Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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 and are held at the Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan.

Admission:     Free, with suggested donation of $10

April Concerts (3):



Diderot String Quartet

The Evolution of Quartet Composition

Date:   Thursday, April 3, 2014


Diderot String Quartet performs two quartets that illustrate a connection between Mozart and Haydn’s work: Haydn’s Op. 20 and Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue.


Adriane Post, violin
Johanna Novom, violin
Kyle Miller, viola
Paul Dwyer, cello



Sinfonia Players

String Trio by Beethoven

Date:     Thursday, April 10, 2014


Sinfonia plays works by Beethoven from his twenties, before his world was silenced. This program exhibits the work of a mature composer minus the rage and darkness of later years, sparkling with lyricism and laughter.


Dorian Komanoff Bandy, violin
Rachel Evans, viola
Christine Gummere, cello



Lyra Cosort

Rare Jewels of the French Baroque

Date:     Thursday, April 24, 2014


Lyra Consort’s quintessentially French program features rare French lyra-viol dances by du Buisson and de Machy, music for the elegant but equally rare pardessus de viole so popular in 18th century France, a trio sonata by celebrated violinist/composer/child prodigy Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and the iconic theorbo music of de Visee.


Vita Wallace, baroque violin
Beverly Au, pardessus de viole
Lisa Terry, basse de viole
Deborah Fox, theorbe


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.  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.