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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
October 18, 2012

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  Event Listings
      The Beggar's Opera
    ♦  Europa Galante
Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
    ♦  Aula Harmoniae
    ♦  Opera Lafayette
    ♦  Parthenia
    ♦  Paul O'Dette
    ♦  REBEL
The New York Virtuoso Singers

♦  Midtown Concerts

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Judy Tarling coming to New York on November 15Judy Tarling

You may not have heard of British performer, lecturer, and scholar Judy Tarling (L.R.A.M., Hon. A.R.A.M.) unless you're a professional musician, actor, or fan of the Hanover Band where she was principal viola for 20 years... she is one of the world's leading experts on musical style and on rhetoric in general.  But you'll never forget her once you hear her speak. 

Her lecture at Juilliard two years ago was attended by many of the City's foremost performers and teachers of music and drama, several of whom brought along their well-thumbed copy of Judy's book, The Weapons of Rhetoric: a guide for musicians and audiences, for signing by the author.

GEM_5th_logo_parchment_background (72dpi_cropped_1.5in)As part of GEMS's Fifth Anniversary Celebrations, we have invited Judy to return for a series of lectures and demonstrations.  On Thursday, November 15 we are proud to join with Juilliard to sponsor presentations by Ms. Tarling during the afternoon and evening.  For those of you in Connecticut, arrangements are now being made for her to speak at Yale on Wednesday, November 14.  She's booked at Harvard on the 13th.  Exact details are being arranged now; space for these invitation-only events will be limited. So mark your calendars, save the date(s), and watch the GEMS website and this newsletter for details!
Of Special Interest

In the next few weeks, you have the special opportunity to experience two early music theater productions.  ARTEK performs their fully-staged dramatization of several of Claudio Monteverdi's madrigals at the Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair, NJ on October 20. The lush music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries is re-imagined as a theater piece staged by Martin Platt, founding artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. A group of Italian refugees expresses the comedy of love and the despair of betrayal in a series of vignettes performed by six singers and five instrumentalists. I’ll Never See the Stars Again proves that, in life, the journey is just as important as the destination. This production has been re-imagined by new Stage Director Paul Peers, who said in a recent interview "You see the suitcases of these immigrants, and these suitcases hold each one's life in them, such as memories, secrets, and a bit of magic! I ... wanted to keep the vintage 1940's period of the Italian immigrants through the entire piece, as well as having clear narrative arcs in each vignette." 

Philipstown Depot Theatre presents The Beggar's Opera in Garrison, NY (steps away from the Metro-North station) from October 26-November 11.  "The world’s first mega-hit musical," John Gay's 1728 creation gave way to many modern-day adaptations including Brecht and Weill's Three Penny Opera and a film starring Lawrence Olivier.  See the story in its original form complete with an orchestra of period instrument players.

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 Event Listings
ARTEK_Stars photoPeak Performances presents

I'll Never See the Stars Again
A fully-staged dramatization of Monteverdi madrigals

Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15
Alexander Kasser Theater, 22 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Click here for full details or call 973-655-5112

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Beggars Opera_IMG_6504(4in)Philipstown Depot Theatre presents
The Beggar's Opera

Gabriela Mikova (Polly), Nathan Smith (Macheath) and Lisa Sabin (Lucy) with an orchestra of period instrument musicians featuring many of NYC's top players

12 performances from October 26-November 11
Tickets: $20-$75

Philipstown Depot Theatre, 10 Garrison Landing, Garrison, NY

Click here for an article about the orchestra

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MB1800_Europa Galante_Venaria(72dpi x 3.5in)Music Before 1800 presents
Europa Galante

Apotheosis & Folia

Sunday, October 28 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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StLukeChoir in garden 2011small 2Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
Heinrich Schütz - Opus Ultimum:  Der Schwanengesang
David Shuler, director
with Sonnambula Viol Consort, sacbuts, cornett and organ

Thursday, November 1 at 8 pm     Tickets: $25-$35
Lecture with Dr. Orly Krasner at 7 pm

Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street (just below Christopher Street), Manhattan

