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California Mini-Tour August 2021: The Weimar Social Club

How we imagine Bach, Pisendel, and Telemann might have enjoyed some time together. image credit: John Ott Sr.

Join us in Southern California for three performances of our program, The Weimar Social Club, exploring the rich and musically productive friendships between Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johann Georg Pisendel during the time all three were working in Weimar.

We premiered this program last summer online, and can’t wait to present it (with an additional sonata by Pisendel) in person in its full glory!

Saturday 8/7, 7pm

A Groupmuse at a private home in in Old Town Orange, CA

$5 reservation, $20 suggested donation. Groupmuse membership (free) required

Please note that this event will be outdoors and masks are indeed required. This has been updated (we just spoke with our host Kari) and is different from how the event is listed on the reservation page.

Sunday 8/8, 7pm

St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church, Huntington Beach, CA

$20 suggested donation, reservation required via Brown Paper Tickets by 3pm on concert day—option to pay in advance or cash-only at the door. None turned away for lack of funds.

Masks required for all. The Sanctuary at St. Wilfrid’s seats 400 so there will be plenty of space for social distancing.

We are featured in almost all of the concerts in this year’s Portland Bach Experience:

6/10 5pm Handel Happy Hour—Little Giant, Portland Purcell lute songs, Guts plays Coleman, Carwarden & Lawes (selections)

6/11 3-8pm Midsummer Carnival We’re concertmaster & principal cellist in Purcell’s Fairy Queen, and check out the whole Carnival of events!

6/12 9am-12pm Suite Ride John plays J.S. Bach’s 3rd & 4th Cello Suites at the Payson Park Farmer’s Market, 10am
6/12 7pm
Purcell’s Fairy Queen Guts is concertmaster & principal cellist. Livestreamed and now available on-demand:

Sunday 6/13 10am-12pm Songs from the Golden Age Brunch at the Brunswick Hotel, Guts plays Coleman, Carwarden & Lawes, “The Plaint” with Sonja Tengblad from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, and Sonja, Ryne Cherry, and Jonas Rimkunas sing works by Dowland, Campion, and more with lutenist Dušan Balarin. Dušan plays two sets of music for the lute alone by John Dowland, Nicholas Vallet, and Robert Ballard.

Wednesday 6/16 6pm Music for a Wedding Feast Guts plays Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s 2nd Sonata with John McKean, plus sparkling, lush, and humorous chamber orchestra works by Francoeur, Rameau, & Corrette

Thursday 6/17 5pm Bach & Beer Guts plays in the Festival orchestra for works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach—selections from tomorrow’s full concert

Friday 6/18 7pm Bach’s Double Violin Concerto—Portland Guts plays in the Festival orchestra for works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach

Saturday 6/19 5pm Handel Happy Hour—Brunswick Hotel French baroque duos—a bite-sized taste of music from Sunday’s “Music for a Wedding Feast”
Saturday 6/19 7pm Bach’s Double Concerto—Brunswick Guts plays in the Festival orchestra for works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach

Sunday 6/20 10am-12pm Music for a Wedding Feast Father’s Day Brunch! Guts plays Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s 2nd Sonata with John McKean, plus sparkling, lush, and humorous chamber orchestra works by Francoeur, Rameau, & Corrette

Due to the pandemic, we are busily working to share all-new programs with you at home, live and on-demand. Your financial support during this time is deeply appreciated; you can help us with a monthly donation via Patreon, and access weekly work-in-progress videos, monthly Zoom receptions with our live concerts, blog posts, and other fun things. Click here to join us there.

Guest Artists at NSM: Friends and Rivals in the Paris Opéra

Sunday, May 2, 2021 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern

Click here to watch at concert time, or search for “Guts Baroque” in your YouTube app!

Sunday, May 2nd at 4pm PST/7pm EST, join us on YouTube for our 12th livestream concert.

It’s time to return to France in the 1730s: the hotshot violinists of the Académie de Musique (what is now known as the Paris Opéra) are doing their thing, navigating the friendships and rivalries of their professional lives while pushing forward the form of the Franco-Italian violin sonata.


Jean-Jacques-Baptiste Anet: Sonata in G Minor op. 3 no. 2

Jean-Baptiste Quentin: Sonata in G Minor op. 1 no. 2

Jean-Baptiste Senaillé: Sonata in F Major op. 4 no. 1

Jean-Pierre Guignon: Sonata in A Major op. 1 no. 1

Louis Aubert: Sonata in E Minor op. 1 no. 1

Weekly Works in Progress (#RoughGuts)

In setting up monthly subscription access to our work in exchange for steadily supporting all the time that goes into preparing performances, part of our aim is to welcome you into our process, sharing early videos of new works as we explore them and start to prepare them for private concerts, public videos, and polished albums. We have a great time sight-reading new pieces and deciding how and when to group them into compelling programs, and we hope to share some of that fun with you.

These #RoughGuts videos can be accessed through Patreon with a monthly subscription of $5 or more, and are released weekly on Wednesdays.

Videos on YouTube

We also plan to post videos periodically on YouTube, freely accessible, a combination of videos from our live performance archive (oh how wistful we are hearing live audiences and acoustics different from our living room as we listen to and prepare these videos!) and new works that we just have to share with you outside of a formal concert. These will appear as the muse strikes, so the best way to not miss anything is to subscribe to our new channel on YouTube (the link takes you to our channel page; look for the red Subscribe button).

We look forward to sharing music with you in all these new ways!

Sylvia & John

Under normal circumstances, we are pleased to offer house concerts through Groupmuse. Check out their website to learn more about their new livestream format, creating community through long-distance Zoom gatherings with friends near and far bookending a livestreamed concert! Click here to see our performer page.