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Published 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month to over 6,300 subscribers. Naomi Morse, Editor
Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc., New York, New York
December 6, 2012

In This Issue


  What's New

  Of Special Interest

  Event Listings
      My Lord Chamberlain's Consort
     
New York Continuo Collective
      Trinity Choir
    ♦  Canticum Novum
    ♦ 
Central City Chorus
    ♦  Ars Musica
    ♦ 
The Choir of Corpus Christi Church
    ♦  TENET
    ♦  Pomerium
    ♦  Teares of the Muses
    ♦  The New York Virtuoso Singers
    ♦  Trinity Wall Street's Twelfth Night Festival
    ♦  Parthenia
    ♦  The Sinfonia Players
    ♦  ARTEK

♦  Midtown Concerts

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GEM_5th_logo_parchment_background (72dpi_cropped_2.5in)This year, Trinity Wall Street Church asked GEMS to collaborate with them for their annual Twelfth Night Festival, a series of early music concerts taking place from December 26 to January 6.  Be sure to click through to the website in the listing below to see all of the offerings during the twelve days of Christmas.  We are excited to be producing two of the many concerts during the festival as a continuation of our fifth anniversary celebrations:

On December 27, Parthenia and soprano Julianne Baird perform their acclaimed Christmas program "As it fell on a Holie Eve," which includes early English Christmas music by many composers, including a wide variety of music by the celebrated master composer of England's Golden Age, William Byrd. 

On the afternoon of December 29, the Sinfonia Players will present a family concert with a wonderfully varied program, designed to appeal to "children of all ages."  This hour-long concert features many well-known carols, a Telemann oboe d'amore concerto, a trumpet fanfare, and a reading of "Twas the night before Christmas" and is a perfect way to introduce families to the music we all love so invite some of your younger friends (and their parents) to join you.
Of Special Interest

There are a cornucopia of holiday programs this month, both of the innovative and "old favorite" varieties:

My Lord Chamberlain's Consort presents four centuries of seasonal music on December 9.  Two Messiah performances to look out for: Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra on December 9 and December 12, and Ars Musica's Messiah singalong on December 15Canticum Novum presents Bach's complete Christmas Oratorio on December 14 and the Choir of Corpus Christi Church sings music of advent on December 16.  On December 18 both TENET and Pomerium present seasonal programs - if you're savvy you might even be able to catch both! Teares of the Muses will perform a unique program on December 20 featuring music by the almost forgotten Czech composer Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic (c. 1600 - 1676). Last but not least, the New York Virtuoso Singers will perform Haydn's The Creation on December 21.  And all this before the Twelfth Night Festival even begins!

Continuing with innovative programming, ARTEK's concert on December 29 presents music of Mozart in a format that was typical of his own time.  The concert opens with the beginning movements of the Symphony #40, followed by concertos and arias featuring soloists, and closes with the Finale of the Symphony #40.  One of the concertos, the Concerto for two fortepianos in F major, is indeed a rarely heard work, and will be performed on two 18th-century keyboards.

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 Event Listings
My Lord CC_from_web_site(cropped 72dpi 4.5in)Music on Madison! presents
My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort

A Renaissance Christmas
Four centuries of seasonal music from England and the Continent, including works by William Byrd, King Henry VIII, Thomas Campion, and Michael Praetorius plus excerpts from Playford’s Dancing Master.

Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm   
Tickets: Free-$25

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street, Manhattan

Click here for full details
NY Continuo Collective_Guitar Pic(72dpi)The New York Continuo Collective
Aux Plaisirs, aux Délices, Bergéres!
Grant Herreid, director
Air de cour from the early 17th-century, with works of Guédron, Maudit, and Moulinié

Tuesday, December 11 at 8 pm     Admission: FREE
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, Manhattan

Click here for full details
11_12_19_Messiah_Lincoln_Center_REDDY-136(72dpi 4in)The Grammy Nominated
Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra
George Frideric Handel's Messiah
Julian Wachner, conductor

Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm    Tickets: $50-$90
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan

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Canticum Novum_2012-05-19_003_choir and orchestra_cropped(4.5in)Canticum Novum
J.S. Bach:
Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio) - Complete
with the Artemis Chamber Ensemble and soloists

Friday, December 14 at 8 pm     Tickets: $40-$60
The Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, 184 East 76th Street at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

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Central City Chorus_bows(5in)Central City Chorus
Immortal Bach
Music written and inspired by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries
with guest artists
Dongsok Shin and Beverly Au, continuo

Saturday, December 15 at 7 pm
Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm

Tickets: $20-$25
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 552 West End Avenue at West 87th Street, Manhattan

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Ars Musica_Messiah graphic(4in)Ars Musica with Vox Fidelis & La Fiocco
Early Music All-Stars Messiah Singalong
Julianne Baird, soprano; Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor; Matthew Oltman, tenor; and Curtis Streetman, bass

Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm     Tickets: $20-$25
St. Anthony of Padua Church, 154 Sullivan Street, near the corner of West Houston Street, Manhattan

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Louise Basbas_photo by Richard Termine(72dpi 3.5in)Music Before 1800 presents
The Choir of Corpus Christi Church

A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols
A festive concert for the Christmas season

Sunday, December 16 at 4 pm     Tickets: $10-$45
$10 student rush tickets at the door

Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

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Tenet_ChristmasPhoto_credit John Stone(4.5in)TENET
Christmas: Starry Night
An homage to Van Gogh’s iconic painting with lute-accompanied carols, motets, solo songs and spirituals

Tuesday, December 18 at 6 pm    
Tickets: FREE

St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway at Fulton Street, Manhattan

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Pomerium_Cloisters (web)(cropped 4.5in)Pomerium
Creator of the Stars:
Christmas Music from the Old World

Solemn and joyful chants and their polyphonic elaborations from the Renaissance.

Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm    
Tickets: $25

All Souls Unitarian Church, East 80th Street at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

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Teares_Moravian Gothic Virgin and Child_wood sculpture(3in)The New York University F.A.S. Music Department and the Dvorák American Heritage Association present
The Teares of the Muses
with Kathleen Cantrell, soprano, and Ghostlight

Narození Pána Krista: Christmas Music, 17th-Century Bohemia

Thursday, December 20 at 7 pm     Tickets: $10-$20
Bohemian National Hall, 321 West 73rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, Manhattan

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Howard Rosenbaum_condweb(72dpi 3.5in)Society for Universal Sacred Music presents
The New York Virtuoso Singers

Haydn's The Creation
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor
with Christine Brandes, Benjamin Butterfield, Nathan Berg and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Friday, December 21 at 8 pm     Tickets: $17.50-$100
Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at 7th Avenue, Manhattan

Click here for full details or call 212-247-7800
Trinity Choir_12th-night-photoTrinity Wall Street presents
The Twelfth Night Festival

Immerse Yourself in Early Music
Concerts by Julian Wachner, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Choir, Parthenia, Ryland Angel, The Sinfonia Players, TENET, Clarion Music Society, The Green Mountain Project, and more!

Wednesday, December 26 Sunday, January 6     Tickets: FREE-$25
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan &
St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway at Fulton Street, Manhattan

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Julianne headshot(3in)Trinity Wall Street's Twelfth Night Festival and GEMS present
Parthenia
with Julianne Baird, soprano

As It Fell on a Holie Eve: Music for an Elizabethan Christmas
A sparkling array of songs, dances and carols from Elizabethan England
GEM_5th_logo_parchment_background (72dpi_cropped_1.5in)
Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 pm     Tickets: $25
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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Sinfonia_JSBach Xmas Flyer(72dpi)Trinity Wall Street's Twelfth Night Festival and GEMS present
The Sinfonia Players

A Christmas Concert for Children of All Ages
An hour in length, this program includes carols, chamber music, two Bach choral movements, a trumpet fanfare and a reading of "Twas the night before Christmas."
GEM_5th_logo_parchment_background (72dpi_cropped_1.5in)
Saturday, December 29 at 3 pm     Tickets: $25
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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Duo_Appassionata-smaller(3.5in)The Art of the Early Keyboard Series presents
ARTEK
Mozartian Masterpieces
A program format direct from Mozart's own time, featuring his Symphony #40 in G minor, K. 550 and the rarely heard Concerto #7 for 2 fortepianos in F major, K. 242

Saturday, December 29 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

Click here for full details
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Midtown Concerts logoMidtown Concerts
Thursdays at 1:15 pm
Saint Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street (entrance on 54th Street)
Manhattan

My Lord CC_from_web_site(cropped 72dpi 4.5in)December 13 - My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort
A Renaissance Christmas
Philip Anderson, tenor
Grant Herreid, baritone and lute
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Pat O’Brien, lute, bandore, cittern
Andy Rutherford, lute
Marcia Young, soprano and renaissance harp
The Consort celebrates the warmth, beauty, and fellowship of Midwinter Solstice with seasonal carols, noëls, and dance music from earlier centuries – with themes of Advent, Nativity, Epiphany, and good old pagan revelry. And  God send us a merrie New Yeare!

10 Dec-20 Music's Quill(3in)December 20 - Music’s Quill
Beauty Sat Bathing
Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor
Timothy Burris, lute
This duo from Maine presents three settings of Anthony Munday’s “Beauty Sat Bathing” by Robert Jones, William Corkine and Francis Pilkington illustrate the range of the English lute song in the 16th and early 17th centuries.  While Jones’ and Corkine’s works sound ahead of their time, Pilkington’s, by comparison, sound like a voice from the past.

Other Upcoming Events... (click on the date for more info)

Thursday, December 6 at 8 pm - Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, NYC
December 6–8 at 7:30 pm - David Lang & Anonymous 4, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, December 7 at 8 pm - New York Virtuoso Singers, St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church,
     NYC
Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm - The Virgin Consort, Church of St. Jean Baptiste, NYC
Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm - Angelica, The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC
Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm - Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Church, NYC
Sunday, December 9 at 7 pm - New York Baroque Incorporated, The Church of St. Luke and St.
     Matthew, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 pm - New York Consort of Viols, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, NYC
Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm - Alla Francesca, The Medieval Sculpture Hall, The
     Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm - Pipes of Christmas, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church,
     NYC
January 11-13 and 18-20, 2013 at 1 pm and 3 pm, The Play of Daniel, The Cloisters, NYC

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