Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, March 05, 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 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


March Concerts (4):



Grand Harmonie

Reicha’s Wind Quintet in E Flat

Date:   Thursday, March 6, 2014


Grand Harmonie offers a program showcasing works by composer Anton Reicha. Reicha was an early innovator in writing for the wind quintet, and this program offers abundant displays of both instrumental virtuosity and Reicha’s skill at counterpoint.


Sarah Paysnick, flute

Kristin Olso, oboe

Thomos Carroll, clarinet

Yoni Kahn, horn

Elizabeth Hardy, bassoon




Virtuoso Violin Sonatas

Date:     Thursday, March 13, 2014

Theresa Salomon will perform virtuoso violin sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) and Arcangelo Corelli (1653). She will be accompanied by ARTEK director Gwendolyn Toth on harpsichord.


Theresa Salomon, violin

Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord



Bartram/Jennings Duo

Songs of Henry and William Lawes

Date:     Thursday, March 20, 2014


The Bartram/Jennings Duo will play a selection of songs by the 17th-century English composers and brothers, Henry and William Lawes, as well as lute instrumentals from the period.


Amy Bartram, soprano

Ekko Jennings, lute



Ensemble Breve

Musica Extravaganza : A Feast of Ornamental Works from 17th and 18th Century Italy

Date:     Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ensemble Breve presents a concert sampler exploring the evolution of ornamentation across changing musical fashion in Italy from 1630 to 1730.  The program includes contrasting works by Dario Castello and Girolama Frescobaldi, with sonatas by Francesco Barsanti, Francesco Mancini, and Pietro Locatelli.


Deborah Booth, recorder and traverse

Stephen Rapp, harpsichord

Maxine Neuman, Baroque 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. 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.