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
May Concerts (4):
The Consorts of William White and his Contemporaries
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
William White is one of the least well-known composers in Jacobean England. He is believed to be a contemporary of Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Ford, Coprario, etc. His fantasies are characterized by a brilliant ability to pair two instruments together in featured sections and weaving a tasteful and spirited tapestry of melody throughout.
Judson Griffin, baroque violin
Małgorzata Ziemnicka, baroque violin
Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba
Carlene Stober, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Diderot String Quartet
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Join Diderot String Quartet for an afternoon of Mozartean delight! This program features selections from KV 387 and KV 575, two sunny pieces that are among Mozart's most famous and beloved quartets.
Adriane Post, violin
Johanna Novom, violin
Kyle Miller, viola
Paul Dwyer, cello
Love to my Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Reconstructing the mystical love songs created by the trouvères of Northern France from Medieval manuscripts, Alkemie presents a program of mystical meditations on love and longing, bringing new life to an art form with strong oral and improvisatory traditions.
Elena Mullins, soprano & percussion
Sian Ricketts, soprano & recorders
Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano & percussion
David McCormick, vielle
Niccolo Seligmann, vielle & percussion
The Lyra Consort
Rare Jewels of the French Baroque pt. 2
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Lyra Consort continues its exploration of rare jewels of French baroque, highlighting the pardessus de viole in a brand new program of lyra viol solos, sonatas, pardessus duos and trio sonatas, by Leclair, Dubuisson, Blavet, de la Guerre, and Corelli.
Vita Wallace, violin
Beverly Au, pardessus de viole
Lisa Terry, basse de viole
with Rosamund Morley, pardessus de viole
Deborah Fox, theorbe
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.