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Published 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month to over 6,500 subscribers. Naomi Morse, Editor
Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc., New York, New York
July 4, 2013

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      Sheep Island Ensemble
      4x4 Festival

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What's New at GEMS...

Happy Fourth of July!

Play of Daniel

Play of DanielThe tour of the GEMS production of "The Play of Daniel" last month was a success, playing to full  houses at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and the Connecticut Early Music Festival.   Reviews appeared in the Boston Classical Review and the Boston Musical Intelligencer.  We are grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Nina Fieldsteel and the Board of the Rockport Festival, and the board of the Connecticut Early Music Festival.

[Photo at Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College, by Brian Barnett]

End of the Fiscal Year

GEMS ended its fiscal year on June 30th, and the results are in (isn't computerized accounting wonderful?).  Our income totaled $506,000 (with $502,000 in expenses), which does not include $92,800 in ticket sales on behalf of client organizations in New York who use our online and box office ticket services.  We are very proud to have passed the half-million dollar mark in just our 6th year, and we thank all of you who support our work with your charitable contributions!

Of Special Interest

James blachlyIn special circumstances, GEMS is pleased to promote projects that may not be strictly “early music” but that involve many of the musicians in our community creating something of exceptional value.  We are therefore including a listing about a special concert to benefit the children of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, sponsored by the Sheep Island Ensemble.  Directed by James Blachly (composer, conductor, and son of noted choral conductor and Director of Pomerium, Alexander Blachly), the ensemble will be taking an "historically informed" approach linking Mahler's work with that of his predecessors.

Avi Stein(3in) 3Avi Stein's celebrated 4x4 Baroque Festival of four concerts featuring many of the finest musicians active in New York's early music scene returns on July 30.  Note that the series is starting earlier this year!  Admission is free (though a donation of $20 is suggested and greatly appreciated).  Concerts are held in the air-conditioned, acoustically superb sanctuary at Saint Peter's Church on Lex and 54th.
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 Event Listings  
The Sheep Island Ensemble
The New York City Summer Mahler Project
SummerMahlerProjectThe Sheep Island Ensemble and the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation co-present the New York City Summer Mahler Project in a performance of Mahler's Blumine movement (originally included in his First Symphony), Wagner's Overture to Rienzi, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," to benefit the Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward.

Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 PM    Tickets: $10-$50
St. Bartholomew's Church, 51st Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan

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4x4 Festival
4 Concerts of Baroque Music
x4x4 Baroque Festival_2010-08-27_IMG_1093_webThe 4X4 Festival presents concerts of baroque music showcasing works by well-known composers such as J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel and Henry Purcell while shedding light on some of their unjustly neglected contemporaries. Participating musicians include the violinist Robert Mealy, soprano Jolle Greenleaf, and many of New York’s finest musicians of this repertoire. The project is directed by Avi Stein who teaches at the Juilliard School, Yale University and the Longy School and is the director of music at St. Matthew & St.Timothy Church, and the music director of OperaOmnia.

All concerts Free Admission with a suggested donation of $20
Tuesday July 30th, 7 pm – Concerto a 5   
Wednesday, July 31st, 7 pm – “Sonata, What do you want of me?”
Friday, August 2nd, 7 pm – Handel’s Apollo and Daphne
Saturday August 3rd, 7 pm – Bach and Before

Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, 54th Street and Lexington, Manhattan

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Requests from the Community

Harpsichord donation or loan wanted

The Colonials, a mixed-period ensemble, is looking for a harpsichord donation or loan. They are a new group with a low budget but many exciting ideas. The instrument would be lovingly cared for in a member's home and used regularly for rehearsals and concerts in the City.You can find out more about them at

Please contact Kristina Giles at 440-506-9891 or

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Midtown Concerts logoMidtown Concerts
We are pleased to announce that St. Bartholomew's Church and the affiliated Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation have generously made the Chapel at St. Bart's available to Midtown Concerts at no charge.  The 16th season of the weekly series of free concerts is set to begin on October 10th.  St. Bartholomew's Church is located on Park Avenue at 51st Street.. We are currently working on the season lineup (59 ensembles applied to appear in the 32 available time slots).  The schedule will be posted on the Midtown Concerts website by the end of July, and we will be mailing the season brochure in August.   Monthly announcements and reminders will appear in this newsletter.

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