Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Somewhere in Time – Phillip Serna Performs Telemann’s 1735 Fantasias for Solo Viola da Gamba

Join Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra musician Phillip Serna 7pm Friday, May 22nd for a special benefit program – IPO Live Music Stream- Somewhere in Time – benefitting the IPO – which Phillip has been a member for nearly 2 decades! Phillip will perform Telemann’s recently rediscovered 1735 fantasias for solo Viola da Gamba! This is a PAY WHAT YOU CAN concert. Donations can be made at to help ensure that the music can play on into the future. Support #MyIPO & our musicians of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra during this CoViD19 lockdown. Join us @ or

Dedicated to musical subscriber Mr. Pierre Chaunell (1703-1789) and published in a period when the viol’s popularity was waning in Europe, Telemann’s unique fantasias encompass a plethora of forms: inspired by the Polish and Moravian music of his early career, filled with techniques spanning fugal writing to elements of the rondo and concerto while straddling the High Baroque and the galant.

Join us as we explore Telemann’s self-published 1735 fantasias, the last great collection of virtuoso unaccompanied music for viola da gamba – all while supporting our Illinois Philharmonic!

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