Notes - Dec. 20, 2013
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Saint Wenceslas (Svatý Václave)
Bohemia circa 1420
CD's for the Christmas Season
Early Music New York offers selections for the Christmas Season on the Ex Cathedra label.
– tenor Joe Chappel
– baritone Peter Walker
– bass baritone & bagpipes
– rebec & vielle Wayne Hankin
– bagpipes, recorders & flutes Jason Priset
– lutes, guitar & theorbo
Cathedral of St. John the Divine -
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Medieval/Renaissance Chamber EnsembleGOOD KING WENCESLAS
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
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.
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 2014EAST OF THE ELBE
Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 PMFirst Church of Christ, Scientist
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 PMFirst Church of Christ, Scientist
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.
Partial funding for this
performance provided by
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia
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- Choose any number of tickets to all THREE
program titles at $35 per ticket.
- Reserve single tickets at $40 each. †Dec. 25, 2PM
matinee at $50
each. Students $20 at the door (the day of).
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York State Council on the Arts
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New York State Legislature,
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