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.
All concerts are on Thursdays at 1:15 pm. The concerts last 30-40 minutes.
Admission: Free, with suggested donation of $10
February Concerts (4):
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Opera Feroce, a spirited troupe of singers and instrumentalists, perform pieces that represent the struggle between sacred and profane in selections by Bononcini centering on Mary Magdalene.
Beth Anne Hatton, soprano (Magdalene)
Hayden DeWitt, mezzo-soprano (Heavenly Love)
Alan Dornak, countertenor (Earthly Love)
Vita Wallace, baroque violin
Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba
Kelly Savage, harpsichord
An Afternoon in the German Baroque Style
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Abendmusik present instrumental works of German composers who thrived despite unrest during the 30 Years’ War by traveling to European cultural centers.
Judson Griffin, baroque violin
Margaret Ziemnicka, baroque violin
Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba
Carlene Stober, viola da gamba
Rick Erickson, chamber organ & harpsichord
Courts to Convents: Women All-stars of the Baroque II
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Siren Baroque performs known and little-known works by female composers from the French court of Versailles to the convents of Italy. They offer a diverse and wide range of styles illustrating how women contributed to the formation of the Baroque era.
Brittany Palmer, soprano
Brett Umlauf, soprano
Antonia Nelson, baroque violin
Liv Heym, baroque violin
Anneke Schaul-Yoder, baroque cello
Kelly Savage, harpsichord
Musica Extravaganza : A Feast of Ornamental Works from 17th and 18th Century Italy
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Karen Marie Marmer presents a program featuring the works of three composers who worked around the same time, and whose ties to Paris helped acquaint them to each other. The 18th-century Alsatian composer, Jean-Frédric Edelmann, whose fate was met by the guillotine, was admired by Mozart although his music fell into obscurity. The works on the program were published in 1779, 1780 and 1781, respectively. The sonata by Edelmann most likely will enjoy its North American premiere.
Karen Marie Marmer, violin
Dongsok Shin, fortepiano
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. 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.
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.