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Conversations galantes et amusantes

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Bach Ensemble in New York 2020

This afternoon you will hear lively conversations among four instruments — all equally distributed — flute, violin, violoncello, and harpsichord. The program centers on two quartets from prominent composers Telemann and Guillemain and also includes music by Boismortier and Couperin. These four composers each represent a different kind of gallant and charming characters with hints of playfulness and desolation in their music.

Mili Chang ~ traverso
Robert Warner ~ harpsichord
Isabelle Seula Lee ~ violin
Ana Kim ~ cello

About the artists

Indiana-native Ana Kim is a versatile cellist based in New York, who actively performs on modern and historical instruments with various ensembles throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and France. She performs with ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, The Sebastians, American Classical Orchestra, and the Halle Orchestra. Ana has participated in festivals including Yellow Barn, Verbier Academy, Music@Menlo, and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. She has received a Doctorate at the University of Southern California and has studied Historical Performance at Juilliard. Her teachers include Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum, Laurence Lesser, and Phoebe Carrai. With a keen interest in education and interacting with different communities, Ana has participated in outreach residencies with Kneisel Hall Festival in Maine and Listen Closely in New York, and educational programs with the American Classical Orchestra’s Classical Music for Kids. She has also taught in Pacific Union College and public schools in Napa Valley. She is currently teaching at Browning School in New York City.

Hailed for her “marvelous” and “scintillating” performance, Isabelle Seula Lee is a celebrated violinist and a passionate historical performer. She is a founding member of the New Amsterdam Consort and frequently performs with the New York Baroque Inc, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Bach Collegium at Saint Peter’s, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Teatro Nuevo. Her appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Maly Hall and Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Glazunov Hall and Belosselsky Belozersky Palace in Russia, St. Petersburg State Capella Concert Hall, and New Zealand’s Fowler Center. Isabelle's performances have also been broadcast on live radio and television by WQXR in NYC, MediciTV, Estonian Cultural TV, WPBI, and Radio New Zealand. She is now primarily based in New York City and enjoys an active musical life as a violinist and Baroque violinist across many musical styles and periods.

Robert Warner is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School and has studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas and Peter Sykes. He is currently active in New York City and plays regularly with various chamber groups including Musicivic Baroque and Voyage Sonique. He is also the founder, director, and harpsichordist of New Amsterdam Consort.

“…Mili Chang, whose traverso playing in the Credo’s Benedictus was fluid, elegant, and well, just lovely.” in her performance with Ton Koopman, the director of Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Mili has performed with many ensembles and with Grammy Award recipient and nominees’ violinist Monica Huggett, tenor Aaron Sheehan, and keyboardist Richard Egarr. She plays with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra& Chorale Taipei, the Sebastian, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Baroque Orchestra. She has featured on WQXR, West Side Radio, and has performed at the venues including Lincoln Center, Yale University, Columbia University, The National Center for Performing Arts in India, Banff Center in Canada, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Currently, she performs in the New York metropolitan area and teaches at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


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

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

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.