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Telemann in Paris Part Two.Tableau Vivant

In 1737 Georg Philip Telemann journeyed to Paris at the enthusiastic and long-standing invitation of four distinguished French musicians: the flutist Michel Blavet, the violinist Jean-Pierre Guignon, the gambist Jean-Baptiste Forqueray, and a cellist/harpsichordist known as Prince Édouard. In anticipation of this historic visit, the great master of the goûts-réunis wrote two sets of six quartets expressly for these four musicians. The first set was published in Hamburg; subsequently, both sets were published in Paris. All twelve quartets were played by the four musicians themselves, accompanied, no doubt, by the great master himself.

Tableau Vivant (‘living picture’) is an ensemble devoted to 17th & 18th century repertoire for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo in various formations. Its core members, violinist Karen Marie Marmer and keyboardist Dongsok Shin are principals of the internationally acclaimed ensemble, REBEL. The name of the ensemble has a reciprocal meaning: the (string and keyboard) instruments are, in essence, tables that are given life through the resonance of music, and the music is brought to life by the tables. Tableau Vivant has performed at Midtown Concerts and Downtown Music at Grace series in White Plains; the 2018-'19 season will include performances in New York City, White Plains, Katonah, Greenburgh and Irvington.

David Ross, traverso
Karen Marie Marmer, violin
Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba
Dongsok Shin, harpsichord


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

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue


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 in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.