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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
March 7, 2013

In This Issue

  What's New

  Of Special Interest

  Event Listings
      Clarion Music Society

      Repast Baroque Ensemble
      Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
    ♦  Glen Velez
East of the River
    ♦  Saint Andrew Chorale & Orchestra
    ♦  Trinity Choir & Baroque Orchestra
    ♦  TENEbrae

♦  Midtown Concerts

  Other events

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2013_2_Nina with Peter and Mandela in BurundiS'Cool Sounds in East Africa
Nina Stern, the Artistic Director of our education program S'Cool Sounds, just recently returned from a fabulous trip to East Africa.  This was her third trip to the region, and in addition to returning to the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, she also traveled to Kigutu, Burundi to work in collaboration with Village Health Works.  As a culmination of her trip to Burundi, Nina and her students performed in a gala concert which was attended by the U.S. ambassador, the representative of the U.N. to Burundi, and a representative of UNICEF, all of whom were visibly impressed and moved by the concert.  On her return to Nairobi, she was overjoyed to find the teachers that she had trained last year were making great progress with a number of young students.  She is already making plans to return within the next year to continue her work in both countries.  You can see more photos and read about her travels on the S'Cool Sounds Facebook page and in her latest newsletter.  And, if you're a member of Facebook, please "like" the page to receive updates about her program.

Challenge grants matched!
Both GEMS and S'Cool Sounds recently received matching grants for $10,000-- GEMS from an anonymous donor through the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and S'Cool Sounds from the Freygish Foundation.  We are pleased to announce that both campaigns have met their goals, and we will post the list of donors soon!  THANK YOU to everyone who donated; we couldn't do this work without you. There are still many good projects needing support, so you can join your fellow enthusiasts by making a donation today.
Of Special Interest

There are two upcoming concerts for fans of early/world music: Music Before 1800 is launching it's second annual Hell's Kitchen series on March 14 with a concert by virtuoso percussionist Glen Velez.  Listen to some of his amazing work and watch videos on his website.  And, the Five Boroughs Music Festival presents East of the River on March 16, performing their program Levantera, which explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertoires of the Balkans, Armenia and the Middle East, as well as gems of the Medieval European classical repertory.

There are also two opportunities to hear Bach's St. Matthew Passion later this month.  One by the Saint Andrew Chorale and Orchestra, performing at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the other by the Grammy-nominated® Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

And, the TENEbrae series continues this month at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church (March 8) and at Trinity Church (March 10, 17, 27) with works by Gesualdo, Charpentier, and Victoria.

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 Event Listings
Clarion_Masked Ball 2013Clarion Music Society
Masked Ball
Join Clarion at the elegant Cosmopolitan Club for a full evening of cocktails, Clarion performances, dinner, and Baroque dancing led by members of the Balam Dance Theatre.
David Daniels, countertenor and honoree
Steven Fox, artistic director

Friday, March 8       Admission: $175-$300
7 pm Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres, 8 pm Dinner & Program

The Cosmopolitan Club, 122 East 66th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, Manhattan

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Repast 2(72dpi x 3.5in)Bargemusic's There and Then Series presents
Repast Baroque Ensemble
Music For Several Friends
Intimate chamber music for violin, viola da gamba and theorbo including works by Matthew Locke, Purcell, Corelli, Matteis, and Marais.

Saturday, March 9 at 8 pm     Tickets: $15-$35
Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn

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St. Luke choir-garden_2012(4.5in)Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
Georg Phillip Telemann: St. Luke Passion (1748)
David Shuler, director
Mark Bleeke, evangelist

Thursday, March 14 at 8 pm     Tickets: $25-$35
Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Raymond Erickson at 7 pm

Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street (one block south of Christopher Street), Manhattan

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Glen Velez_Photo by Steve Hockstein(4in)MB1800 Hell’s Kitchen presents
Glen Velez, percussion virtuoso

Frame drum solos accompanied by drum language vocalizations and overtone singing

Thursday, March 14 at 8 pm     Tickets: $25
$10 student rush tickets at the door

The DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, Manhattan

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East of the River_sitting(72dpi 4in)Five Boroughs Music Festival, in conjunction with Flushing Town Hall presents
East of the River


Saturday, March 16 at 3 pm     Tickets: $15-$25
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens

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St. Andrew Choral and Orchestra_DSC(72dpi 5in)Saint Andrew Chorale and Orchestra
with the New York City Children’s Chorus

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Andrew Henderson, conductor

Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm     Tickets: $20-$25 (children 12 & under free)
Followed by a post-concert reception
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue (at East 73rd Street), Manhattan

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Julian Wachner_conducting(4in) 2Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion
The Grammy-nominated® Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Julian Wachner. With its multiple layers of mystical and theological symbolism, the St. Matthew is considered one of the most monumental and ambitious musical works of the Western tradition.

Sunday, March 24 at 5 pm     Tickets: $40-$60
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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TENET joins forces with Trinity Wall Street to present impassioned early music during Lent, the season of darkness and self-reflection. The series is named after the somber Tenebrae service that marks the time just before the transition to light and takes place during Holy Week.
Jolle Greenleaf, TENET artistic director
Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts, Trinity Wall Street

See below for additional TENEbrae concerts

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Lamentations of Jeremiah
Performed within the context of the Office of Tenebrae worship service
Wednesday, March 27 at 6 pm
Tickets: Free (performed within the context of a worship service)

Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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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)

A heads up! Because of Holy Week events at Saint Peter's, the concert on March 28 will occur at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue.

22 Mar-14 Bacchanalia Baroque(3in)March 14 - Bacchanalia Baroque
English and American music of the 18th Century
Laura Thompson, traverso
Louise Schulman, viola
Myron Lutzke, violoncello
Bacchanalia Baroque presents a sonata by Flemish expat Joseph Gehot, who arrived in New York in 1792 with his Six Trios in hand.  The program also includes two songs for solo flute by American flute maker and printer Edward Riley and a flute sonata by their English contemporary, the blind organist John Stanley.

23 Mar-21 NYBI(3.5in)March 21
New York Baroque Incorporated
Groove Theory: A Folk Journey with Monica Huggett
String ensemble, with percussion
NYBI will explore the styles of jazz, rock, and folk in the music of Vivaldi (violin concerto “Il Favorito”), Telemann (Ouverture-Suite “Burlesque de Quixotte”) and Muffat (Armonico tributo Sonata No. 2). The program also features Groove Theory, a concerto written for eminent baroque violinist Monica Huggett by jazz violinist Hollis Taylor. The composition features a fusion of jazz, rock, blues, and folk styles, all written idiomatically for Baroque stringed instruments with percussion, recontextualizing both the sonorities of the Baroque orchestra and the 20th century idioms, taking the listener on an extraordinary cultural journey.

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

Friday, March 8 at 8 pm - TENEbrae: Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, NYC
Saturday, March 9 at 8 pm - Polyhymnia, St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, NYC
Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm - New Utrecht Ensemble, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn
Sunday, March 10 at 5 pm - TENEbrae: Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, Trinity Church, NYC
Monday, March 11 at 7:30 pm - Bach Collegium Japan & Yale Schola Cantorum, Saint Thomas Church, NYC
Application deadline: March 16, Workshop: Saturday, April 27, 9 am - 5 pm, Go for Baroque Workshop, Park Avenue Christian Church, NYC
Sunday, March 17 at 5 pm - TENEbrae: Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Leçons de Ténèbres pour Vendredi, Trinity Church, NYC
Saturday, May 18 at 8 pm - Canticum Novum, The Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, NYC

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