Baroque Splendors

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 1pm


J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for Harpsichord with Flute and Strings
J.S. Bach Trio Sonata in G Major for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord, and Cello
Rameau Solo harpsichord works
W. Leigh Concertino for Harpsichord and String Quintet (1934)
Concert information

The Pilgrim Chamber Players is presenting a concert of mostly Baroque music for the first time. We are very excited to present the artistry of Jory Vinikour, harpsichordist along with wonderful musicians who are Baroque specialists performing Bach’s great Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and a Trio Sonata by Bach. Jory Vinikour will present a mini recital of harpsichord solos by the French composer Jean Philippe Rameau. We are also including in this program a lovely 20th century work for harpsichord and strings by the English composer Walter Leigh whose career and life was cut short in World War II.

Please note the concert time is 1pm.

Concert sponsored in part by the Northern Trust Bank.


Adult - $20
Senior - $16
Student - $8

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Featuring Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
John Thorne, flute | Allison Nyquist, violin
Martin Davids, violin | Elizabeth Holzman Hagen, viola
Steven Honigberg, cello | Jerry Fuller, bass

Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. Born in Chicago, he came to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series, and as soloist with major orchestras, throughout much of the world. He has appeared as conductor/harpsichordist with the Juilliard415 Baroque orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Korea Chamber Orchestra, etc. He has collaborated with many of the most prominent singers of today, notably Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Rolando Villazon. His solo recordings have been widely praised in the international press. His recording of the complete works of Jean-Philippe Rameau (Sono Luminus, 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the field of Best Classical Solo Intrumental Recording.

Photograph by Nuccio di Nuzzo

John Thorne, flute

John Thorne is an Associate Professor of Flute at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He joined the Bienen School faculty after having been the Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony from 1992 until 2012. Previously, he has held the position of Principal Flute with the San Antonio Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now called the Sarasota Orchestra). He started his career as a member of the inaugural season of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mr. Thorne received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Julius Baker, former Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic, and John Krell, former Piccolo player of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Thorne has also studied privately with Anne Diener Zentner, former Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He received his Master of Music from Michigan State University, where he was part of the Halyburton Wind Quintet in residence at the College of Music.

Since joining the faculty of the Bienen School of Music, Mr. Thorne has appeared as soloist with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Joel Puckett’s The Shadow of Sirius and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. The Shadow of Sirius performance was webcast live and is archived on the Pick-Staiger, Davee Video Library. He has also performed Bach’s b minor Suite with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Thorne has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony on numerous occasions, performing concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi. As part of a concert featuring the Associate Principal winds of the Houston Symphony, he performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments. He has also performed as soloist with the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Halil.

As an orchestral musician in Chicago, Mr. Thorne is a substitute flutist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with the Chicago Philharmonic as principal flutist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Thorne has performed with the Bach Week Festival in Chicago, the Chicago Wind Quintet, the Civitas Ensemble, Da Camera of Houston, Dempster Street Pro Musica, the Florida Wind Quintet, the Greenbriar Consortium (organized by Houston Symphony members), MusicNOW (the contemporary music series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the Texas Music Festival, and the Winter Chamber Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern campus. He performs recitals in the Bienen School’s Galvin Recital Hall each season and was a frequent recitalist in the Houston area, performing with Scott Holshouser, Principal Keyboardist of the Houston Symphony, at Rice University, the University of Houston, and as part of the chamber music series at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston.

Mr. Thorne has given masterclasses and recitals for the ARIA International Summer Academy, Austin Flute Club, Boston Flute Academy, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Dana Flute Festival, DePaul University, Greater Indianapolis Flute Club, Houston Flute Club, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rice University, The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas Flute Festival, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Northern Iowa, University of Utah, and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. He has also served on juries for The National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, the Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition, the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Competition, the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, and for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Allison Nyquist, violin

Allison Nyquist is Artistic Director of Nashville's Music City Baroque orchestra and the baroque violin professor at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. She also serves as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and is a member of Ensemble Voltaire, The Vivaldi Project (with whom she recently recorded "Discovering the Classical String Trio" for MSR Classics), the Haymarket Opera Company and Third Coast Baroque. A former student of Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University, she will be one of several substitute professors there this spring while he is on leave.

Martin Davids, violin

Highly acclaimed violinist Martin Davids founded and directs the Callipygian Players, Chicago’s premier Baroque chamber music ensemble. “A devoted Baroque artist and performer of considerable note” (Jack Neal, KUNR-FM), Mr. Davids is concertmaster of Brandywine Baroque (DE), Chicago Galant Consort, Bach Collegium of Ft. Wayne, Janus Ensemble, Reno Baroque Ensemble (NV), and the Bach Institute Players at Valparaiso University. He is principal second violin with the Haymarket Opera Company, and Baroque Orchestra of Colorado. In Chicago, he also plays with Ars Antigua and Music of the Baroque. In the summer, he performs at the Staunton Music Festival (VA) and Green Lake Festival of Music (WI). Other ensembles he has played with include Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Galilei, Chicago Opera Theater, Central City Opera, Aradia, Toronto Consort, and numerous others across Canada and the U.S. Mr. Davids earned the prestigious Performer Diploma in Baroque violin from Indiana University where he studied with Stanley Ritchie. He also received a Masters degree from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Davids published a volume of arrangements for two violins of J. S. Bach’s solo violin fugues in early 2016. Called Bachfor2, it is the first arrangement of its kind. In addition, he is a third generation disciple of the YiZung Yue school of internal martial arts.

