Manhattan’s Weekly Series of FREE Early Music Concerts
The sixteenth annual series of FREE 40-minute concerts in midtown Manhattan continues. This season’s performers were chosen competitively by jury and are among the finest early music artists and ensembles from the New York area and beyond. The concerts are open to all—no tickets or reservations are necessary.
Time: Thursdays at 1:15 pm
Admission: Free, with suggested donation of $10
November Concerts (3):
A Medieval Mélange
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Concordian Dawn will play a mixture of medieval vocal music from the 12th-14th centuries, including monophonic plainsong and trouvère songs, as well as 2 and 3 voice motets and polyphonic secular songs.
Nicholas Tamagna, counter tenor
Christopher Preston Thompson, tenor and harp
Brian Mummert, baritone
The Broken Consort
Burgos, 1275: Time Travel to 13th c. Iberia
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
In this program, The Broken Consort fuses elements of early European polyphony, Sephardic tunes, and Arabo-Andalucian music into an exotic yet cohesive narrative by bridging the gap between manuscripts and oral traditions with careful research and imagination.
Emily Lau, voice and percussion, artistic director
Peter Walker, multiple-instrumentalist and voice
Camila Parias, voice
Brian Kay, oud, lute, and percussion
Niccolo Seligmann, vielle
Clare McNamara, voice
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Gretchen’s Muse, joined by internationally renowned cellist Beiliang Zhu performs selections from string quartets of Mozart and Haydn written for King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, himself an accomplished cellist. Both composers wrote a set of "Prussian" quartets--Mozart's featuring highly virtuosic and prominent cello parts; Haydn's with interesting and vital roles for all, though the cello parts are somewhat less soloistic. These quartets reflect a shift in quartet writing from its first-violin-centered beginnings towards a more egalitarian approach to the voices; a nod back to Baroque textures such as trio sonata and fugue.
Abigail Karr, violin
Vita Wallace, violin
Kyle Miller, viola
Beiliang Zhu, cello
About the Series:
Gotham Early Music Scene presents the sixteenth season of Midtown Concerts. This series sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th Century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle.
Midtown Concerts is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and our many generous private donors.