Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Manhattan’s Weekly Series of FREE Early Music Concerts

GEMS is pleased to announce the sixteenth annual series of FREE 40-minute concerts in midtown Manhattan.  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, beginning on October 10, 2013 at 1:15 and are held at the Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan.

October Concerts (4):



Creole Songs for Voice and Piano

Date:   Thursday, October 10, 2013


Melodeon will perform Creole Songs for Voice and Piano-- songs and short piano pieces from the United States antebellum time, before the Civil War.   The concert will be presented in two 15-minute segments, one devoted to Creole music from New Orleans, and the other to music of Stephen Foster.



Duo Marchand + Ruth Cunningham

Two Daughters of this Aged Stream: Purcell's Sopranos

Date:              Thursday, October 17, 2013


Duo Marchand + Ruth Cunningham will perform Two Daughters of this Aged Stream: Purcell's sopranos.  This program features luscious soprano duets, arias, and instrumental interludes from the 17th-century theatrical works of Henry Purcell and John Blow.



Dongsok Shin and John Moran

Music for Jean Louis Duport

Date:              Thursday, October 24, 2013


Dongsok Shin (fortepiano) and John Moran (cello) perform pieces dedicated to Jean Louis Duport by Viotti and Beethoven.



Trio Coprario

English Music in the Mid-17th Century 

Date:              Thursday, October 31, 2013


Trio Coprario will perform English Music in the Mid-17th Century--  rarely-played works from England in the mid-17th century, featuring pieces by John Jenkins, John Coprario, and Thomas Baltzar.


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.