His recordings on the Musica Omnia, Albany, Plectra, Cedille, and Sonabilis labels have been described as "simply gorgeous" (American Record Guide, Jan/Feb, 2011). In January of 2017, he celebrated the release of his latest CD Les Deux suites de airs d’opera… with concerts in Paris and Naples. His recent CD, Michael Christian Festing, Violin sonatas, “...revels in the sound of his instrument, with assured and very articulate bowing, masterful phrasing...” (, 2015) came out in December, 2014. Also recently released, his world premier 12 Sonatas for violin and continuo by Henry Eccles - “both performance and recording are uniformly excellent” (Early Music America, Spring, 2014) is available. He is a founding member of the award winning electric Baroque ensemble Discontinuo and is in demand as an electric violinist. He has played on many world premieres of new works including David Borden's K 216.01 for electric violin and synthesizer ensemble. A recognized expert in historical performance, Mr. Davids often gives masterclasses in performance practice and improvisation at many schools and universities including Northwestern, Cornell, and the University of Michigan. He performs on a Baroque violin by Ferdinando Alberti from 1750 with Baroque bows by Canadian master bow makers Michelle Speller and Stephen Marvin. A resident of Skokie, IL, he lives with his wife Julia, and children Judith and Solomon.

Elizabeth Holzman Hagen, viola

Elizabeth Holzman Hagen enjoys an active performance career on both modern and Baroque violas. She is principal violist of Music of the Baroque, Baroque Band, the Haymarket Opera Company and the Callipygian Players. She is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, The Ravinia Festival Orchestra and The Metropolis Symphony. Other appearances have been with Lyric Opera Chicago, The Rembrandt Chamber Players and The Newberry Consort. From 1995-2006, she was a member of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire. Elizabeth is an active participant in Chicago’s freelance music scene.

Steven Honigberg, cello

Steven Honigberg is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music where he studied with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Other important cello teachers were Pierre Fournier and Karl Fruh. He is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and is also founder and member of the Potomac String Quartet. He has given recent cello recitals in Washington, DC on the Dumbarton Concert Series, at the Phillips Collection Series, at the National Gallery of Art, and recitals in New York and throughout the United States. In Chicago he has appeared on radio WFMT, at the Ravinia Festival, and as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony and New Philharmonic Orchestra among others. He has appeared most recently as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the Kennedy Center of Eric Wolfgang Korngold's Cello Concerto and he won rave reviews for the 1988 world premiere of David Ott's Concerto for Two Cellos conducted by Mistislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra with many repeat performances on two NSO United States tours.

Steven was the Director of the Chamber Music Series at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for ten years where he premiered a number of new works by such composers as Lukas Foss, Benjamin Lees, Robert Starer and David Diamond.

He participated in extensive recordings of concerts held at the museum, including four recordings of music from the music series and CDs of music by Erick Wolfgang Korngold and Ernst Toch. He has recorded extensively with the Potomac String Quartet, including the nine String Quartets of Quincy Porter and the eleven String Quartets of David Diamond which John von Rhein, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, chose as one of his top 20 CD choices for 2003. Steven Honigberg has also recorded the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano, and the complete works of Chopin for cello and piano with his mother, pianist Carol Honigberg. From 1990-2009 Honigberg was chamber music director of the Edgar M. Bronfman series in Sun Valley, Idaho and principal cellist of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he was featured as soloist in more than 15 cello concerti. He has collaborated in chamber music with such musicians as violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Nakamatsu, James Tocco and Shai Wosner. Steven Honigberg is a member of the new All Star Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwartz, in concerts running on PBS stations throughout the United States.

Steven lives in Washington, DC with his wife Jessica and two daughters Lily and Clara. Also an author, Beckham Books in 2010 published his book Leonard Rose: America's Golden Age and Its First Cellist. During the 2014-2015 season he performed the Polish composer Panufnik’s Cello Concerto with orchestra in Warsaw, Poland. In April 2015 he performed the Penderecki Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Three Celli with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Steven is an Adjunct Professor of cello at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Jerry Fuller, bass

Jerry Fuller began studying the double bass at age 16 and was invited to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra three years later. Within two years he was promoted to first desk of the double bass section in addition to performing with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr Fuller has also served as solo double bass of The Musikkollegium Winterthur Switzerland. While in Europe, Mr. Fuller became interested in historically-informed performance practice and has achieved international recognition for his work with period instruments. A Chicago Artists Abroad grant recipient, Mr. Fuller’s performances in London, Rome, Geneva and Edinburgh have been broadcast worldwide. In addition, Mr. Fuller has performed at the Ravinia and the Aspen Music Festivals and both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals.

His recordings on the Musical Arts Society, Cedille and Centaur labels have been hailed by both critics and colleagues. Mr. Fuller also writes on period instruments and performance practice for The Strad, Double Bassist, and Bass World magazines, and has served on the editorial board of the Online Journal of Bass Research.

Mr. Fuller served as an officer of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists 1990-1996 and has appeared as a guest artist with the American Bach Soloists of San Francisco, the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston and the Newberry Consort of Chicago.

He is principal double bassist of the Haymarket Opera, Callipygian Players and The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University. In addition he is Director of both and the Midwest Young Artists Early Music Program for which he was awarded the Early Music America Outreach Award for Excellence in Early Music Education. Jerry recently received a Special Recognition Award for Historically Informed Performance from the International Society of Bassists. This award is given once every two years to a bassist who has demonstrated and achieved the highest level of excellence in historically informed performance.