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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 15, 2012

In This Issue

  What's New

  Of Special Interest

  Event Listings
Canby Singers
    ♦  The Shakespeare Society
      Clarion Music Society
    ♦  SIREN Baroque
    ♦  TENET
    ♦  Tallis Scholars
    ♦  L'Orchestre des Portes Rouges
    ♦  Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
    ♦  New York Virtuoso Singers
    ♦  Angelica
    ♦  Trinity Choir
    ♦  New York Baroque Incorporated
    ♦  New York Consort of Viols
    ♦  Alla Francesca
    ♦  Pipes of Christmas
    ♦  Canticum Novum
    ♦  Pomerium

♦  Midtown Concerts

  Other events

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Chaconne_2012-10-04_K20D0415-Patricia Beam_poised on one foot_web_photo by Marilyn Nichols(2in)Video clips from the October 4th "The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne" performance are up on YouTube!  Relive the moments if you were at the concert, and see what you missed if you were unable to attend. Watch the Passacaille d'Armide and Chaconne de Galatee.  Enjoy!

Do you have a harpsichord or fortepiano that you want to be played?
Anthony Albrecht, a cello student at Juilliard, contacted us with the following proposal:
"I've just moved into a grand old townhouse in Washington Heights and there is plenty of room for a harpsichord or fortepiano. We would love to find someone who is willing to loan us their instrument or needs somewhere to store one! We can guarantee that it would be treated with the upmost respect, kept in a stable climate, tuned regularly by Juilliard continuo students and used for practise, rehearsals and concerts in our parlor! In return, the lucky patron would receive regular invitations to come and hear us play and possibly a few free lessons!"

If you have an instrument or know of someone who does, contact Anthony directly at

'Tis the SeasonTarling_Weapons of Rhetoric_cover(3in)
The holidays are coming right up... have a browse around our online CD store, give your friends and family the gift of music, and support the arts all at once!  NEWS FLASH:  We are now stocking Judy Tarling's two books considered indispensible for anyone interested in historical performance: Baroque String Playing “for ingenious learners” and the ground-breaking Weapons of Rhetoric, a guide for musicians and audiences. Early Music America Magazine wrote that “Weapons of Rhetoric may well be the most useful and intriguing book on Baroque performance practice ever written.”  Following Ms. Tarling's two presentations this week, we've sold out of the Weapons of Rhetoric, and are ordering more for delivery within a couple of weeks.
Of Special Interest

The holiday concert season is upon us with a cornucopia of talent.  Enjoy!

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 Event Listings
Picasso_Les Amoureux 1923_National GalleryThe Canby Singers
Sheila Schonbrun, director

Amour, Liebe, Amore
Love songs in three languages from the Renaissance (including Josquin, Monteverdi, and Gesualdo) as well as Haydn and Brahms.

Saturday, November 17 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$20
post-concert reception to follow
Church of St. Joseph, 371 6th Avenue (between Waverly Pl. and Washington Pl.), Manhattan

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Grant Herreid_2012The Shakespeare Society presents
The Concord of Sweet Sounds

An evening exploring the metaphor and role of music in Shakespeare's work and world
John Douglas Thompson (OBIE winner), actor
Grant Herreid, musician

Monday, November 19 at 7 pm     Tickets: Free-$35
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members and
$25 for readers of Notes of the Scene with discount code: BARD

The Kaye Playhouse, East 68th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, Manhattan

Click here for full details or call (212) 772-4448
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

Click here for full details or call 646-504-0545
SIRENGROUP_photos by Meghan Hickey(72dpi x 4in)SIREN Baroque
Venice Connection

Friday, November 30 at 8 pm    
Tickets: $20 suggested donation

2nd Presbyterian Church, 6 West 96th Street, Manhattan

Sunday, December 2 at 2 pm    
Tickets: $20 suggested donation

Church of St. Stephen and St. Martin Episcopal Church, 809 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

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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

Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm    
Tickets: $30-$50

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

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Tallis Scholars_St MarysMiller Theatre at Columbia University presents
The Tallis Scholars

Masterpieces for Double Choir
A seasonal program featuring settings of the Magnificat and works by Tallis, Praetorius, Pärt, and Lassus

Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm     Tickets: $24-$45
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Manhattan

Click here for full details or call 212-854-7799
L'Orchestre des Portes Rouges(3in)L'Orchestre des Portes Rouges
The Little Orchestra with Big Surprises
Featuring Georg Philipp Telemann's Triple Horn Concerto in D major, likely a NYC premiere. Another rarely heard piece is the Flute Concerto in G major, H.445, of CPE Bach.

