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Upcoming Performances:

Turning our attention from the Baroque to the Classical period, this spring we will be giving two period-instrument performances of Mozart’s Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, viola, and fortepiano. Ensemble Gaudior director Alexandra MacCracken will be joined by clarinettist Elise Bonhivert and Thomas MacCracken (playing a copy of Mozart’s own piano) in a program also featuring two sonatas by Mozart’s friend Johann Baptist Vanhal, one for clarinet and the other for viola.

Admission to both concerts is free.



About Ensemble Gaudior

Ensemble Gaudior is dedicated to performing masterpieces of chamber music from the Baroque and Classical eras, using instruments from those periods or careful modern copies. By presenting this repertoire to modern concert audiences, we hope to contribute to the process of moving our world toward greater harmony. (The name Gaudior is borrowed from the musical unicorn in Madeleine L'Engle's book A Swiftly Tilting Planet, who time-travels through the universe joyfully harmonizing with the music of the stars and planets.) Founded in 2000 and based in the Washington D.C. area, the group is built around a core instrumentation of violin and basso continuo, but frequently collaborates with guest artists in order to allow a greater variety of repertoire.

Our special guest for these concerts is Elise Bonhivert, an alumna of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where she specialized in studying historical clarinets, including their diverse history, how to play them, and how to construct them. While living in the Netherlands, she was a frequent performer in festivals and chamber ensembles throughout Europe. Since returning to the United States (and specifically to Fairfax County, Virginia), Elise has established herself as a performer and maker of historical clarinets, holding playing positions in Boston and Houston, while maintaining an active instrument repair career specializing on clarinets of all systems and ages.