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Published 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month to over 6,700 subscribers. Naomi Morse, Editor
Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc., New York, New York
May 1, 2014

In This Issue

  What's New

  Of Special Interest

  Event Listings
      Clarion Music Society
Hudson Valley Singers
    ♦  Sonnambula
    ♦  Masques
    ♦  New York Consort of Viols
Clara Rottsolk & Sylvia Berry
    ♦  Grand Harmonie
    ♦  Voices of Ascension
    ♦  Repast Baroque Ensemble
    ♦  The
New York Continuo Collective
    ♦  Polyhymnia
    ♦  Parthenia
    ♦  New Vintage Baroque

♦  Early Music Festival: NYC

♦  Midtown Concerts

  Other events

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What's New at GEMS...

nea-lockup-A(4in) 2NEA Grant
GEMS is pleased to announce that we have been recommended for our SECOND grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, to support the Early Music Festival: NYC co-directed by Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke.  More details about this week-long event in June are in the special section below and on their website.

Spring Campaign
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Of Special Interest

NYCV Final Concert PosterViola da gamba virtuoso, teacher, proselytizer, and early music pioneer Judith Davidoff has scheduled the final concert of her venerable New York Consort of Viols for THIS SUNDAY, May 4 at 7 pm, at the Church of the Transfiguration on 29th Street just east of Fifth.

Since its founding in 1972, the New York Consort of Viols has championed the beauty and breadth of music written expressly for or especially suited to the viol.  While acclaimed for its dynamic Renaissance and Baroque repertoires, the Consort also has commissioned contemporary works as well.

Over the years, the Consort has performed for enthusiastic audiences on campuses and in concert series throughout North America. These include such notable venues as Milwaukee's Early Music Now, the Berkeley Festival, and New York's Music Before 1800. In 1992 the Consort traveled to Turkey to perform in Istanbul and Ankara. The Consort has also collaborated with many accomplished early music ensembles such as Pomerium, Zephyrus, the Boston Viol Consort, the Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort, the Waverly Consort, the Ensemble for Early Music and Music For A While.

This Sunday afternoon is a busy time, with many outstanding early music concerts around the City, but if you can make it to 29th Street by early evening, Judith and the Consort would be glad to see you at this significant event.

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 Event Listings
mozart_composing_the_requiemThe Clarion Orchestra and Choir
1791: The Mozart Requiem
Three dramatically different masterpieces from Mozart’s final year, 1791, including the Overture from The Magic Flute, Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, and the Requiem in D minor.  The program displays Mozart at the height of his powers with three pieces that reveal not only the composer's virtuosity but also his versatility.

Friday, May 2 at 8 pm     Tickets: $20-$75

All $75 tickets are sold out, but tickets are still available for $50, $35, and, for students, $20.
Park Avenue Christian Church, Park Avenue and East 85th Street, Manhattan

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Hudson Valley SingersHudson Valley Singers

with The New York Metamorphoses Orchestra

MOZART: Sacred and Profane
Including Mozart’s early Litany K.243, concert arias and select opera choruses

Eugene Sirotkine, conductor
Soloists: Karen Harnay, Soprano; Alexandra Lushtak, Mezzo-Soprano; Victor Antipenko, Tenor; Robert Garner, Baritone

Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm      Tickets: $25-$30
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, Manhattan

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Sonnambula May 3Sonnambula
Late-Night Lachrimae
John Dowland's Seven Teares & Composers Respond
Jude Ziliak, violin; Elizabeth Weinfield, tenor viol;
Arnie Tanimoto, Wen Yang, Shirley Hunt, bass viols;
Christopher Morrongiello, lute; James Kennerley, tenor

Saturday, May 3 at 9 pm     Tickets: $10-$15
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, #2 (between Delancey and Rivington Streets), Manhattan

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Masques(4.5in)Music Before 1800 presents

Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts
Honoring the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s death

Sunday, May 4 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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NYConsort BW(72dpi x 3.5)New York Consort of Viols
The Sweet Power of Music: A Farewell Celebration Concert

An evening of music and readings from Shakespeare's time on the subjects of Music, Love, Life and Death.
with John Genke, actor and Amy Bartram, soprano

Sunday, May 4 at 7 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
Church of the Transfiguration (Little Church Around the Corner), 1 East 29th Street, (Between Fifth and Madison Avenues), Manhattan

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Clara_Rottsolk_(photo_Geoffrey_Silver)(2in)Music at Morris-Jumel presents
Clara Rottsolk, soprano & Sylvia Berry, fortepiano
Haydn's London and Beyond
Music of Haydn, Clementi, Schubert, and Bellini. Ms. Berry will play on her newly restored 1806 Broadwood piano, featured on her recent recording Haydn: The London Sonatas.

