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Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya 1952-2012

It is with personal regret to learn of Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya's recent and untimely death. I had the honor of being introduced to the Ambassador when he held the title of Consul-General of Japan in New York. Subsequently, he became a distinguished member of Early Music Foundation's "Director's Circle." The Ambassador was a pleasure to work with when we arranged EMF's presentation last spring of the Japanese early music ensemble 'Anthonello.' In one particular lunch meeting, I was amazed to learn of the Ambassador's scope of interests and depth of knowledge, particularly in his love of European Renaissance music along with fly-fishing in the Catskills!

Regrettably, the Ambassador was not able to attend the performance of Anthonello in New York because he was called back to Japan to become Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Just days ago, he was appointed to the critical post of Ambassador to China. In his latest e-mail correspondence telling of this newest appointment, the Ambassador made reference to the particularly acute political situation brewing between Japan and China. If anyone could smooth relations on an international scale, I had no doubt Shinichi Nishimiya had the necessary wherewithal!! In my return e-mail of 9/11/12, I wished him well on his new adventure. He left us 9/16/12. With fondest admiration, we will dedicate our December Renaissance program to the Ambassador.

Frederick Renz

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Fall 2012 ~ Medieval & Renaissance Chamber Ensemble

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Amsterdam Ave at 112th Street



 A Medieval Dance Band


Saturday, November 10 at 8 PM

Sunday, November 11 at 2 PM

Back by popular demand, instrumental medieval treasures from hauntingly provocative to viscerally energetic dances -Italian istanpittas, saltarelli, & trottos, French estampies, English rottas & ductias - are deftly performed by EM/NY’s superb instrumental-specialist ensemble performing on bagpipes, shawms, flutes, harp, rebec, vielle, with an astonishing array of frame (hand) drums!



Tudor Christmas

English Carols, Motets & Seasonal Pastimes


Sunday,   December 16 at 2 PM   

Saturday, December 22 at 8 PM 

Sunday,   December 23 at 2 PM   

Tuesday,  December 25 at 2 PM *

Tuesday,  December 25 at 8 PM

Holiday gifts from England’s Renaissance courts & chapels (reigns of Henry VII, VIII, Elizabeth I) including ‘medieval carowles,’ ‘masquing’ tunes composed by King Henry VIII (“Green Groweth the Holly”), with Advent, Nativity & Epiphany motets by William Cornysh, Christopher Tye & William Byrd – gleefully performed by EM/NY’s engaging men’s voices with virtuoso instrumental trio.


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Spring 2013 ~ Baroque & Classical Chamber Orchestra


First Church of Christ, Scientist

Central Park West at 68th Street

Mediterranean Meditations

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Madrigals & Monody of the Italian & Spanish Baroque

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8 PM  


Introducing EM/NY’s new, “best kept secret,” Lincoln Square performance venue, Maestro Renz programs pivotal early baroque works by Claudio Monteverdi along with his Neapolitan & Spanish counterparts, Francesco Provenzale, Cristoforo Caresana and others – festive instrumental canzonas, expressive madrigals and dramatic monody, both mundane & moralistic – with EM/NY’s choice ensemble of mixed voices, strings & winds.


London's Musical Bridge

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The Enlightened English

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8 PM


EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK’s Chamber Orchestra performs repertoire of England’s 18th-century greats side by side with imported German counterparts – suites of John Avison & George Frederick Handel; select overtures by William Boyce & John Christian Bach; sinfonias by Thomas Arne & noted astronomer / discoverer of the planet Uranus, Frederick William Herschel.


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