Tuesday, December 4 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
Church of the Resurrection, 119 East 74th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, Manhattan

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St. Luke Choir in garden 2011smallChoir of St. Luke in the Fields
Puer Natus Est: A Royal Christmas in Tudor England
Featuring Thomas Tallis’s seven-part Missa Puer natus est

Thursday, December 6 at 8 pm     Tickets: $25-$35
Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Antoni Pizà at 7 pm

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

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NYVirtuosoSingers_Dec7promo(4in)New York Virtuoso Singers
Twelfth Night: Renaissance Christmas Music
Works by Marenzio, Sweelinck, Des Prez, Senfl, Costeley, Morales, Praetorius, Monteverdi, Pygott, Vaet and Castro

Friday, December 7 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 552 West End Avenue at West 87th Street, Manhattan

Click here for full details or call 914-763-3453
AngelicaFall2012(4.5in)Angelica, a women’s chamber choir
Cantando Gloria
Medieval, renaissance, and contemporary Yuletide selections

Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm    
Tickets: $10-$20 suggested donation

The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at East 66th Street, Manhattan

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11_12_19_Messiah_Lincoln_Center_REDDY-136(72dpi 4in)Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra
George Frideric Handel's Messiah
Julian Wachner, conductor

Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm    Tickets: $45-$85
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street Manhattan

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

Click here for Trinity Church Tickets   
Click here for Lincoln Center tickets
NY Baroque Inc_closeup(4in)New York Baroque Incorporated
The Big Bang
A baroque exploration of the creation of the world with musical depictions of chaos, the aquatic world, animals, storms, and human love.

Sunday, December 9 at 7 pm     Tickets: $5-$10
The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street), Brooklyn, NY

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Valencia graphicNew York Consort of Viols
The Road from Valencia
Conceived and Directed by Judith Davidoff
with John Genke, actor and Sheila Schonbrun, voice
Back by popular demand!

Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 pm     Tickets: $15-20
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, Manhattan

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Alla Francesca_credit Alain Genuys(4in)The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents
Alla Francesca

Thibaut de Champagne & le manuscript du roi
A program centering on the work of Thibaut de Champagne, one of the great lyric poets of the thirteenth century.

Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Tickets: $60 (30 and under at the door: $15)

The Medieval Sculpture Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan

Click here for full details or call 212-570-3949
Pipes of Christmas
The music of the Season performed on pipes, drums, harp, fiddle, organ, and brass. Selections accompanied by readings taken from the Celtic literature of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Proceeds from the concerts support a music scholarship programPipes of Christmas_photo by Warren Westura(4in)

Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm    
Tickets: $60-$150

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

Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm     Tickets: $50-$150
Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple Street, Summit, NJ

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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)

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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

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)

No Concert on November 22 (Thanksgiving)
7 Nov-29 La Tour 2012 (6) (2)_72dpi 2in)
November 29 - La Tour Baroque Duo
The Scotch Humor
Tim Blackmore, recorders
Michael Cardin, theorbo
With the restoration of the Stuarts to the English throne in 1660 there began a vogue for Scottish music, and by 1730 Scottish fiddle tunes and  songs were being set to figured bass in an art-music style. ‘The Scotch Humor’ is  a delightful program of sonatas and  variations on Scottish airs by lesser-known Scottish composers James Oswald, Charles McLean, Alexander Munro and William McGibbon as well  as by Francesco Geminiani and Francesco Maria Veracini.  Watch a video!

8 Dec-6 Sonnambula_Press Photo(72dpi 4in)December 6 - Sonnambula
Armada:Renaissance Music from England and Spain
Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba
James Kennerley, tenor
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
Elizabeth Weinfeld, viola da gamba
In the 16th century, Spain reached the pinnacle of its influence and power, now known as the Siglo de Oro, or Spanish Golden Age. Similar traditions in England would result in a repertoire that remains today the essence of Renaissance consort music. The program will feature intimate Canciones (popular tunes with poetic texts), joyful Villancicos (songs with rustic themes), and courtly English consort songs that together represent two distinctive “Golden Ages” of cultural flourishing.

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

Saturday, November 17, 7:30-10:30 pm - The New York Baroque Dance Company, 92nd Street Y, NYC
Saturday, November 17 at 8 pm - Polyhymnia, St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, NYC
Friday, December 21 at 8 pm - The New York Virtuoso Singers, Carnegie Hall, NYC
December 26-January 6 - Trinity Twelfth Night Festival, Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, 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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