Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, December 04, 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.

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


December Concerts (3):



Black Marble

À la Musette: French & Italian Baroque Music for Two Violins Without Bass

Date:   Thursday, December 5, 2013



The musette, a small French bagpipe popular in the 17th- & 18th-centuries, is characterized in
a program featuring works by the Italianate Frenchman, Jean-Marie Leclair, the Italians Emanuele Barbella and Pietro Locatelli, and the obscure French composer, Clair-Nicolas Roget.


Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin
Karen Marie Marmer, violin



My Lord Chamberlains Consort

A Renaissance Christmas


Date:     Thursday, December 12, 2013


My Lord Chamberlains Consort celebrates the warmth, beauty, and fellowship of the Midwinter Solstice with seasonal carols and noels, instrumental fantasias and dance music from earlier centuries -- with themes of Advent, Epiphany, and good old pagan revelry. And God send us a merrie New Yeare!



Philip Anderson, tenor
Grant Herreid, baritone, lute, recorder
Rosamund Morley, viol and vielle
Pat O'Brien, cittern
Andy Rutherford, lute
Marcia Young, voice and harp



Vox Fidelis

Christmas Music of the Old Tradition


Date:     Thursday, December 19, 2013



Acclaimed choir Vox Fidelis, led by Timothy Smith, presents sacred Renaissance polyphony of the winter season. Program includes the music of Palestrina, Victoria, Sweelink, Praetorius, Hassler, and others from the German School.


Timothy Smith, Director



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. 

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.