Music at Mercy Series – Telemann’s ‘Lost’ Fantasias – March 12, 2017


New Comma Baroque’s Phillip W. Serna

Somewhere in Time: Telemann’s ‘Lost’ Fantasias for Solo Viola da Gamba

An Early Music Benefit Concert Honoring
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center

March 12, 2017- 2:00 pm

Chapel at Mercy Center
2039 North Geyer Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Registration is required. Contact Sandy Meyer (314.966.4686) or via e-mail.
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A freewill donation will be taken to
support the work of Mercy Conference and Retreat Center.

Listen to Phillip performing Telemann’s Fantasia No. 6 in G-Major

About the Music:  Located in 2014 by Thomas Fritzsch, after being lost for 280 years, a copy of Telemann’s self-published 1735 fantasias for viola da gamba survived near Hanover at Ledenburg Palace in the collection of Eleonore von Münster (née von Grothaus, 1734-1794). Dedicated to musical subscriber Mr. Pierre Chaunell (1703-1789) and published in a period when the viol was already out of fashion in Europe, Telemann’s unique fantasias encompass a plethora of forms – both old and new, inspired by the Polish and Moravian music of his early career, filled with techniques spanning fugal writing to elements of the rondo and concerto, straddling the High Baroque and the galant. Join New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna as we explore Telemann’s self-published 1735 fantasias, the last great collection of virtuoso unaccompanied music for viola da gamba – missing since the 18th century!

About the Artist:  Dr. PHILLIP W. SERNA performs on double bass with numerous Midwest orchestras as well as on violas da gamba with period-instrument Early Music ensembles. In performance, Phillip has appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio and WUIS NPR and can be heard on CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records. On viol, Phillip appears as a recitalist performing old and new works for viol and as an orchestral concert soloist. He maintains a private teaching studio stretching across the greater Chicago-area, teaching viola da gamba and viol consort class at the Music Institute of Chicago, double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University and serving as coach and sponsor for viol consorts with Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Committed to community engagement and educational outreach, Phillip is founder and music director of Viols in Our Schools, an Early Music program whose impact earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award in 2010. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University School of Music.

View Phillip Serna performing in 2016 at the Chapel at Mercy Center

To find out more about Dr. Serna, including his concert and teaching activities, please visit To learn more about the viola da gamba and its amazing literature, please visit