Emi Ferguson, flute

Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$25.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

The Joan & Jonathan Kleinbard Endowed Concert

A collaboration with flutist Emi Ferguson, Fly the Coop is a joyous, kaleidoscopic romp through some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works. The program features new arrangements of Bach’s Flute Sonatas and Keyboard Preludes, orchestrated for baroque flute and the forces of Ruckus that include theorbos, baroque guitars, baroque bassoon, cello, viola da gamba, harpsichord, organ, bass, and the occasional banjo.

Ruckus explodes Bach’s bass lines into a rainbow of textures and colors, continually shifting like light over the landscape as Ferguson’s flute lines dance above. Contrasting the three flute sonatas are new arrangements of a variety of Bach’s keyboard preludes, with selections ranging from the beloved Well Tempered Clavier to alternate movements from keyboard suites that are rarely performed.

Emi Ferguson, flute; Clay Zeller-Townson, baroque bassoon; Coleman Itzkoff, baroque cello; Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo/baroque guitar/banjo; Doug Balliett, bass; Adam Cockerham, theorbo/baroque guitar; Elliott Figg, harpsichord/organ

Fly the Coop 
Bach: Prelude in G Major (after BWV 884)
Bach: Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
Bach: Prelude in E Minor (after BWV 855)
Bach: Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
Bach: Prelude in G Minor (after BWV 847a)
Bach: Prelude in C Minor (after BWV 999)
Bach: Prelude in C Major Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033
Bach: Prelude in E Major (after BWV 815a)

This concert replaces the Nevermind performance that was originally scheduled for February 4. Tickets to the Nevermind concert are valid for admission to the new event. The program will be performed without an intermission.

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The Artist(s)

Emi Ferguson
Emi Ferguson, flute
Hailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English-American performer and composer Emi Ferguson stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day musicians. Emi’s unique approach to the flute can be heard in performances that alternate between the Silver Flute, Historical Flutes, and Auxiliary Flutes, playing repertoire that stretches from the Renaissance to today.… Read More
Ruckus is a baroque band with a fresh, visceral approach to early music. The ensemble’s debut earned widespread critical acclaim: “achingly delicate one moment, incisive and punchy the next” (The New York Times), “superb” (Opera News). Ruckus’ core members form a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a rhythm section: guitars,… Read More


.S. Bach - G Major Prelude (After BWV 884), LIVE | Emi Ferguson & Ruckus
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E Minor, BWV 1034: III. Andante | Emi Ferguson & Ruckus