2017-2018 Season


Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 3:30 pm
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

with the Reading Symphony Orchestra

Fortepianist Sylvia Berry joins conductor George Ogata and the Reading Symphony Orchestra for a performance of one of Mozart's most beloved concertos.

Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano
George Ogata, conductor
Reading Symphony Orchestra

The Veterans Memorial Auditorium at Galvin Middle School
525 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
www.readingsymphonyorchestra.org


Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 1:00 pm
The Sounds of Haydn's London

Toward the end of an already fruitful and renowned career, Haydn made two trips to London that yielded some of his greatest works. He was greatly inspired by three women he befriended - two pianists and a poet - and wrote fantastic music for all of them. He also met the famous piano builder John Broadwood whose instruments were quite novel for him, and this concert will feature a Broadwood and Son grand built in 1806. Don't miss your chance to hear the sounds of Haydn's London on period instruments!

Murray Kidd, tenor
Julia McKenzie, violin
Rebecca Shaw, cello
Sylvia Berry, Broadwood and Son grand, 1806

Christ Congregational Church, UCC
1350 Pleasant St.
Brockton, MA 02301 | map

Admission: Freewill offering


 Francis Johnson (1792-1844)

Francis Johnson (1792-1844)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Across the Pond: Music for Historic Trumpet and Fortepiano

Mister Harper and Mister Johnson: A re-imagining of a musical soiree like those presented in London by figures such as trumpet virtuoso Thomas Harper and the brilliant pianist Therese Jansen; and Philadelphia native Francis Johnson, an African American trumpeter of such renown that he was invited to London to play for Queen Victoria. 

Christopher Belluscio, historic trumpets
Sylvia Berry, Broadwood and Son grand, 1806

The Carriage House at Gore Place
52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA 02453 | map   

Admission:
$15 General, $12 Members, $10 Students with I.D.


Francis Johnson (1792-1844)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Across the Pond: Music for Historic Trumpet and Fortepiano

Mister Harper and Mister Johnson: A re-imagining of a musical soiree like those presented in London by figures such as trumpet virtuoso Thomas Harper and the brilliant pianist Therese Jansen; and Philadelphia native Francis Johnson, an African American trumpeter of such renown that he was invited to London to play for Queen Victoria. 

Christopher Belluscio, historic trumpets
Sylvia Berry, Broadwood and Son grand, 1806

Hill Physick House
321 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 | map   

Admission: $30 General


Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 7:30 pm
The Many Faces of Mozart: A Life Told Through Music and Letters

Sylvia Berry at the Portland Early Music Chapel Series

This fascinating program pairs keyboard works from throughout Mozart's career with letters written by the composer to his family and friends. From K. 1, an insouciant Menuett that Mozart composed at age 8, to the transcendent Adagio for Glass Harmonica written in his final year, all will be complimented by readings from Mozart's incredibly colorful letters. Join Sylvia in this beautiful intimate space in the heart of Portland as she narrates Mozart's letters, tells his life story, and plays his incomparable music. 

Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano

St. Luke's Cathedral
143 State Street
Portland, Maine 04101 | map


 Author M.T. Anderson

Author M.T. Anderson

Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 4 pm
The Many Faces of Mozart: A Life Told Through Music and Letters
Sylvia Berry with critically acclaimed young adult fiction author M.T. Anderson

This fascinating program pairs keyboard works from throughout Mozart's career with letters written by the composer to his family and friends. From K. 1, an insouciant Menuett that Mozart composed at age 8, to the transcendent Adagio for Glass Harmonica written in his final year, all will be complimented by readings from Mozart's incredibly colorful letters.

Renowned author M.T. Anderson, a winner of numerous prizes including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, will be the narrator.

Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano
M.T. Anderson, narrator

Plainfield Town Hall Opera House
18 High Street
Plainfield, VT 05667 | map


Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 4 pm
The Berry Collective at historic Old Ship in Hingham

First Parish in Hingham, MA, is affectiontely known as "Old Ship" because the ceiling is made of great oak beams and looks like the inverted frame of a ship. Built in 1681, it is the oldest church in continuous use as a house of worship in North America, and is a designated National Historical Landmark. The Berry Collective is honored to perform on Old Ship's "Candlelight Concert Series," which was founded in 1973 and offers its programs for free. 

