Midtown Concerts 


Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s Church  
325 Park Avenue  New York
United States
Thursday, March 02, 2017Thursday, March 09, 2017Thursday, March 16, 2017Thursday, March 23, 2017Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

Italian Jewels

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



Broadwood Junction

Rule Britannia!

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



Galileo’s Daughters

Celestial Sirens

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

Venetian Masters

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.