State/Province where ensemble is based:
Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Gwyn Roberts, recorder & flute; Emlyn Ngai, violin; Karina Fox, violin & viola; Eve Miller, cello; Richard Stone, lute & theorbo; Adam Pearl, harpsichord.
We also perform as
Tempesta di Mare | Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra; Gwyn Roberts & Richard Stone, Artistic Directors; Emlyn Ngai, Concertmaster
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with “a zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentation”
(City Paper). This Philadelphia ensemble, led by flutist Gwyn Roberts, lutenist Richard Stone and violinist Emlyn Ngai, “is one of the
best in this repertoire, with a flair that justifies its name” (Abeille Musique, Paris). Tempesta records for the prestigious Chandos (UK)
label, with a new CD appearing annually. Its concert performances reach over 45 million households each year through broadcasts
distributed nationally by NPR and internationally via the European Broadcast Union.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Our interactive pre-concert talks focus on topics relevant to the concert program and include musical illustrations and opportunities for questions, discussion and comments from the audience. Presentations generally last 30-40 minutes and are aimed at a general audience, but can be tailored to fit particular schedules or specific populations.
CUSTOMIZED CLASSROOM VISITS
In addition to in-class versions of the pre-concert talks described above, Tempesta di Mare specializes in creating customized interdisciplinary presentations that add extra dimension to academic subjects. Past programs include an explanation of musical rhetoric for an English Composition class at Whitman College (WA), insights into the life of a free-lance musician in 18th-century London for a Music History class at Haverford College (PA), and a presentation about teaching baroque music to high school students for a Music Educators’ conference at Villanova University (PA). More extensive residencies can involve collaborations with student musical and theater groups.
ENSEMBLE COACHINGS AND MASTER CLASSES
Student ensemble coachings and master classes offer up-and-coming musicians access to the very latest in baroque music performance technique. These sessions are appropriate for middle school, high school, college or conservatory students, or for adults. They are generally most successful in educational settings or community centers where established chamber music programs exist. Chapters of the American Recorder Society, Guitar Societies, Flute Societies and Elderhostel programs will also enjoy these activities. Presenters include: the Oregon Bach Festival, Lawrence University (NY), the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College (PA).
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
BACH TRIO SONATAS
the six sonatas for organ (BWV 525–530) re-imagined for chamber ensemble
6 musicians: recorder, two violins/viola, lute, cello, harpsichord.
Experience music that is rich, deep, wicked, jaunty, impish, profound, hard-rocking and so much more, played by the group about which Time Out New York wrote: “…should make New Yorkers envy Philadelphia.”
cantatas and chamber music by Handel and Scarlatti
6 musicians: soprano, recorder, two violins, lute, cello.
Celebrations of love in all its forms—passionate, idyllic and unrequited—by Rome’s masters of the chamber cantata. With soprano Clara Rottsolk, and featuring repertoire from April 2010 Chandos CD.
FROM VENICE TO LEIPZIG
Vivaldi, Bach and beyond
4 or 5 musicians: recorder/flute, violin, cello, lute, harpsichord.
Italian fireworks and the German masterworks they inspired, including music by Veracini, Vivaldi, Walther, Bach and Weiss.
THE GRAND TOUR
trios, duos and solos by Bach, Handel, Couperin, Veracini and Weiss
3 musicians: recorder/flute, cello, lute.
This varied trio program takes a whirlwind tour around baroque Europe’s musical hotspots, including Florence, Paris, Dresden and London, with flashy recorder sonatas, one of Bach’s famous cello suites and solo lute music by Weiss.
BRANDENBURG IV AND FRIENDS
Bach's masterpiece alongside music that inspired and surrounded it
Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare.
This Tempesta signature program places Bach in context, with orchestral concertos and suites by Rebel, Fasch, dall'Abaco, Zelenka and more. Contact Tempesta di Mare directly to book this one: firstname.lastname@example.org