Programs available in
The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble
Historical Programs on Period Instruments
Barbara Hopkins, flute
Judy Handler, guitar
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN 2017
Music & Commentary
MUSIC FROM MONTICELLO
Jefferson enjoyed all kinds of music, both popular and classical. He was an
accomplished violinist and his wife Martha played harpsichord and guitar. The
Rosewood Chamber Ensemble will perform pieces from Jefferson’s personal
collection at Monticello as well as other music from his era. The program will
include Baroque sonatas by Tessarini, popular songs, marches, and arias by
Mozart. This is a special opportunity to hear this music played on period
instruments including flutes made in Litchfield, CT, a Martin guitar from the
1800s and harpsichord. Comments about the instruments by the performers,
Jefferson and his music will enhance the understanding of the works on the
This program is available
both as a duo and as a trio with harpsichord.
MELODIES OF MARK TWAIN Mark Twain was passionate about music. We follow
his life and musical interests from his early days in the South to his final
days in Connecticut. He was drawn to spirituals that he heard as a boy, loved
Scottish and Irish songs, enjoyed popular music of his day and later came to
appreciate some of the classical composers of the Romantic era. A special
feature of our concert is our performance on historical instruments. Judy will
be playing a Martin parlor guitar that is the same make and model that Mark
Twain owned and played. Barbara will be playing period flutes, including her
wooden Asa Hopkins flute made in Litchfield, CT in the 1830s.
Please ask for our demo CD of this concert.
Listen to clips of this
concert on SoundCloud: all clips include readings from Twain's life and music.
Le Marseillaise & Last Rose of Summer
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
THE ROMANTIC GENERATIONS: Flute and Guitar Music from
Europe and America\
This concert contrasts 19th century music from both
sides of the Atlantic: Paganini & Schubert pieces versus popular American music
and dances from the gold mining towns of the American West and our country's
first "classical" composers. Barbara will play early American flutes, a European
"Romantic" flute and her modern flute. Judy will play her 19th century parlor
guitar as well as her modern guitar.
Come hear how different the music scene was on both
sides of the pond!
from "Lucia" - Stephen Foster arrangement
To a Wild Rose-Edward MacDowell
SONGS AND DANCES OF EARLY AMERICA - NEWLY REVISED
This program tells the stories of American music from
the early 19th until the Civil War. The music performed includes songs, dance
music, and marches popular in this era. Some pieces will be familiar to
listeners; other works have been located in museums and historical societies
around New England. Barbara performs on flutes made circa 1830 by Asa Hopkins
whose factory was located in Litchfield, CT. Asa was a former clock maker and a
direct descendent of John Hopkins, who was one of the original settlers of
Hartford. Barbara found these flutes and had restored them to professional
playing condition between 2005 and 2009. Judy performs on a Martin parlor guitar
made in Nazareth, PA in the 1800s.
Trenis from the "Picnic Quadrilles
THE MUSICAL WORLD OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
We embark on a musical journey through the life and
times of our sixth President, noted diplomat, theater and opera devotee, and
flute player John Quincy Adams. Come hear music from his travels in Paris,
London, Berlin, and the United States, including dances and popular music from
his personal favorite operas. A unique treat is a performance of Adams’
personal flute music from his student days at Harvard University. The concert is
performed on period flutes and guitar, including Barbara Hopkins’ original Asa
Hopkins flutes, made in Litchfield, CT circa 1830 and Judy's 19th century parlor
Watch our videos from this concert here.
RALLYING 'ROUND OUR
LIBERTY: MUSIC OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Music from the lives of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas
Jefferson. This concert includes foot tapping Scottish, Irish, and British tunes
as well as a sonata from Jefferson's collection and songs by Francis Hopkinson,
who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a close friend of
Washington and Jefferson.
here to see our educational programs.