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2018 - 2019 ~ NYC Subscription Concerts ~ 44th Season

Notes - January 24, 2019

Early Notation


This previous weekend, the Belgium-based Terra Nova Collective made its international debut in our First Church of Christ, Scientist venue. Clarinettist Vlad Weverbergh led the ensemble on a reconstructed clarinetto d'amore. The sultry, seductive sounds of this rare 18th-century instrument kept our audience spellbound. It was a delight to welcome this group as the first event in Early Music Foundation's 2019 Chamber Music Triptych series.

Although we bring one event to a close, the next concert in this Chamber Music Triptych series is just around the corner...

On Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30 pm, Immanuel Davis and David Ross, principal players of the EM/NY orchestra, present the complete flute duos of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. These six duets stand as some of the finest examples of this genre, and this concert will be a rare opportunity to hear these representative works complete.
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

And, if one Bach just isn't enough... This concert acts as a prelude for the EM/NY orchestra's upcoming concert featuring the music of Bach's four composer sons, just four days later.

The EM/NY orchestra turns to Germany for its third concert on our 2018-2019 GRAND TOUR. On Saturday, March 2nd, join us at the First Church of Christ, Scientist as we present works by Bach progeny Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich and Johann Christian.

Learn more about both events at:

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Central Park West at 68th
First Church of Christ, Scientist | Photo: Elliot Kaufman
Near Lincoln Center, the First Church of Christ, Scientist faces Central Park at 68th Street and is reached via the M72, M10 and Columbus Avenue M7 & M11 bus lines; subways C to 72nd Street at Central Park West (70th Street exit) & #1 to 66th Street at Broadway. Parking garages are available along West 68th and West 66th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
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The Grand Tour

In centuries past, people of means would devote a year or more to THE GRAND TOUR, traveling throughout Europe to broaden their appreciation of art, culture and western civilization.

This season, Frederick Renz guides Early Music New York in its own version of THE GRAND TOUR.



GERMANY ~ Bach Progeny
chamber orchestra

Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm 

First Church of Christ, Scientist
With a great composer for a father, best to learn everything he knows, then go one’s own way. Johann Sebastian Bach’s four composer sons distinguished themselves in an evolving musical landscape. Works by Bach progeny Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich and Johann Christian show just how far apples can fall from the tree.
ITALY ~ Corelli to Vivaldi
baroque chamber orchestra

Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm 
First Church of Christ, Scientist
EM/NY concludes its Grand Tour with spring in sunny Italy, where the light that pervades its visual art suffuses its music as well. Corelli and Vivaldi concertos, sinfonias and overtures will frame a program enriched by contributions from such composers as Domenico Scarlatti (his virtuosic keyboard sonatas recast as concerti grossi by Charles Avison).
Also, visit our website or call our box office for more information about Early Music Foundation's Chamber Music Triptych~2019 series, currently in progress. Curated by Frederick Renz, the next two events in this series feature principal players from the EM/NY orchestra, and offer music to augment the itinerary of EM/NY's GRAND TOUR.
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