Program
Mozart
- Sonata in C maj. for Accompanied Keyboard, K. 6
Boccherini - Keyboard Trio in B-flat maj.
J.C.F Bach - Cello Sonata in A (Larghetto)
Mozart - Piano Sonata in A min., K. 310
Beethoven - March in D maj. for piano, four-hands, Op. 45, No. 3
Haydn - Piano Trio in G maj, Hob. XV: 25 "The Gypsy"

The Berry Collective
Rebecca Nelson,
violin
Colleen McGary-Smith, cello
Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano
Dale Munschy, guest fortepianist

First Parish (UU) "Old Ship"
107 Main St.
Hingham, MA 02043 | map


 Leon Schelhase and Sylvia Berry

Leon Schelhase and Sylvia Berry

Friday, May 18, 2018 | 7 pm
Duo Vis-a-Vis: Works by Three Bach Sons for Two Keyboards

Sylvia Berry and harpsichordist Leon Schelhase and  have performed various works for two keyboards over the past decade. The name of their duo derives from the instruments built by Johann Andreas Stein that housed both a harpsichord and a fortepiano in one case. This program features works by W.F., C.P.E., and J.C. Bach, who are all clearly influenced by J.S. and yet forged their own very different paths. Playing their works for two keyboards on mixed instruments, which was not an unusual practice, reveals the independence of the two voices and revives a practice that was probably more widespread than we think.  They will perform together on the new Ravensong Historic Keyboard Series in Philadelphia spearheaded by Schelhase.

Duo Vis-a-Vis
Sylvia Berry
, Viennese fortepiano
Leon Schelhase, French double manual harpsichord

St. Clement's Church
2013 Appletree St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103 | map


Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 8 pm
Haydn and the Ladies of London

The Berry Collective at SoHIP – Lincoln, MA

During his second London season in 1794-95, Haydn wrote some of his most beloved music for three accomplished women. The sonatas and trios written for esteemed pianist and composer Therese Jansen are monumental masterworks that would not exist were it not for her talent. The "Gypsy" trio, written for talented amateur pianist Rebecca Schroeter, is a perennial favorite, and Haydn's settings of poet Anne Hunter's texts reveal a true creative partnership between the two. Ms. Berry performs on a Broadwood fortepiano built in London only a decade after Haydn's sojourn there. Haydn befriended Broadwood during this first London visit.

The Berry Collective
Barbara Allen Hill, soprano
Julia McKenzie, violin
Rebecca Shaw, cello
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano (Broadwood & Son #3448, London, 1806)

St. Anne's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church
147 Concord Road
Lincoln, MA | map

Admission: Single Tickets $25 / $20 for students and seniors


Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | 8 pm
Haydn and the Ladies of London

The Berry Collective at SoHIP – Andover, MA

During his second London season in 1794-95, Haydn wrote some of his most beloved music for three accomplished women. The sonatas and trios written for esteemed pianist and composer Therese Jansen are monumental masterworks that would not exist were it not for her talent. The "Gypsy" trio, written for talented amateur pianist Rebecca Schroeter, is a perennial favorite, and Haydn's settings of poet Anne Hunter's texts reveal a true creative partnership between the two. Ms. Berry performs on a Broadwood fortepiano built in London only a decade after Haydn's sojourn there. Haydn befriended Broadwood during this first London visit.

The Berry Collective
Barbara Allen Hill, soprano
Julia McKenzie, violin
Rebecca Shaw, cello
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano (Broadwood & Son #3448, London, 1806)

The Chapel at West Parish (Inside the cemetery grounds)
210 Lowell Street
Andover, MA | map

Admission: Single Tickets $25 / $20 for students and seniors


Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 8 pm
Haydn and the Ladies of London

The Berry Collective at SoHIP – Boston, MA

During his second London season in 1794-95, Haydn wrote some of his most beloved music for three accomplished women. The sonatas and trios written for esteemed pianist and composer Therese Jansen are monumental masterworks that would not exist were it not for her talent. The "Gypsy" trio, written for talented amateur pianist Rebecca Schroeter, is a perennial favorite, and Haydn's settings of poet Anne Hunter's texts reveal a true creative partnership between the two. Ms. Berry performs on a Broadwood fortepiano built in London only a decade after Haydn's sojourn there. Haydn befriended Broadwood during this first London visit.

The Berry Collective
Barbara Allen Hill, soprano
Julia McKenzie, violin
Rebecca Shaw, cello
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano (Broadwood & Son #3448, London, 1806)

First Lutheran Church
299 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA | map

Admission: Single Tickets $25 / $20 for students and seniors