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Early Music New York - Frederick Renz, Director

“a revered institution” — The New York Times

2017 - 2018 ~ NYC Subscription Concerts ~ 43rd Season

Notes - November 29, 2017

Early Notation



In concept and construction, the lute’s closest relative in today’s music is the guitar, though in appearance, it best can be described as a pear-shaped mandolin. The lute can stand alone but plays well with others - also like the guitar, which co-existed with the lute but essentially came to supersede it in form and function. (The differences between them are more thoroughly discussed here.)

Whether called upon to accompany voices, flesh out harmonies in chamber music or conjure its own solo sound world, this mainstay of the Renaissance era remains essential in modern-day historically informed performances.

Fulfilling these roles in “Burgundian Christmas” will be Arash Noori, playing both lute and guitar. A short sample of his artistry can be found here.

Mr. Noori will be joined by instrumentalists Joseph Jones (dulcian) and Tricia van Oers (recorders), along with a vocal ensemble of ten:

Nathaniel Adams – tenor
Eric Brenner – alto
Daniel Bubeck – alto
Joe Damon Chappel – bass
Tomas Cruz – tenor
Jason Eck – bass baritone
Todd Frizzell – tenor
Jonathan May – alto
Wilson Nichols – tenor
Adrian Rosas – bass baritone

“Christmas is…a time when early music specialists like Frederick Renz and his Early Music New York are in their element. Mr. Renz has always taken the view that forgotten favorites of Christmas past — long past — are worth revisiting, and he invariably assembles engaging, well-researched programs that lift the holiday out of the modern hyper-commercial world.” – The New York Times

Burgundian Christmas Ticket Update

“Burgundian Christmas” season is just 10 days away! If you already have tickets, you can look forward to one of City Guide NY’s “Top 10 Holiday Concerts in NYC.”

If not…

The best available remaining seats are for the opening concert, December 9th, at First Church of Christ, Scientist. Some good seats are also available for both performances on Christmas Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. December 10th and 17th at the Cathedral are nearly sold out; a few single and partial view seats remain. Please call 212-280-0330 or email us at our Contact page for details.

Venue -

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St
Cathedral St John the Divine
Adjacent to the Columbia University campus, the Cathedral is easily reached by public transportation: Buses M4, M11, M104; Subway #1 to 110th Street & Broadway. Parking is available in nearby garages on 112th and 114th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
At your service
For a listing of restaurants near the Cathedral and Columbia University, click  here.

Venue -

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Central Park West at
68th St
First Church interior
Near Lincoln Center, the First Church of Christ, Scientist faces Central Park at 68th St. and is reached via the M72, M10 and Columbus Ave. M7 & M11 bus lines; subways C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) & #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along W. 68th and W. 66th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
At your service
For a listing of restaurants near West 68
th Street in Lincoln Square, click  here.

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FALL 2017
Renaissance in the Low Countries
Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68
th Street

with continuing performances at

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 25th at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 25th at 5:00 pm
Guillaume Dufay et Gilles Binchois
Continuing the fall focus on Flanders & Holland, Burgundian Christmas presents sacred and secular Renaissance holiday motets and carols for voices and instruments. EM/NY’s concerts in the intimate and ambient St. James Chapel, nestled within the world
s largest gothic cathedral, always play to full houses, so order early!

Genial Kapellmeister
Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street

Maestro Renz
Maestro Renz
devotes an entire evening to a single composer: the beloved and endlessly inventive “Papa” Haydn. With his unique combination of genius and geniality, Haydn developed some of the freshest, most original classical symphonies of his time, from the stormy to the sublime, while in service at the remote Esterházy estate in Hungary.

Venice to Vienna
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street

The Concert, Lionello Spada  c. 1615
The ‘new’ Italian style of Monteverdi and his contemporaries, blossoming at the turn of the 17th century, quickly made its way across the Alps, as Italians were engaged by Austrian and German courts. In addition to Monteverdi, composers will include Carlo Farina, whose Capriccio stravagante feat
ures a veritable carnival of the animals.

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