Saturdays with Sebastian
In 2018, Professors Charlotte Mattax Moersch and Dana Robinson from the UIUC School of Music inaugurate a new series, “Saturdays with Sebastian.” In monthly concerts over the next two years, they will perform the complete keyboard and chamber works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Mattax inaugurated the series in the spring of 2018 with concerts at the Krannert Art Museum. In March a concert featured Mattax Moersch performing the Goldberg Variations.
For more information on upcoming Saturdays with Sebastian events, please visit our Upcoming Events & Tickets page.
Charlotte Mattax Moersch, Professor of Harpsichord & Musicology, UIUC School of Music
Since capturing First and Third Prizes at the International Harpsichord Competitions in Paris and Bruges, in both solo harpsichord and basso continuo performance, Charlotte Mattax Moersch has performed at major venues in the United States and Europe, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, and Oxford’s historic Sheldonian Theatre, among others. As a guest artist, she has been heard at international music festivals, including the Festival of the Associazione Musicale Romana, Tage alter musik Regensburg, and the Bethlehem Bach Festival. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the Boulder Bach Festival, New York’s Grande Bande, San Francisco’s American Baroque, and has toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
The recipient of several important awards and prizes, she was honored with a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Woolley Scholarship for study in Paris. A specialist in 17th-century French music, she is the author of the book, Accompaniment on Theorbo and Harpsichord: Denis Delair’s Traité of 1690, published by Indiana University Press. She has recorded for Koch, Analekta, Dorian, Newport Classic, and Amon Ra Records. Recent compact discs include the complete solo harpsichord works of Jean-Henry d’Anglebert, Armand-Louis Couperin, Charles Noblet and Pierre Février for Centaur Records.
Currently Professor of Harpsichord at the University of Illinois, Charlotte Mattax Moersch studied harpsichord in Amsterdam, Paris, and New York with Gustav Leonhardt, Kenneth Gilbert, Bob van Asperen and Albert Fuller, and has degrees from Yale University, the Juilliard School of Music, and Stanford University.
Dana Robinson, Associate Professor of Organ, UIUC School of Music
B.M. (with Distinction in Performance) and M.M., New England Conservatory of Music; D.M.A. (organ performance), University of Iowa. Additional study at the University of Salamanca (Spain), the Municipal Conservatory in San Sebastian (Spain), Boston University, and Westminster Choir College.
Dana Robinson, a native of Boston, has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States, and has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures for the Boston and River Valley chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the Round Lake Historical Society, Boston's First Night festival, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, the Old West Organ Society, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. He has also appeared with The Boston Cècelia, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and with Dutch organist Paul Tegels, with whom he gives frequent duet recitals. His performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams. An active church musician, Professor Robinson has served as organist and choir master of Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, and as organist and director of music for the Center of Faith and Life at Luther College. Professor Robinson is presently organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign. He has held teaching appointments at Central College of Iowa, and Luther College. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Professor Robinson won the Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Concerto Competition, and First Prize in the Arthur Poister Competition. In 1988 he received the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for study abroad. His principal teachers include George Faxon, Yuko Hayashi, Harald Vogel, and Delbert Disselhorst, and pianists Julius Chaloff and Kenneth Amada.