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Early Music New York - Good King Wenceslas, A Bohemian Christmas
Medieval Renaissance Chamber Ensemble
as described in today's New York Times

Notes - Dec.  20, 2013Early Notation

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Saint Wenceslas (Svatý Václave)
Bohemia circa 1420

CD's for the Christmas Season

xmas_covers_smEarly Music New York offers selections for the Christmas Season on the Ex Cathedra label. 

EM/NY Artists

Eric Brenner – alto
Patrick Fennig
– alto
Brennan Hall
Michael Denos
– tenor
Todd Frizzell
– tenor
Riley Soter
– tenor
Joe Chappel – bass
Thomas McCargar
– baritone
Peter Walker – bass baritone & bagpipes

Dongmyung Ahn – rebec & vielle
Wayne Hankin – bagpipes, recorders & flutes
Jason Priset – lutes, guitar & theorbo


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First Church of Christ, Scientist -
Central Park West at 68th Street

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Medieval/Renaissance Chamber Ensemble
A Bohemian Christmas

Sunday, December 22 at 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
Wednesday, December 25 at 2:00 PM

Wednesday, December 25 at 7:30 PM

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Recorded by EM/NY in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the repertoire on the CD "A Bohemian Christmas" serves as a point of departure for this year's holiday program. Cathedral Artist in Residence, Early Music New York will celebrate another joyous holiday season, bringing in its thirty-ninth New Year to traditionally sold-out performances in the month of December.

St. Wenceslas (Václave), prince and martyr (ca. 907-929), is the patron saint of the Czech lands, Bohemia and Moravia. Whereas the theme of the familiar English Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas" has no historical basis, the famous Czech song Svatý Václave ("St. Wenceslas"), probably originating from the beginning of the 14th century, is an invocation of this beloved saint.

"This early music band’s Christmas concerts
 are always among the season’s great treats ...
a lively lineup of works performed by period instrument players and an excellent male vocal ensemble.
The New York Times

Continuing the Series - Spring 2014

Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Telemann's Volksmusik

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM
First Church of Christ, Scientist

Frederick Renz conducts Georg Philipp Telemann suites and concerti influenced by the folk music of Eastern Europe. In 1704 Telemann received an invitation to become Kapellmeister for the court of Count Erdmann II of Promnitz at Żary, in Poland. This new position allowed him to hear and study Polish and Moravian folk music, which fascinated and inspired him.  Also on the program - Johann Sebastian Bach's "Polonaise" for flute & orchestra.

17th-century Chamber Ensemble
Echoes o'er the Alps

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

First Church of Christ, Scientist

In 1588, a collection of Italian madrigals was published with English words entitled "Musica Transalpina" to satisfy a new taste and voracious appetite of England's elite. This title could just as easily, or perhaps, more fittingly, be applied to the prodigious practice of Italian composer/musicians being called to foreign courts in Austria, Germany, Poland, England and Sweden.

Frederick Renz handpicks virtuoso singer soloists, engages its principal strings and continuo (lute, guitar, harp accompaniment) to recreate evocative 17th-century echoes from across the Alps.

The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
Partial funding for this performance provided by
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

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