2019-2020 Season


Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Haydn in London: Music of Haydn, J.C. Bach, Clementi, and Beethoven
Presented by Chatham Baroque + Pittsburgh Renaissance & Baroque

Hear the music of Haydn’s London performed on a Broadwood & Son grand built there in 1806. This wide-ranging program includes early and late works by Haydn; a rhapsodic and fiery sonata by J.C. Bach, the first composer to popularize the piano in London; an epic sonata by Clementi, a virtuoso whose innovative playing inspired generations of later composers including Beethoven, whose sparkling “God Save the King” variations would have delighted English audiences. Though Beethoven never got to London himself, Broadwood sent him one of his pianos in 1817 as a gift. This concert marks Berry’s Pittsburgh debut.

PROGRAM:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI: 1
Johann Christian Bach: Sonata in C minor, Op. 17, No. 2
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI: 52
Muzio Clementi: Sonata in G minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78

Sylvia Berry, Broadwood and Son grand #3448, 1806

Synod Hall
125 Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 [map]


Friday, November 1, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Mozart & Beethoven Wind Quintets with Les Délices

Sylvia Berry joins acclaimed Cleveland-based chamber ensemble Les Délices in Mozart and Beethoven’s extraordinary quintets for fortepiano and winds. Hear these works anew played by an all-star cast of historical instrument players!

PROGRAM:
W.A. Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78
Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16

Debra Nagy, oboe & director
Colin Lawson, clarinet
Wouter Verschuren, bassoon
Todd Williams, horn
Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano (Chris Maene after Anton Walter 1995/1795)

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 North Prospect Street
Akron, OH 44304 [map]


Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Mozart & Beethoven Wind Quintets with Les Délices

Sylvia Berry joins acclaimed Cleveland-based chamber ensemble Les Délices in Mozart and Beethoven’s extraordinary quintets for fortepiano and winds. Hear these works anew played by an all-star cast of historical instrument players!

PROGRAM:
W.A. Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78
Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16

Debra Nagy, oboe & director
Colin Lawson, clarinet
Wouter Verschuren, bassoon
Todd Williams, horn
Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano (Chris Maene, 1995 after Anton Walter, 1795)

Lakewood Presbyterian Church
14502 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH  44107 [map]


Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 4 pm
Mozart & Beethoven Wind Quintets with Les Délices

Sylvia Berry joins acclaimed Cleveland-based chamber ensemble Les Délices in Mozart and Beethoven’s extraordinary quintets for fortepiano and winds. Hear these works anew played by an all-star cast of historical instrument players!

PROGRAM:
W.A. Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78
Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16

Debra Nagy, oboe & director
Colin Lawson, clarinet
Wouter Verschuren, bassoon
Todd Williams, horn
Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano (Chris Maene, 1995 after Anton Walter, 1795)

Plymouth Church, UCC
2860 Coventry Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120 [map]


Monday, November 4, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts: Musical Instrument Demonstrations

Museum visitors are invited to hear and learn about a wide variety of musical instruments in the Museum's encyclopedic collection, featuring talented performers from throughout the New England area and beyond. Join Sylvia Berry as she presents a lecture demonstration on the MFA’s newly acquired 6-octave Viennese fortepiano built c. 1815 by Johann Peter Fritz. Works of Schubert and Beethoven.  

Museum of Fine Arts: Musical Instrument Gallery
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 [map]

Admission: Free with general museum admission or MFA membership.


Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 3:30 pm
The London Piano Scene: Music of Haydn, J.C. Bach, Clementi, and Beethoven
Presented by Museum Concerts of Rhode Island

Join fortepianist Sylvia Berry on a journey to London with a Broadwood and Son piano built in England in 1806, and restored by Rhode Island native Dale Munschy in 2011. Johann Christian Bach’s phenomenal piano playing helped catapult the instrument’s popularity with audiences and performers alike. Though we mainly know Clementi’s Sonatinas, he was in fact a fiery virtuoso whose playing and expansive compositions helped point the way towards Romanticism. Haydn was given a workspace in John Broadwood’s shop during his first London visit, leaving him ample opportunity to acquaint himself with pianos that would have been wholly new to him. Though Beethoven never made it to London, he was deeply inspired by the piano music coming out of London, and Broadwood sent him an instrument as a gift in 1817. His 1803 Variations on “God Save the King” are a delightful way to end this fascinating musical tour.

PROGRAM:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI: 1 (1760’s)
Johann Christian Bach: Sonata in C minor, Op. 17, No. 2 (1777)
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI: 52 (1794)
Muzio Clementi: Sonata in G minor, Op. 34, No. 2 (1795)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78 (1803)

Sylvia Berry, Broadwood and Son grand #3448, 1806

First Unitarian Church of Providence
1 Benevolent St.
Providence, RI 02906 [map]


Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Two Bachs: London & Berlin 
Presented by Ars Antiqua, Chappaqua, NY

Through the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, we are given a glimpse into two very different musical worlds. In Berlin, the brooding and introspective music of Carl Philipp Emanuel was perfectly suited for the intimate private concerts given by his patron, Frederick the Great. Johann Christian, on the other hand, was a cosmopolite who composed wonderfully effervescent music for London’s concert halls and opera houses. The lives of the two brothers tell a musical story full of fascinating connections with Europe’s cultural elite. Carl Philipp Emanuel, who was immersed in the musical life of Berlin, was mentored by Graun. In London, Johann Christian began England’s first subscription concerts with Abel, and was an idol to Mozart. The ‘London Bach’ and the ‘Berlin Bach’ could not have been more different. Following their own paths, they created a diverse repertory, each with their own unique perspective and style.

PROGRAM:
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Fantasia in C major, Wq. 61/6
Carl Heinrich Graun, Trio Sonata in D Major 
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Sanguinius & Melancholius, Wq.161/1
Carl Friedrich Abel, Sonata for Fortepiano, Violin & ‘Cello in F Major
Johann Christian Bach, Piano Concerto in E-flat, Opus 7 No. 5

Sylvia Berry, Fortepiano
Krista Bennion Feeney & Alana Youssefian, Violin
Mark Kramer, ‘Cello

Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 S Greeley Ave
Chappaqua, NY 10514 [map]


Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Beethoven 250
Presented by Friends of the Plainfield (VT) Opera House

Back by popular demand following her successful all-Mozart program in 2018, Sylvia Berry presents Beethoven 250, a program of diverse works celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in Bonn. Joining her for some some delightful duets will be her husband, historical keyboard restorer Dale Munschy.

Sylvia Berry, Viennese fortepiano (Chris Maene, 1995 after Anton Walter, 1795)

Plainfield Town Hall Opera House
18 High St. (Rte. 2)
Plainfield, VT 05667 | [map]