Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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):


Concordian Dawn

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



Gretchen’s Muse

Prussian Quartets

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.