MYSTERIES

in collaboration with Flying Forms

Join us on a mysterious journey depicting the evolution of early music, from Spain in the early Renaissance period, to Monteverdi’s late Italian Renaissance, heading on to the ornate French Baroque music of Rameau, and finally to the intricate fugal writing of Bach in Germany.

Flying Forms
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

Alan Dunbar, bass

Flying Forms

Flying Forms, formed in 2005, is a baroque chamber music ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Core members include Marc Levine, baroque violin, Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Tami Morse, harpsichord. In Saint Paul, the group presents its own series of concerts each year at The Baroque Room, a performance space the group created in 2011. Recent programs have included complete sets of the Rameau harpsichord concerti, Corelli violin sonatas, J. S. Bach sonatas for violin or viola da gamba with obligato harpsichord, as well as larger programs featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the triple harpsichord concerti of J. S. Bach, and Handel’s The Messiah. Past performances have included concerts in notable venues and series including New York’s Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, the DaeJeon Baroque music festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Boston Early Music Festival, where the group produced a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas.

A strong advocate for early music education, Flying Forms has, in addition to many visits and performances at colleges and secondary schools, been in residence with Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and Minnesota Public Radio as Class Notes artists. In these residencies, the group has given masterclasses, coached baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles, performed in side-by-side concerts, given classroom presentations, and ran a complete summer program in baroque music performance.

Flying Forms has been heard regularly on Minnesota Public Radio and is in demand as recitalists in the Twin Cities and across the region. The group also performs contemporary music written for historical instruments and has commissioned many new works for the ensemble or solo harpsichord. A testament to their commitment to new music is their debut CD, New Music for Old Instruments, featuring the music of Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul.

Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.

Alan Dunbar, Bass

Baritone Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation. His performances include the world premiere of Justin Merritt’s oratorio The Path, numerous productions with Madison Opera (including Papageno in The Magic Flute, Schaunard in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking), bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Voices of Ascension, Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition at the Ordway, Barber’s Dover Beach and Othmar Schoeck’s Notturno at the Apollo Music Festival, the title role of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Santa Fe Opera, and recitals at the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute. Alan made his European solo recital debut at the Oslo Grieg Festival after winning the grand prize at the 2009 Grieg Festival Competition in Winter Park, FL. As a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival he performed as bass soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, sang the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin with Renée Fleming and Peter Mattei, and collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard.

Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MM and DM in vocal performance from Indiana University. Alan was a founding member of the Minnesota-based internationally acclaimed male chamber vocal ensemble Cantus, and sang throughout North America and Europe with the ensemble from 1998-2004. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Winona State University.

Dates & Locations

Friday, Oct. 11 @ 5:00 pm
First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601

Saturday, Oct. 12 @ 7:30 pm
Calvin Presbyterian Church
177 Glendale Dr.
Long Lake, MN 55356

Sunday, Oct. 13 @ 3:00 pm
Sundin Music Hall

1531 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104