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IPO summer series concert set for July 23 at Ravisloe

New CommBaroque's Emily Katayam(left) Phillip Sern(right) are appear with Matthew Cataldi (not pictured) as part Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's summer music

New Comma Baroque's Emily Katayama (left) and Phillip Serna (right) are to appear with Matthew Cataldi (not pictured) as part of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's summer music series at Ravisloe Country Club at 7 p.m. July 23. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 9, 2014 8:46PM



In the third Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Music Series concert at 7 p.m. July 23, New Comma Baroque will take audience members “Bach” in time with a program of Baroque dances by composer Georg Philipp Telemann, according to a release about the concert.

New Comma Baroque, a Chicago-based ensemble formed by IPO double bassist Phillip Serna, is part of the Historically Informed Performance movement, the release said.

“This is a growing movement in Chicago and definitely not as prevalent here as on the East and West coasts,” Serna said in the release.

However, his ensemble is “dedicated to reengaging modern audiences” in this chamber music art form, the release said.

The movement attempts to get away from the editorial interpretation added to classical music over the centuries and get back to what the composer really wrote, relying on the cultural context of the composer’s own national identity, according to the release.

“It’s literally like trying to cook a(n ethnic) dish with the regional ingredients so that (the music) sounds authentic to the country of origin,” Serna said.

He describes Telemann as a “real cosmopolitan character” who traveled extensively and incorporated the nuances of each country’s culture into the music he wrote, allowing it to appeal to a more diverse audience, the release said.

The July 23 Ravisloe program, “Telemann’s Travels,” will feature vibrant music with French, Italian, German and Polish flavors, encapsulating the travels of one of the 18th century’s most prolific composers, Serna said in the release.

Serna is to play the viola de gamba, Emily Katayama the harpsichord, and Matthew Cataldi the Baroque violin, the release said.

Tickets are $30 and are available by calling (708) 481-7774 or visiting ipomusic.org. Limited tickets are to be available at the door.

The performance is to be held in the Great Room at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 Park Ave., Homewood.

The Ravisloe grill will be open for dining before the concert until 6:30 p.m., the release said.

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is billed as one of the finest orchestras in the Great Lakes region.

It is led by Austrian music director David Danzmayr.

Staff report



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