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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
November 1, 2012

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    ♦  Paul O'Dette
Cappella Pratensis
    ♦  Melodeon
    ♦  The New York
Baroque Dance Company
    ♦  Polyhymnia
    ♦  Soloists from the Clarion Music Society

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What's New at GEMS...

We hope everyone weathered the storm without serious incident... the GEMS office itself and all staff are fine, though Francesca (our Midtown Concerts manager) lost power at her home.

Because of power and travel interruptions due to the storm,
the following concerts have been CANCELLED:

• Choir of St. Luke in the Fields concert tonight
• Aula Harmoniae concert tomorrow evening

Looking ahead, we encourage all serious fans of classical music to take this opportunity to meet and hear Judy Tarling, who will be visiting us November 14 and 15.  Join us at a special "meet and greet" reception & light-hearted lecture, or attend her lecture at Juilliard.

Judy Tarling(2.8in)GEMS presents Judy Tarling
Wednesday, November 14
Private reception/lecture at 8 pm

Thursday, November 15
Lecture at Juilliard at 10 am

British performer, lecturer, and scholar Judy Tarling (L.R.A.M., Hon. A.R.A.M.) is one of the most respected figures in today's early music universe.  She was principal viola in the pioneering Hanover Band for 20 years, has written two classic books on historical performance and rhetoric, and has lectured, performed, and taught extensively.  

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) 2

As part of GEMS's Fifth Anniversary Celebrations, we are pleased to invite you to these two events:

"Coffee and cake" reception to meet and welcome Judy
with semi-humorous/semi-serious lecture by Judy on a surprise musical topic
Accompanied by voice and keyboard
Wednesday, November 14, 8 - 10 pm
Gracious private apartment in Manhattan; location provided with confirmation of reservation
$30 per person.  Limited space; reserve your place here
Copies of Judy's two books will be available for purchase

Lecture and demonstration/concert, "An Italian Recipe for Rhetoric"
Accompanied by professional string ensemble with harpsichord
Thursday, November 15, 10 - 11:30 am
Juilliard School, West 65th Street, ROOM 102
Tickets are FREE, but you must register here

Of Special Interest

It's hard to single out one or two concerts "of special interest" when there are so many good events coming up in the next few weeks, so be sure to check out all the listings below. 

Nell_Orig_Headshot(72dpi 2in)Sebastian_ZubietaWe would like to draw your attention, however, to the inaugural concert of a new series that GEMS is co-sponsoring with the Americas Society on Park Avenue-- GEMAS: Early Music of the Americas.  This new series is co-directed by celebrated soprano Nell Snaidas and Americas Society Music Director Sebastian ZubietaThe opening concert in the GEMAS series will be performed  by lutenist Paul O’Dette on Friday, November 9 at 7 pm.  This is a rare chance to hear one of early music's most influential figures for only $20 in a lovely, intimate setting.  The series has more exciting events planned for the spring and we hope you will come out to support this new project!

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 Event Listings
Claudio Monteverdi’s Madrigals of Love and War
Scott Metcalfe, guest musical director
In Monteverdi’s madrigal Book 8, he set texts by some of the greatest Renaissance and 17th-century poets in striking musical mini-dramas depicting the metaphorical combat between men and women on the battlefield that is love.

Saturday, November 3 at 7 pm     Tickets: $20-$50
Columbia University’s Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue at 118th Street, Manhattan

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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
Buy three tickets in one order and get a free CD!

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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Cappella PratensisMusic Before 1800 presents
Cappella Pratensis

Sounds of Salvation:
Music for a 15th-Century Bruges Merchant

Sunday, November 11 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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Music from Victorian America
Tschaikowsky and Charles Ives on the American Liszt organ, plus songs by Amy Beach and Charles T. Griffes
Artis Wodehouse, antique 1889 Liszt organ & modern piano
Lori McCann, soprano
George Spitzer, baritone

Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm     Tickets: $15-$20
Church of the Epiphany, York Avenue at East 74th Street, Manhattan

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Sarah Edgar_photo by Marc Lessler(4in)The New York Baroque Dance Company
Baroque Ball Potpourri
Baroque dance instruction, behind the scenes preview of 8 new works, and contredansing for all with NYBDC members.

Saturday, November 17, 7:30-10:30 pm    
Tickets: $15-$20

92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan

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Civilitas Musicae
Politically charged music of the Renaissance in honor of the American election year

Saturday, November 17 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
Pre-concert lecture at 7 pm

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

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Steven Fox_credit Kim FoxFive Boroughs Music Festival presents
Soloists from the Clarion Music Society

Rossi & Co.
Steven Fox, director
Sacred and secular works of Salamone Rossi, the Italian Jewish master of the late Renaissance/early Baroque, alongside works from the same era by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, and others

Monday, November 26 at 7:30 pm     Tickets: $15-$255BMF.logo.hor (260p 72dpi)
Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place (at 8th Avenue in Park Slope), Brooklyn

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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)

5 Nov-8 Sonia Lee(3in)November 8  - Sonia Lee, harpsichord
Harpsichord music of the Italian Baroque: Toccatas, Dances, and  Variations
A vivid and virtuosic program of harpsichord music by Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Works to be performed include toccatas by Frescobaldi and Pasquini, dance movements by Picchi, as well as variation works by Storace and A. Scarlatti.

6 Nov-15 GrenserTrio(4in)November 15 - Grenser Trio
Beethoven with a Twist: His Sextet for Three
In the second half of the eighteenth century, chamber music with a new instrument, the clarinet, began to appear in concerts and at amateur gatherings. With little repertoire in existence, clarinetists commissioned original music as well as transcriptions. The Grenser Trio pairs Bohemian composer J.B. Vanhal's third clarinet sonata with Beethoven's wind sextet arranged by A.F. Wustrow for trio.

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

October 26-November 11 - The Beggar's Opera, Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison, NY
CANCELLED Thursday, November 1 at 8 pm - Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, NYC
CANCELLED Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm - Aula Harmoniae, The Church of the Transfiguration, NYC
Friday, November 2 at 8 pm - Opera Lafayette, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC
Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm - REBEL, Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford, NY
Friday, December 14 at 8 pm - Canticum Novum, The Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, NYC
Friday, December 21 at 8 pm - The New York Virtuoso Singers, Carnegie Hall, 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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