Belladonna Baroque Quartet


Clea Galhano recorder; Margaret Humphrey, baroque violin;
Rebecca Humphrey, baroque cello; Barbara Weiss, harpsichord

Sonata quarta a3 in C major (1682)
Johann Rosenmüller
1619 – 1684

Suite (from BWV 891, 529, 527, and 525)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude, Allegro, Andante, Allegro

Sonata a3 in d minor (1662)
Antonio Bertali

Sonata IX in a minor (1659)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
1623 -1680

Fantasia in C major for recorder
G. Ph.Telemann
Vivace, Adagio, Allegro, Allegro

Sonata in d minor TWV43:d
G. Ph. Telemann
Adagio, Allegro, Largo, Allegro

Sonata “la Lanterley”
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer

Trio-Sonata C major DurG 13
Johann Gottlieb Gold-berg
1727 - 1756
Adagio, Alla Breve, Largo, Gigue

The Baroque ensemble Belladonna was founded in St. Paul Mn in 1993 and has since performed in festivals and music series around the globe. The group was featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today, Pittsburgh's WQED-FM classical music station, WGBH Boston, as well as the nationally syndicated radio program Harmonia. Series performances have included appear-ances at Seattle Early Music Guild, National Music Museum (Vermillion S.D.), the Renaissance and Baroque Society (Pittsburgh), Early Music Now (Milwaukee). They've toured extensively in Brazil, performed in the Regensburg Early Music Festival in Germany, and made their New York debut in Merkin Hall. Their critically acclaimed Folias Festivas CD was re-released on the Dorian label. The quartet, which features Rebecca Humphrey, baroque cello, Margaret Humphrey, ba-roque violin, Barbara Weiss, harpsichord, and Clea Galhano, recorder, has received wide recogni-tion for their vibrant and innovative interpretations of familiar works and their colorful arrange-ments of little-known pieces. Belladonna was a 10 year artist-in-residence ensemble for the Schubert Club of St. Paul, as well as Class Notes Artists in Residence for Minnesota Public Ra-dio, presenting outreach educational programs to children in public schools around the state.

“The four-woman chamber ensemble Belladonna presented a program of 17th century folias in witty arrangements…in performances that were high profile, fantastically col-ored and just plain hot. Their flashy rhythmic play and daredevil divisions drove the audience into fits. Belladonna reminded us that early music, however historically in-formed, is as quirky, improvisatory and fresh as jazz.”
-Boston Globe

Violinist Margaret Humphrey maintains a vibrant freelance schedule as soloist, cham-ber musician, and orchestra member, performing in ensembles in the US and Europe. Previously a 25 year core member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, she now performs regularly with Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of Minnesota, Consortium Carissimi, and Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia. A founding member of Belladonna Baroque quartet, she has toured throughout the US, Europe and Brazil. Cerulean Fire, her most recent ensemble, collaborates with dancers and percussionists crossing over genres to create dynamic performance experiences. Ms Humphrey is also a member of the Kingsbury Ensemble in St. Louis as well as soloing yearly in the Ancient Music Se-ries in St. Savin France. She has recorded on the Chandos, Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Naxos labels. Margaret has great passion for playing string quartets and she’s quite a devilish Pickleball player.

Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an internationally renowned performer of early, con-temporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician, collaborating with recorder player Marion Verbrug-gen, Jacques Ogg, Belladonna Baroque Quartet and Kingsbery Ensemble. As a featured soloist, Galhano has worked with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Musical Offering and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Among other important music festivals, Ms. Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany and at Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome, always receiving acclaimed reviews. She has toured and recorded with the international Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo. Galhano studied in Brazil at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a LASPAU, Fulbright Scholarship and support from the Dutch government. She is the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest and recently received the pres-tigious McKnight fellowship award, MSAB Cultural collaborative and MSAB Arts Initiative. Currently, she is a faculty member at Macalester College and Adjunct Lecturer in Music, Re-corder at HPI, Jacobs School of Music, IU. Ms. Galhano has recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado label and she is the recipient of the National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Barbara Weiss’ diverse musical experiences range from recording and performing ancient classi-cal Cambodian music to directing a baroque opera company to chairing a university’s early music program. She has been on the faculty of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Insti-tute, as well as Concordia College and the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania. She has taught at summer workshops such as the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival, Indiana University’s Recorder Academy, and Mountain Collegium. Her collaborations include Belladonna, the Newberry Consort, Quicksilver, Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the King's Noyse, Apollo's Fire, the Chicago Opera Theater, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Vermillion and Piffaro. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she performs with Muses Delight, Pan Harmonia, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and Asheville Baroque. Zoom technology has allowed her to teach harpsichord at Swarthmore College. She is the director of western North Carolina’s first melodica band, Next Road Over.

Cellist Rebecca Humphrey lives and works in the Philadelphia area where she is an active free-lancer and member of several chamber ensembles including Kleine Kammermusik, Sylvan Viols, Franklin Quartet, and Galline. Rebecca discovered the world of early music while studying at Oberlin College. Based on this newfound passion, she moved to Minneapolis and was principal cellist in the Lyra Consort for twelve years. During extended periods overseas, she collaborated with Kammerensemble Luzerne and Capriccio Basel in Switzerland, and Latitude 37 in Mel-bourne, Australia. Rebecca’s talent to craft bass lines, solos and vocal accompaniment makes her a sought after as a Bach specialist. Still, her greatest passion is exploring the intimate and collabo-rative dynamic of chamber music, which she has pursued as founding member of many ensem-bles notably Belladonna, which performed extensively in the US and Brazil. When not playing cello or viola da gamba, Becca will be on the tennis court, or in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania.

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Elizabeth Borsodi, Rhonda Liss, Joel Leonard, David Feltus,
Cynthia Wolloch, Gary Wolkstein, JoAnne Moran, Brooke Jaron,
Wylie Crawford, Adrienne Silverstein, Lee Berkowitz, David Saffer,
Joyce Rosenthal, Helene Crawford, Nanette Stenholm, Felice Yager