque, Oratorio Society of New York, Apollo’s Fire, and on Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.
Jesse has been recognized in several competitions, and was awarded Third Prize at the 2008 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, becoming its first American prizewinner in over thirty years. Jesse holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is also the founder of Five Boroughs Music Festival, which brings chamber music of many genres to every corner of New York City. www.jesseblumberg.com
David Breitman is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, and enjoys both solo and ensemble playing. His collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spanned more than thirty years, with several hundred recitals and four CD’s, ranging from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin. He has recorded the Mozart piano-violin sonatas on historical instruments with Jean-François Rivest for Analekta, and, in a collaboration of a different sort, he is one of seven fortepianists on the 10-CD recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle on CLAVES. Beethoven has continued to be a major preoccupation, with recent recordings of the complete violin sonatas with Elizabeth Wallfisch (for the Nimbus label) and the cello sonatas and variations with Jaap ter Linden (not yet released).
David is the director of the Historical Performance Program at Oberlin Conservatory where he teaches fortepiano and clavichord as well as courses in performance practice, and is currently working on a book titled “Time-Travel for Pianists: How Today’s Players Can Learn from Yesterday’s Instruments.”
Violinist Johanna Novom appears as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician with period ensembles across the US, and tours internationally. Johanna has been Associate Concertmaster of Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, since completion of her Master's degree at Oberlin Conservatory, and she performs with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Concert Royal, American Bach Soloists, Clarion Music Society, TENET, Sebastian Chamber Players, Washington National Cathedral Orchestra, and ACRONYM, among others. Festival engagements include the Tanglewood Festival, Boston Early Music Festival and the Carmel Bach Festival. Performing takes Johanna to magnificent concert halls and churches worldwide, recent highlights include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall, Rome's Santa Maria Basilica, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Teatro Real in Madrid.
A 2008 First Prize winner of the American Bach Soloists' Young Artists Competition, Johanna was also a 2010-11 fellowship member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy. She is a founding member of Diderot String Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of 18th and early 19th century quartet repertoire on historical instruments, and is currently based in New York. www.johannanovom.com