Midtown Concerts

Wednesday, June 04, 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.

Time:              Thursdays at 1:15 pm

Admission:     Free, with suggested donation of $10

June Concerts (2):


Skid Rococo

From Pastoral Idylls to Hangovers

Date:   Thursday, June 5, 2014


From Pastoral Idylls to Hangovers explores late Rococo music from France and Sweden.  The Greek and Nordic goddesses of Love and the god of wine were at the center of Carl Bellman's sublime and subversive poetry and his cult of Bacchus.


Brett Umlauf, soprano
Daniel Swenberg, Baroque guitar & Baroque lute
Leah Nelson, Baroque violin
Anneke Schaul-Yoder, Baroque cello



Musica Nuova

Men, Maids and Mischief

Date:     Thursday, June 12, 2014


Hailed by The New York Times for its “flair for the dramatic and a taste for unusual performance spaces," Musica Nuova brings new perspectives to Baroque music by heightening the dramatic qualities intrinsic to the repertoire. Through staging and storytelling, Musica Nuova weaves storylines based on the meaning of the songs. Men, Maids, and Mischief is an original pastiche of surprisingly dirty songs and catches from English Renaissance and Restoration composers. The NY Times called this staged sketch-comedy show “fast-paced” and “delightful.”


Amanda Keil, mezzo-soprano
Brooke Bryant, soprano
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, counter-tenor
Grant Herreid, lute/tenor


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.