Grand Harmonie promotes period-instrument artistry in the United States through inventive, compelling performances of Classical and Romantic repertoire and educational outreach to listeners of all ages and backgrounds.
Our approach to music-making unites scholarship and hands-on performing experience with passion, curiosity, and a willingness to experiment in the spirit of discovery. We use our historic instruments to explore all aspects of period performance practice – even live improvisation! Each concert teaches us more about how composers and players of the time conceived their music. By bringing this incredible 19th century sound world to your 21st century ears, we create a shared experience that will renew your excitement about live performance.
A unique model of flexible configuration is central to our ensemble.
You’ll hear us play as a full symphony orchestra, an opera orchestra, a mixed chamber ensemble, a Harmonie band, and as soloists in salon-style recitals. We are the only period-instrument group in the United States exclusively focused on Classical and Romantic repertoire. Our whimsical programming emphasizes the wind and brass sections, the backbone of the 19th century orchestra.
Collaboration and education are vital to our identity.
You’ll find Grand Harmonie members lecturing at libraries and instrumental conferences, presenting masterclasses at major universities, concertizing in gallery spaces, and filling 18th and 19th century historical homes with the music of the period. Active partnerships with other musical, academic, and cultural institutions help us teach you about the fascinating histories of our unusual instruments while sustaining the artistic health of our communities.
This was my first exposure to this new ensemble, and what struck me immediately was the freshness of a period sound that’s driven by the horns and winds. Indeed, listening to Grand Harmonie, I began to wonder whether our conventional early-music mode has become a bit lulled by the sad sighs of Lully and the baroque – in contrast, these guys sounded lusty and rhythmic and rustic; theirs was early music with a stomp…