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Aula Harmoniae Main_credit Rod Goodman(72dpi 3.5in)Soo Yeon Kim(72dpi 2in)Aula Harmoniae
Pleasures of the Late Late Baroque:
France, Germany & Spain

Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15-$25

The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street (between 5th & Madison Avenues), Manhattan

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Opera Lafayette_voyage(3in)Opera Lafayette
L'Invitation au Voyage
Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano
Susan Manof, piano
Ryan Brown, violin
Colin St. Martin, flute
Loretta O'Sullivan, violoncello
Andrew Appel, harpsichord
Scott Pauley, theorbo
Works by Le Camus, Charpentier, Lambert, de la Guerre, Campra, Faure, Duparc and Debussy

Friday, November 2 at 8 pm     Tickets: $25-$50
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue (at 57th Street)

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Parthenia_2011_199_credit Wegman(3in)Ryland Angel(1.5in)DONGSOK SHIN (photo credit.HowardGoodman)2inParthenia
The Flaming Fire: Royal Music from the Tudor and Stuart Courts
Ryland Angel, countertenor
Dongsok Shin, virginal

Sunday, November 4 at 4 pm
Tickets: $10-$40

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

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PaulO'Dette snapshot(4.7in)GEMAS presents
Paul O’Dette, guitar and lute

¡Jacaras! 18th-century Guitar Music from Brazil
The inaugural concert of the new "GEMAS: Early Music of the Americas" concert series, a collaboration between GEMS and the Americas Society, co-directed by Nell Snaidas and Sebastian Zubieta.

This concert has been designated an event in Carnegie Hall's “Voices from Latin America” series

Friday, November 9 at 7 pm     Tickets: $20
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at East 68th Street, Manhattan

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Rebel _photo by Howard GoodmanREBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music
Les Barricades Mystérieuses: Music & Poetry of EnigmaCaprice duo photo(72dpi 3in)
with Paul Hecht, narrator;
Matthias Maute & Sophie Larivière, recorders; Nina Stern, chalumeau & recorder; Ed Matthew, chalumeau
Only New York-area performance

Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm     Tickets: $5-$35
Subscriptions for REBEL's Bedford series also on sale
Meet-the-artists reception to follow concert
Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green (Rt.22/Rt.172), Bedford, NY

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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
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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)

3 Oct-25 Dongsok Shin(2.5in)October 25 - Dongsok Shin, fortepiano
Mozart Recital
Dongsok Shin will present two works by Mozart played on a reproduction of the composer's own fortepiano, built by eminent American maker, Philip Belt.  Mozart is known to have owned an unsigned five-octave piano made by Anton Walter.  He is thought to have acquired it around 1782-83.  Past that, little is known.  Mozart probably bought a used piano, and it may have been made in the 1770s. Many feel the piano as it exists now does not represent what Mozart played (did the kneelever it has now exist during Mozart's lifetime?), though Mr. Shin disagrees.  The works on the program are the Sonata in F Major, KV 332, and the Fantasia in C minor, KV 475.

4 Nov-1 PHOENIXTAIL1(72dpi 4in)November 1 - PHOENIXtail
Ayres and Sonatas of England
Beth Wenstram, violin
Priscilla  Smith, oboe & recorders
Ezra Seltzer, violoncello
Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord
Eighteenth-century England was a strange mixing pot: composers like William Boyce and Henry Purcell modeled themselves on the Italians, while Italians living in their midst like Nicola Matteis were themselves influenced by the English harmonies and tunes around them.

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

Sunday, October 21 at 8 pm - The Genzinger String Quartet, The Players Theatre, NYC
Friday, October 26 at 8 pm - Repast Baroque Ensemble, Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC
Sunday, October 28 at 5 pm - John Holloway, violin; Jane Gower, dulcian; and Lars Ulrich
     Mortensen, harpsichord
, The Frick Collection, NYC
Friday, December 14 at 8 pm - Canticum Novum, The Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, NYC
Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 pm - Parthenia with Julianne Baird, Trinity Church, NYC
Saturday, December 29 at 3 pm - A Christmas Concert for all Ages with Sinfonia New York, Trinity 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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