Memorial concert streamed live from our home at Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the City of New York, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021
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is a chamber music ensemble headed by violinist Aisslinn Nosky, violinist/violist Maureen Murchie, and organist/vocalist Richard Porterfield. In residence at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side, The House Band's mission is to make great music together, to share that music with the community, and to reward our contributing artists.
The House Band premieres with a free concert at St Ignatius on September 11, 2021 marking the 20th anniversary of the September 2001 attacks on our city and dedicated to those we have lost to the Covid pandemic: a French Baroque Requiem with a chorus of ten vocal soloists and an orchestra of eight players on period instruments. The hour-long concert features the 1705 Messe des Morts (Mass of the Dead) by Jean Gilles, and the 1689 De profundis ("Out of the depths") of Michel Delalande. Both pieces are well known in France, where they were for many years standard repertoire at funerals for royalty and the artists who served them, but are rarely performed on this side of the Atlantic. This free concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Saint Ignatius is our gift to the people of New York City, which has already honored us with grants from its City Artist Corps initiative.
Future projects of The House Band this season include a program of instrumental chamber music by Italian violin masters Arcangelo Corelli (1653—1713) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678—1741), and a program of accompanied vocal solo and choral works by the German organist Heinrich Schütz (1615—1672).
Aisslinn Nosky was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2011. With a reputation for being one of the most dynamic and versatile violinists of her generation, Nosky is in great demand internationally as a director and soloist. From 2016-2019 Aisslinn served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. She is currently Guest Artist in Residence with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and an artistic advisor with Portland Baroque Orchestra.
Aisslinn is also a member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. For twenty years this innovative Canadian ensemble presented its own edgy and inventive concert series in Toronto and toured Europe and North America turning new audiences on to Baroque music. With the Eybler Quartet, Nosky explores repertoire from the first century of the string quartet literature on period instruments. From 2005 through 2016, Aisslinn was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. An avid teacher and educator, Aisslinn is on the faculty of EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet, at the Banff Centre for Arts.
Maureen Murchie performs on modern and baroque violin and viola across the US as well as in China, Japan, and Europe, where a tour with Baroque ensemble El Mundo included a concert at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg. In recent years Maureen has performed with Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY, Helicon, American Classical Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Mark Morris Dance Company, Mercury Ensemble, Staunton Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, REBEL, Bethlehem Bach Festival, and in the Broadway pits of Tootsie and Farinelli and the King. Maureen holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she wrote a dissertation on the history of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. Having grown up in Japan and attended Japanese schools, Maureen also is in demand as a Japanese translator and interpreter. She is the Marketing Operations Manager at BIA, a litigation technology firm based in lower Manhattan.
Richard Porterfield is Organist & Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in the City of New York, where at Solemn Mass throughout the nine-month choir season he leads a professional ensemble in settings of the Mass Ordinary and motets of every period from the Middle Ages to the present day, along with the Gregorian propers in Latin. He plays works of Bach, Hailstork, Messiaen, and Clara Schumann (among others) on the church's three-manual Casavant organ, and plays early keyboard repertoire on a single-manual chamber organ by Dutch builder Klop.
Rick has toured and recorded widely, notably as a member of the vocal ensemble Lionheart (1993-2017), and earned his PhD from the City University of New York in 2014 with a dissertation on the voice-leading structure of Gregorian melody. He has served on the faculties of SUNY Albany, Columbia University, NYU, and the Mannes College of Music.
The House Band performs at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in the City of New York, located at 87 St and West End Avenue in Manhattan. Known for its visual and acoustic beauty, this sanctuary space is the site of great performances by many of New York's finest ensembles. For more about the church and its programs, visit saintignatiusnyc.org
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