Manhattan’s Weekly Series of FREE Early Music Concerts
The nineteenth 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.
All concerts are on Thursdays at 1:15pm until June 26, 2017 and are held at the Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan.
Time: Thursdays at 1:15 pm
Admission: Free, with suggested donation of $10
March Concerts (5):
Nina Stern, with Jeffrey Grossman & Stephanie Corwin
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Nina Stern and friends play an instrumental repertory from the Italian Baroque, including some of the earliest examples of the sonata by Giovanni Battista Fontana and Dario Castello, Corelli's famous Follia variations and the virtuosic trio in a minor for recorder, obbligato bassoon and basso continuo.
Nina Stern, recorders
Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord
Stephanie Corwin, bassoon
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
During the 18th-century, Britain experienced a rapid expansion in their influence throughout the globe. Join Broadwood Junction as they explore the ways that composers commemorated the exploits of a rising superpower. At times fervent, kitschy, and sentimental, these pieces capture the spirit of a nation.
Francis Liu, violin
Sarah Stone, cello
Patrick Jones, square piano
Sam Budish, percussion
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Galileo’s Daughters present a selection of pieces composed by women in seventeenth-century Italy.
Sarah Pillow, soprano; Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba; Special guest: Ronn McFarlane, lute
The Queens Consort
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Join the Queens Consort for a program featuring composers who lived and worked in Venice during its thriving artistic age in the 17th century.
Claire Smith Bermingham, Baroque Violin
Dan McCarthy, Baroque Violin
Margret Hjaltested, Baroque Viola
Anneke Schaul-Yoder, Baroque Cello
Aya Hamada, Harpsichord
Black Marble Duo
Opera for Two
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
In this program Black Marble, on two violins, bring Mozart’s Don Giovanni alive, alongside dramatic, opera-like instrumental music that conjures up images, scenes and stories by Jean-Marie Leclair, Emmanuelle Barbella, William Shield and Telemann.
Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins
About the Series: Gotham Early Music Scene presents the nineteenth 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. Free concerts are given each Thursday at 1:15 p.m. by professional early music ensembles and distinguished soloists in the Chapel of St. Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Avenue, Manhattan. The full schedule is available at www.midtownconcerts.org.
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.