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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
November 21, 2013

In This Issue

  What's New

  Of Special Interest

  Event Listings
      The Western Wind
      Opera Feroce
Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
    ♦  The Sebastians
    ♦  Trinity Wall Street Choir and Orchestra
My Lord Chamberlain's Consort
    ♦  Angelica, Women’s Chamber Choir
      New Vintage Baroque
    ♦  TENET
East of the River
    ♦  Pomerium
    ♦  The Play of Daniel

♦  Midtown Concerts

  Other events

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 Midtown Logo A hearty, musical "thank you!" to The Reed Foundation for the generous grant to the Midtown Concert series held at Saint Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue. The FREE concerts are held every Thursday at 1:15pm and feature both established and emerging early music ensembles.

World of the Harpsichord
WOTH_photo scan 1We just received some beautiful photographs from harpsichordist Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, director of the "World of the Harpsichord," a summer music program in Washington Heights.  Also employing noted teachers/virtuosi Lisa Terry (viola da gamba) and  Nina Stern (recorders and director of GEMS' S'Cool Sounds education program), Alexandra's program introduces young children to music and improvisation using historical instruments.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, S'Cool Sounds was able to underwrite full tuition scholarships for 10 children from the neighborhood.WOTH_photo scan 2

Building on the success of the summer program, World of the Harpsichord is planning a week-long session during the public school break this February.  The programs are held at the Holy Rood Church, which also hosts an extensive daily after-school program for neighborhood children.  It too has a large musical component in addition to other activities in the arts and academics.  Loraine Enlow, the conductor of the Washington Heights Choir School, is the energetic director.  Nina Stern and S'Cool Sounds participate as well, with support from GEMS and the S'Cool Sounds donors.

By the way, the young men at the harpsichord in the pictures are not just fooling around.  Alexandra often has them stand at the keyboard as they're learning.  The young fellow at the right holding his peers' rapt attention is actually performing a piece by none other than C.P.E. Bach.  Watch out, Justin Bieber!
Of Special Interest

Coming up right away on November 30th is the appearance of The Western Wind at Bargemusic.  All of us interested in early music appreciate Bargemusic's Artistic Director Mark Peskanov's dedication to the genre at the Barge with his "There and Then" series.  The venerable Western Wind ensemble devotes itself to two of the holidays in the season to honor the special occasion where Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah coincide.  The last time this occurred was in 1899 and it will never happen again projecting to the year 9999!  Join them for an unusual program in a unique venue, including traditional graces and hymns, a selection of Chanukah songs, and music by William Billings, Salamone Rossi, Heinrich Schutz, and Elliot Z. Levine.

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 Event Listings
Western Wind 2011_bricks(6in)Bargemusic's There and Then Series presents
The Western Wind

Blessings and Miracles:
Music for Thanksgiving and Chanukkah

Music honoring both holidays with traditional graces and hymns, a selection of Chanukkah songs, and works by William Billings, Salamone Rossi, Heinrich Schutz, and Elliot Z. Levine.

Saturday, November 30 at 7 pm     Tickets: $15-$35
Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, near the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn

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Magdalen between Two Angles_Reni crop(4in)Opera Feroce
Magdalene's Dilemma and A Ceremony of Carols
Music by Giovanni Bononcini and Benjamin Britten

Sunday, December 1 at 2:30 pm    
Admission: Free will donation

with actor Paul Hecht
St. Stephens and St. Martins Church, 908 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn

Friday, December 6 at 8 pm     Tickets: $10-$15
with Sarah Biber, cello
Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 125-131 Henry Street, Brooklyn

Monday, December 16 at 8 pm     Tickets: $10-$15
The Chapel at Grace House, 218 W. 108th Street, 2nd Fl., Manhattan

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St. Luke choirgarden2012(4 in)Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
with an ensemble of period instruments

A Baroque Christmas in Rome
David Shuler, director

Thursday, December 5 at 8 pm     Tickets: $25-$35
Lecture at 7 pm by Dr. Raymond Erickson

Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, just south of Christopher Street, Manhattan

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Sebastian Chamber Players(4in)The Sebastians
Christmas in Rome
A seasonal tribute featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and other works by Biber, Schmelzer, and Handel

Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm     Tickets: $10-$15
All Angels’ Church, 251 W. 80th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue), Manhattan

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12_12_12_Messiah_Lincoln_Center_REDDY-171-2The GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah
Julian Wachner, conductor

Saturday, December 7 at 7 pm     Tickets: $95, $75, $45
Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm

Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm     Tickets: $90, $70, $50
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan

Take $5 off any ticket using the code GEMSMESSIAH5.