Saturday, May 10 at 4 pm     Tickets: $20-$25
Concert followed by reception; Reservations required

Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan

Click here for full details or call 212-923-8008
Grand Harmonie_ShakespeareGrand Harmonie
with Lorelei Ensemble
Shakespeare the Romantic

An unforgettable encounter with the master of language in the year of his 450th birthday

Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm     Tickets: $20-$35
Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (at East 74th Street), Manhattan

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VoA_Renaissance EnglandVoices of Ascension
Masters of the Renaissance: England

A journey from antique chants and works of the late Medieval and early Renaissance periods through master compositions of the two giants: Tallis and Byrd.  Includes works by Farrant, Tye, Gibbons and Weelkes.

Wednesday, May 14 at 8 pm     Tickets: $5-$65
Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue at Tenth Street, Manhattan

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Repast 2(72dpi x 4.3in)forNewsletterRepast Baroque Ensemble
Concerto Extravaganza

Repast concludes its 10th anniversary season with Bach’s thrilling D Minor harpsichord concerto and E Major violin concerto, a dazzling Vivaldi cello concerto in E Minor, and Telemann quintets for two violins, two violas and continuo.

Wednesday, May 14 at 8 pm     Tickets: $12-$25
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)

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NYCC_L'Incontro tra Giasone ed Eete_Palazzo Fava_BolognaThe New York Continuo Collective
Cavalli Opera Scenes

Grant Herreid, director
Scenes from La Calisto and Il Giasone, two operas by Francesco Cavalli. The performances feature a dozen singers, 15 pluck players, as well as a small string band under the direction of Leah Nelson.

Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15 at 8 pm
Tickets: Admission free, donations welcomed

Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street (just south of Christopher Street), Manhattan

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Polyhymnia 2013Polyhymnia
Flowers of the Field:
Music for the Hofkapelle of Maximilian II

Jacob Vaet (c.1529-1567) Missa Ego flos campi a6
Motets by Vaet and Clemens non Papa

Saturday, May 17 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
Pre-Concert Lecture at 7 pm by Dr. Sarah Davies

St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 552 West End Avenue at West 87th Street, Manhattan

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Parthenia QuartetMealy_KammenParthenia
Musical Games: Three Centuries of Music for Strings

with Shira Kammen & Robert Mealy, violins & vielles
The best music for string ensemble from the very early Renaissance to the mid-Baroque, performed on varying combinations of viols, violins and vielles, with lots of improvisation.  Works by Dufay, Machaut, Ockeghem, and Ruffo, and 17th-century extravagances by Brade, Lawes and Scheidt, including Scheidt's Ludi Musici, or "Musical Games."

Saturday, May 17 at 8 pm     Tickets: $10-$40
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street (just south of Christopher Street), Manhattan

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Gershwin Group Photo(6in)New Vintage Baroque
Bacchus Bender

New Vintage Baroque finishes its inaugural season with a celebration of the god of wine, Bacchus, featuring music by Purcell, Campra, and a new composition by Doug Balliett.
Including a collaboration with fashion designer Bradon McDonald, producing "ready-to-wear fashion for the chamber stage!"Bradon McDonald Headshot(2in)

Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 pm     Tickets: $20
Greenwich House Music School, 2nd Floor, 46 Barrow Street (Between Bedford and Bleecker Streets), Manhattan

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EMFNYC_Logo 1 BW copyEarly Music Festival: NYC
June 13-19, 2014
We are thrilled to announce that the Early Music Festival: NYC is receiving $12,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the inaugural season! It is a great honor to add the NEA to the list of 16 ensembles and Gotham Early Music Scene who are all working in partnership to make this first festival a success. 
We hope you'll join us - most of the events are free to the public.  Please bring a friend or two and introduce them to some of the amazing music happening in our great city!  We continue to update the website:, and we hope you'll keep checking back to see the latest info.
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Jolle Greenleaf & Donald Meineke
Co-Directors of EMF: NYC
Midtown LogoMidtown Concerts
Thursdays at 1:15 pm
October 10, 2013 through June 12, 2014

Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
325 Park Avenue at 51st Street

Elena Zamolodchikova(3in)May 8: Elena Zamolodchikova, harpsichord
All Bach
A program featuring keyboard works by J. S. Bach. Elena Zamolodchikova, a native of Moscow, Russia, finished Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory's Historical and Contemporary Performance Department and Juilliard School's newly opened Historical Performance Department, holding degrees in harpsichord and other historical keyboard instruments performance.


Looking ahead:
November 14: New York Classical Quartet, String Quartets of Franz Joseph Haydn
     Violins, viola, cello
November 21: Corda Nuova, Pour la Gloire du Roi
     Violin, gamba, theorbo

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

Friday, May 2 at 8 pm - Opera Lafayette, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC
Wednesday, May 7 at 8 pm - Brooklyn Baroque & Friends, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, NYC
Sunday, May 11 at 4 pm - REBEL, Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford, NY
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 pm - The Sebastians, All Angels’ Church, NYC
Sunday, May 18 at 3 pm - The Saint Andrew Chorale and Orchestra, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, NYC

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