Anacortes Arts Foundation

New Ensemble: Leonarda’s Circle

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7PM

New Ensemble: Leonarda’s Circle

Linda Melsted, violin; Carla Moore, violin
Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba/cello
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord

North America's newest early music ensemble, Leonarda's Circle – Carla Moore and Linda Melsted, baroque violins, Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba/violoncello, and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord – will perform the dazzling and sensuous music of 17th c. Italy and Germany, featuring works by Uccellini, Marini, Buxtehude, Schmelzer, and the incomparable Isabella Leonarda.

In this performance, renowned concert masters Linda Melsted (Seattle Baroque Orchestra) and Carla Moore (Portland Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco), join forces with Portland Baroque cellist and viola da gambist Joanna Blendulf and Seattle Symphony harpsichordist Jillon S. Dupree, in their first west coast tour as the new ensemble, Leonarda’s Circle. They’ll delight listeners with virtuosic music by Isabella Leonarda (after whom the ensemble is named), Biagio Marini, Marco Uccellini, Andrea Falconieri, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Schmelzer and other masters of this Stylus Fantasticus.

The Performers

2017 10 Carla MooreDescribed by Strad magazine as possessing “unerring musicality,” Carla Moore enjoys exploring and performing the repertoire for baroque violin. A California Bay Area resident since she joined Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in 1991, she now serves as one of Philharmonia’s concertmasters and soloists, as well as concertmaster for Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon). Carla is a founder and co-director of Archetti, a conductor-less Baroque string band dedicated to the performance of 18th century concerto repertoire, and performs chamber music with the early music ensembles Music's Re-creation and Voices of Music. The most recent addition to her extensive discography is her recording of J. S. Bach Violin Sonatas with Voices of Music. Carla's performances with Voices of Music on YouTube have been seen by more than five million viewers worldwide. Carla teaches baroque violin at the University of California at Berkeley and has taught at the summer music festival Amherst Early Music (Connecticut). She studied with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. Shortly after earning her Masters degree at IU, Carla won First Prize in the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music.

2017 10 Linda MelstedThe passionate artistry of violinist Linda Melsted has won the hearts of audiences across North America, Europe, and Japan. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, member, and leader of such outstanding ensembles as Tafelmusik, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Portland, Seattle, and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, and Pacific MusicWorks. Linda is the featured soloist in Tafelmusik’s documentary “Le Mozart Noir,” and has recorded for Sony, ATMA Classique, and Harmonia Mundi. Linda’s true love is chamber music. She has performed with many ensembles in chamber music series from Toronto to Seattle including Early Music Vancouver, Gallery Concerts, Folia, Discovery Island Music Festival, La Primavera, and Toronto Music Garden. She regularly performs with Marc Destrubé and Friends and Early Music Underground. She is co-founder of the new chamber ensemble sound|counterpoint as well as the Cosi Quartet, a new classical oboe quartet, and the Salish Sea Players, a group dedicated to bringing early music to retirement and nursing facilities. Linda performs on a Nicolò Amati violin.

2017 10 joanna blendulfJoanna Blendulf has performed as soloist and continuo player in leading period instrument ensembles throughout the United States. She holds performance degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University. In 1998, Ms. Blendulf was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate for her accomplishments in early music performance from Indiana University. Joanna performs regularly with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Pacific MusicWorks (Seattle) and has also performed with America Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Ms. Blendulf is also an active chamber musician, performing and recording with Ensemble Electra, Ensemble Mirable, the Catacoustic Consort, Nota Bene Viol Consort, Parthenia, and Wildcat Viols. Her world premiere recording of the complete cello sonatas of Jean Zewalt Triemer with Ensemble Mirable can be found on Magnatune. Ms. Blendulf's summer engagements have included performances at the Bloomington, Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Aspen Music Festival as well as the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals, where she was the viola da gamba soloist. Alongside performing, Joanna serves as faculty member at viola da gamba workshops across the country, maintains a private teaching studio and has taught courses at the University of Oregon and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

2017 10 Jillon Stoppels DupreeHarpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree has been described as “one of the most outstanding early musicians in North America” (IONARTS) and “a baroque star” (Seattle Times). She has recorded for the Meridian, Decca, Orange Mountain and Delos labels and has been featured at early music festivals in York (England), Boston, Bloomington, and Berkeley. She was a winner in numerous harpsichord competitions, received both Fulbright and Beebe Fund grants for study abroad, and was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist award. Her teachers include Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman. Recent activities include a residency at Stanford University and a Monteverdi performance at the 2014 Berkeley Early Music Festival. Jillon’s world premiere recording of Philip Glass’ Concerto for Harpsichord was released to high acclaim in 2006, and her solo Bach recording is forthcoming. A graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan (masters’), she has taught at both her alma maters; she is currently a member of the early music faculty at Cornish College of the Arts. Jillon performs with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Electra, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Magnificat Ensemble (San Francisco area).