Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, February 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 pm.  The concerts last 30-40 minutes.

Admission:      Free, with suggested donation of $10

February Concerts (4):


Opera Feroce

Magdalene’s Decision

Date:   Thursday, February 6, 2014



Opera Feroce, a spirited troupe of singers and instrumentalists, perform pieces that represent the struggle between sacred and profane in selections by Bononcini centering on Mary Magdalene.


Beth Anne Hatton, soprano (Magdalene)

Hayden DeWitt, mezzo-soprano (Heavenly Love)

Alan Dornak, countertenor (Earthly Love)

Vita Wallace, baroque violin

Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba

Kelly Savage, harpsichord




An Afternoon in the German Baroque Style


Date:     Thursday, February 13, 2014


Abendmusik present instrumental works of German composers who thrived despite unrest during the 30 Years’ War by traveling to European cultural centers.



Judson Griffin, baroque violin

Margaret Ziemnicka, baroque violin

Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba

Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba

Carlene Stober, viola da gamba

Rick Erickson, chamber organ & harpsichord



Siren Baroque

Courts to Convents: Women All-stars of the Baroque II


Date:     Thursday, February 20, 2014



Siren Baroque performs known and little-known works by female composers from the French court of Versailles to the convents of Italy. They offer a diverse and wide range of styles illustrating how women contributed to the formation of the Baroque era.



Brittany Palmer, soprano

Brett Umlauf, soprano

Antonia Nelson, baroque violin

Liv Heym, baroque violin

Anneke Schaul-Yoder, baroque cello

Kelly Savage, harpsichord



Ensemble Breve

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


Date:     Thursday, February 27, 2014


Karen Marie Marmer presents a program featuring the works of three composers who worked around the same time, and whose ties to Paris helped acquaint them to each other. The 18th-century Alsatian composer, Jean-Frédric Edelmann, whose fate was met by the guillotine, was admired by Mozart although his music fell into obscurity. The works on the program were published in 1779, 1780 and 1781, respectively. The sonata by Edelmann most likely will enjoy its North American premiere.



Karen Marie Marmer, violin

Dongsok Shin, fortepiano



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.