Event Calendar

Concert: A Tribute to Ed Brewer


St. John's in the Village
218 West 11th Street New York
United States
Sunday, January 05, 2020


All the Harpsichord You Can Stand!

Time:             3:00 pm

Reception to follow

Admission:     $20 ~ General Admission

$10 ~ Students with ID

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Program Description:

A tribute to Edward Brewer for his forty plus years’ contribution to the Early Music community of New York City, both as a musician and the founder of Baroque Keyboards, an organization which provides harpsichord and organ rental in the New York Metropolitan area.

The concert will include concertos by Bach for 3 & 4 Harpsichords, and arias for soprano, oboe d’amore & continuo. This extravaganza features four harpsichords revealing Bach’s genius for dramatic painting in sound. Also on the program are poignant examples of Bach’s dedication to his faith and his work through arias for soprano, oboe d’amore & continuo; a glimpse of Bach’s homelife portrayed in an aria from The Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach, a work assembled by Frau Bach for the instruction of Bach’s children; and a short account of the life’s work of Edward Brewer as told by Barry Brewer, his son & manager of Baroque Keyboards.

This special event was inspired by a dream that oboist Sarah Davol had. She wrote: “I woke up from a dream that seemed so strikingly real that I had to consider if it was a dream or if it had actually happened the night before. I had just attended a tribute concert for Ed Brewer, and he was there. Various performers (no specific people, just a general sense that they were musicians) had just played a concert in honor of him, and there was a happily buzzing post-concert gathering of people. Ed was delighted, and I could see him slowly moving about the room talking with both performers and audience members. Virginia was there, too, enjoying conversations with friends. I told RJ about the dream, and he said, “That’s lovely; you should tell Virginia about it.” So, I did.”


Arthur Haas, Dongsok Shin, Avi Stein, and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichords

Diana Brewer, soprano

Virginia Brewer, oboe d’amore

Nancy Wilson, violin

Nelva Lagerwey TeBrake, violin

David Miller, viola

Myron Lutzke, cello

About Ed Brewer:

Retired Edward Brewer enjoyed a long and illustrious career. He was in demand as a chamber musician as well as in orchestra and choral settings. Among the distinguished choral organizations with which Mr. Brewer performed were Amor Artis, Musica Sacra, and the Oratorio Society of New York.

As founder/director of the Brewer Chamber Ensemble, Edward Brewer participated in a series of first-time recordings of operas by G.F. Handel for MMG. Other labels include Nonesuch, Delos and ESS.A.Y.

Edward Brewer also provided high quality portable pipe organs and harpsichords in many European styles of the 18th century for the multitude of New York musical organizations involved in the performance of baroque music. This service continues as Baroque Keyboards, LLC under the management of Barry Brewer. Tuning services, organized by Diana Brewer, are also provided by Baroque Keyboards. All in all, Edward Brewer did the work of three people and did it superbly.

About the Artists:

Arthur Haas, one of the most sought after early music performers in the United States today received top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975. Solo CDs of French, English, and Italian music have all received critical acclaim in the press.  He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, Empire Viols, and Gold and Glitter, and is a featured soloist in the annual Portland (ME) Bach Virtuosi Festival.  Mr. Haas teaches at Stony Brook University and the Yale School of Music, and was a founding faculty member of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.

Dongsok Shin has specialized exclusively on early keyboard instruments since the early 1980s. A member of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble REBEL since 1997, he has appeared with American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Bach Sinfonia (Washington), and the New York Philharmonic, among others. He has accompanied vocal luminaries such as Renee Fleming, Rufus Muller, and Michael Chance as well as famed baroque flutist Barthold Kuijken in recital. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and Mexico and has recorded for ATMA Classique, Dorian, Helicon and many others.

Avi Stein is the artistic director of the Helicon Foundation and the associate organist and chorusmaster at Trinity Church Wall Street. He performs a wide range of repertoire, from specializing in the avant-garde of the 17th century with his group Quicksilver to presenting the complete survey of Bach’s sacred music. Mr. Stein teaches continuo accompaniment, vocal repertoire and chamber music at the Juilliard School where he recently conducted a production of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” which was performed at the Royal Opera in Versailles. He performed on the Grammy Award winning recording by the Boston Early Music Festival of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs.

Recognized as one of America’s leading early music performers, Gwendolyn Toth performs and records each summer on some of the most historic organs in Europe: Sion, Noordbroek, Krewerd, Oosthuizen, Rysum, Zeerijp, and many others. She is the founding director of the early music ensemble ARTEK, acclaimed for its performances and recordings of Monteverdi and Rosenmüller. Recently she was appointed adjunct professor of historical performance practice at CUNY Graduate Center.

Hazzan Diana Brewer holds Music degrees from Smith College and the Longy School of Music. Her longtime penchant for spirituality later led her to pursue cantorial studies. She was ordained as a cantor through the ALEPH Ordination Program of the Jewish Renewal movement, where she is now assistant to the Cantorial program. She serves as a spiritual leader in a variety of settings.

Virginia Brewer received her M.S. degree from The Juilliard School. Highlights of her career as a Baroque oboist include a tour in Europe with the Bach Ensemble and a summer in Stockholm recording Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and performing “La Clemenza di Tito.”Virginia also performed Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a version staged by Jonathan Miller. Her life-long relationship with the music of J.S. Bach began with the Bach Vespers series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she played principal oboe for forty years.

Myron Lutzke is one of the foremost American players of Baroque and Classical cello. He is a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Aulos Ensemble, the Mozartean Players, and the Bach Ensemble, and serves as principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and The American Classical Orchestra, a position he has also held with numerous other orchestras. Mr. Lutzke tours extensively as a recitalist and chamber player throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, and performs frequently at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, and Mostly Mozart festivals. He has taught at the Indiana University Early Music Institute and is a member of the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and New York University. Mr. Lutzke had appeared in several international television series, and can be heard in numerous recordings on more than half a dozen major labels.

David Miller has championed early music performance in this country since 1974.  He was a founding member of several chamber music ensembles, as well as guest artist with many others.  He has served as principal violist for orchestras including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, and the American Classical Orchestra.  Appearances at summer festivals include Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center; Tanglewood; the Festival of Perth, Australia; the Lufthansa Festival of London; and the Esterhazy Palace in Austria.  His recordings can be heard on Decca, Dorian, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Collection among others.

Nelva Lagerwey TeBrake is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  She studied Baroque violin with Jaap Schroder at the Amsterdam Conservatory and with Sigiswald Kuyken at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. She has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the leadership of Ton Koopman, as well as in a joint project with Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, and Collegium Vocale Gent of Bach’s Saint John Passion. Other groups she has performed with include Concert Royal, the Waverly Consort, Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Bach Ensemble, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

With a repertoire ranging from early 17th century violin solos to the string quartets of Beethoven and Schubert, Nancy Wilson has been a founding member of many of American's pioneering period instrument ensembles. She has performed as concertmaster and soloist with leading conductors, including Nicholas McGegan and Christopher Hogwood.  Her solo playing has been called "clear and sweet in tone, refined in articulation" by Gramophone, "exceptionally stylish" by The Edinburgh Scotsman and “expert” by the New York Times.  With over 50 recordings to her credit, her most recent release is complete sonatas of Teodorico Pedrini. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Wilson holds degrees from Oberlin College and The Julliard School. She is on the faculties of Mannes School of Music (The New School) and Princeton University.