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My Lord Chamberlain's Consort_2013 (4in)Music on Madison! presents
My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort

A Renaissance Christmas
Four centuries of seasonal music from Europe, including a 15th-century Magnificat; works by Antony Holborne, Henry Lawes, and Michael Praetorius; and excerpts from Playford’s Dancing Master.

Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm     Tickets: $15-$20
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street, Manhattan

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Angelica_Fall2013(4.5in)Angelica, Women’s Chamber Choir
In Merry Measure: Songs of the Season
Selections from the Play of Daniel, Carmina Burana, Yuletide pieces from the medieval and renaissance periods, and contemporary works.
with guests Rex Benincasa, percussion &
Jerry Celestino, guitar and lute

Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm    
Tickets: $10-$20 suggested donation

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

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New Vintage Baroque(6in)Play Loud! Chamber Music Festival presents
New Vintage Baroque
The Greatest Hits and Exploits of Don Quixote
A look at the cosmopolitan legacy of Don Quixote, performing works by composers from France, Germany, Italy, and of course, Spain.

Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm     Tickets: $15-$20
Insituto Cervantes New York, 211 E. 49th Street at 3rd Avenue, Manhattan

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TENET_Dark Horse Consort(72dpi 6in)TENET with Dark Horse Consort &
Bach Collegium San Diego

Praetorius: In Dulci Jubilo
Including many beloved works by Michael Praetorius and features rarely heard gems by some of his contemporaries including Hammerschmidt, Rosenmüller, Schütz, Scheidt, and Schmelzer.

Saturday, December 14 at 7 pm     Tickets: $20-$50
Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street, Manhattan

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East of the River_darkness photo(3in)Peak Performances presents
East of the River

Darkness is Your Candle
With a focus on the winter solstice, family, and new beginnings, the program explores music of the Mediterranean, Balkans, Armenia, and the Middle East, presenting the earliest songs of those extraordinary cultures.

Saturday, December 21 at 8 pm     Tickets: $20
Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, Valley Rd. and Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ

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Creator of the Stars: Christmas Music from the Old World
Solemn and joyful chants and their polyphonic elaborations from the Renaissance
Alexander Blachly, director

Sunday, December 22 at 5 pm     Tickets: $25
All Souls Unitarian Church, East 80th Street at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

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Daniel_Angel taming lions_photo by Gene Murrow_low-resThe Play of Daniel
Mary Anne Ballard, Music Director
Drew Minter, Stage Director

12th-century, fully-staged and costumed proto-opera, acclaimed by The New York Times as "a charming production of this austerely beautiful work".

Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3 pm
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 3 pm
     Tickets: $20-$60
Trinity Wall Street Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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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

November 28: NO CONCERT
Happy Thanksgiving!
Black Marble(2.5)
December 5: Black Marble
À la Musette: French & Italian Baroque Music for Two Violins Without Bass
Jörg­-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins

The musette, a small French bagpipe popular in the 17th- & 18th-centuries, is characterized in a program featuring works by the Italianate Frenchman, Jean-Marie Leclair, the Italians Emanuele Barbella and Pietro Locatelli, and the obscure French composer, Clair-Nicolas Roget.

Looking ahead:
December 12: My Lord Chaimberlain's Consort, A Renaissance Christmas
     Voices, lute, recorder, viol, vielle, citern, harp
December 19: Vox Fidelis, Renaissance Christmas Music of the Old Tradition

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

Friday, November 22 at 6 pm - The Trinity Youth Chorus, Trinity Wall Street Church, NYC
Friday, November 22 at 7 pm - TENET & The Sebastians, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, NYC

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