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The Art of Elegant Conversation: Music for Flute and Strings.

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Bach Ensemble NY web2Isabelle Seula Lee ~ violin
Jessica Troy ~ viola
Ana Kim ~ cello
Mili Chang ~ flute

This afternoon we will walk you through a journey of elegance. The music centers on two quartets from the prominent composers Mozart and Devienne, and a trio from Haydn. These three composers each represent a different kind of charming and distinct character with hints of mischief and grace in their music. We will perform with Classical period instruments and pitch (A=430).

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 New Amsterdam Consort and frequently performs with 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, 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.

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.

Jessica Troy is a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera, and Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, and plays regularly with the Sebastians, New York Baroque Inc., and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. She can be heard on the Marlboro Festival's 50th anniversary CD in György Kurtág's Microludes for string quartet, which she prepared with the composer. She has subbed and had her own chair on numerous Broadway shows (ranging from Porgy & Bess to Tootsie) and played on many film scores (most recently Joker and Little Women). She has recorded quartet tracks for Lou Reed and Ani DiFranco, performed on television with Renée Fleming and Whitney Houston, and on film with David Byrne.

“…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, keyboardist Richard Egarr. She plays with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Chorale Taipei, the Sebastians, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Baroque Orchestra. She has been featured on WQXR, West Side Radio, and has performed at 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 St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

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.