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Naturally Expressed in Music: the pioneering musical style of J. E. Galliard.

Joseph JonesVirtuoso oboist Johann Ernst Galliard was one among many of talented young artists who emigrated to London in the first decades of the 18th century. We explore his lyric and danceable style through his bassoon sonatas, written at the height of his success as a composer of wildly popular pantomimes.

Joseph Jones, baroque bassoon
Charles Asch, baroque cello
Donald Livingston, harpsichord

A graduate of Juilliard's Historical Performance Program, Joseph Jones is in demand around the country as a historical bassoon and dulcian player. As a soloist he has been praised for his "warm singing tone" and "proved he could easily break the four-minute mile without missing a note." (Star Tribune)

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1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

This concert will be livestreamed on our website, and on YouTube and Facebook, followed by an intimate chat on Zoom.


Joseph Jones is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied historical bassoon and dulcian. His 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 he has worked with include ACRONYM, Boston Early Music Festival, Early Music New York, American Bach Soloists, Bermuda Philharmonic, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Les Arts Florissants at their festival in Thiré, France. While at Juilliard, Joe was a Morse Teaching Artist Fellow. He is also an American Fellow of the English Concert and a past recipient of a McKnight Foundation "Next-Step" grant. This season Joe is excited to be working with Lyra Baroque to develop new educational materials introducing baroque music to elementary school students.

Charles Asch performs cello recitals, chamber music recitals, and with orchestral ensembles in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. He performs on a German baroque cello from the early 1700s, and a modern cello by Gary Davis in New England, 1996. He received his Master of Music degree from Juilliard in 2011, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Fred Sherry. He recently completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Tanya Remenikova.

Keyboardist Donald Livingston collaborates with musicians from across the musical spectrum. Founding director of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival and director of Ensemble Sprezzatura, he has performed with such ensembles as Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Musica Antigua (Panama City), La Donna Musicale (Boston), Lyra Baroque (St. Paul), Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony, as well as with soloists and collaborators Cléa Galhano, Anton Nel, Jacques Ogg, Elisabeth Wright, Joel Frederiksen, Ryland Angel, Jed Wentz, Barthold Kuijken, and Dame Emma Kirkby. He recently left a positions as Lecturer of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Texas Butler School of Music and organist at St. Martin's Lutheran Church to become organist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are currently live streamed, followed by an intimate chat on Zoom.