FALL CONCERT: Music From The City of Bernini Saturday, September 12 at 8 pm (NYC)
Sunday September 13 at 4 pm (Princeton)
WINTER CONCERT: ARTEK 30th Anniversary Concert: A Medici Wedding Saturday, January 9 at 8 pm
SPRING CONCERT: Cafe d'ARTEK: Melancholia-Follia Thursday, May 19 at 8 pm
Friday May 20 at 8 pm
Saturday May 21 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 22 at 4 pm
THE ART OF THE EARLY KEYBOARD SERIES
1715 Friday, November 13 at 8 pm Concertante Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm
ARTEK & The Rose Ensemble Sunday, January 17 at 7 pm
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SPRING CONCERT Melancholia-Follia Four performances Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8 pm Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8 pm Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8 pm Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4 pm
Café d'ARTEK St. Michael’s Church, The Hall Amsterdam Avenue & W. 99th Street
Manhattan Venue is not accessible, unfortunately. The Hall is on the second floor of the church up one flight of stairs.
Torquato Tasso: lauded Italian Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso: mentally ill, probably bipolar, imprisoned for over 20 years Torquato Tasso: beloved and reviled by the Este family of Ferrara
TORQUATO TASSO: HIS LIFE IN POETRY AND MUSIC
Enjoy an evening in the Café d'ARTEK, an intimate cabaret space, for music, wine, poetry, and theater.
All seats ~ $50 ($30 Seniors/Students) Cafe Seating
Conceived & directed by Lawrence Rosenwald, Drew Minter, Barbara Hanning, & Gwendolyn Toth
Artists: Drew Minter as Torquato Tasso Michael Brown as Duke of Ferrara Laura Heimes & Clara Rottsolk, sopranos Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano Ryland Angel, countertenor Philip Anderson & Andrew Fuchs, tenors Peter Becker, bass-baritone Motomi Igarashi, lirone Christa Patton, harp Daniel Swenberg & Grant Herreid, lutes Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord
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Past Events this Season
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FALL CONCERT Music From The City of Bernini Saturday, September 12 at 8 pm Free lecture at 7 pm with Gwendolyn Toth
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church 552 West End Avenue at West 87th Street Manhattan
Bernini, baroque architect of the great monuments of 17th-century Rome and friend of Queen Christina of Sweden and Athanasius Kircher, set the stage for the brilliant musical masterpieces of Alessandro Stradella, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Arcangelo Corelli.
Artists: Eric Brenner, countertenor Ryland Angel, countertenor Claire Jolivet, violin Theresa Salomon, violin Jeffrey Schoyen, cello Daniel Swenberg, theorbo Gwendolyn Toth, organ & director
$50 ($40 Seniors/Students) ~
Reserved (Center) $30 ($20 Seniors/Students) ~
Rear & Partial view
ARTEK IN PRINCETON
Music From The City of Bernini Sunday, September 13 at 4 pm
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
64 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
WINTER CONCERT 30th Anniversary Concert A Medici Wedding Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8 pm
Running time: 90 Minutes (NO intermission)
St. Jean Baptiste Church 184 East 76th Street at Lexington Avenue Manhattan
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the fantastic musical spectacle that celebrates the uniting of two Renaissance Italian dynasties!
Artists: Over 50 past and present ARTEK performers and members of Piffaro, Parthenia, Pomerium, and NY Continuo Collective. Gwendolyn Toth, director Grant Herreid, assistant director Lawrence Rosenwald, master of ceremonies
VIP ticket holders are invited to join ARTEK performers and patrons for a post-concert reception at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th Street.
$75 ~ VIP Seats
(First 5 rows; Includes reception)
$50 ($40 Seniors/Students) ~
$30 ($20 Seniors/Students) ~
Rear & Sides (may be partial view)
Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 7 pm
ARTEK & The Rose Ensemble
Hear two outstanding American early music ensembles.
The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul, MN): Land of Three Faiths
ARTEK: Melancholia-Follia preview
Immanuel Lutheran Church 122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue Manhattan (Hall is currently not accessible; elevator is inoperable)
$25 ~ General Admission
$15 ~ Seniors/Students
ART OF THE EARLY KEYBOARD SERIES
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Immanuel Lutheran Church 122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue (Hall is currently not accessible; elevator is inoperable)
All seats ~ $40 ($20 Seniors/Students)
Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8 pm
Chamber music from the year 1715 by J. S. Bach, Telemann, Fux, and Vilsmayr - and a 1715 violin!
Cynthia Freivogel, violin Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano Motomi Igarashi, gamba Charles Weaver, theorbo Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord
What happened in 1715?
Louis XIV dies
Johann Sebastian Bach composes the English Suites
The Scottish Jacobites rise up against George I
Johann Jakob Vilsmayr publishes Artificiosus Concentus
10 Spanish treasure ships sink off Florida
Bach’s Cantatas 165 & 132 are performed at the Weimar Schlosskirche
New York City bans oyster gathering in warm months
Johann Joseph Fux writes his opera Orfeo ed Euridice
The Thames freezes over
A violin maker in Austria produces a marvelous violin
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8 pm
Concertante: adj. - Affording opportunity to display brilliancy in a solo part in a composition.
Mozart’s Wind Quintet K.452 and a new chamber arrangement of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Gwendolyn Toth, fortepiano John Abberger, oboe Jean-François Normand, clarinet Sara Cyrus, horn Stephanie Corwin, bassoon
On Good Friday, March 25, the Immanuel Choir and ARTEK will perform a Candlelight Meditation at 8:30 pm, immediately following the 7 pm Good Friday service, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
The choir, with viols and organ colla parte, will perform settings of Psalm 51, Miserere Mei, and closely related works. The two most famous settings, which will open and close the concert, are the Miserere of Josquin Desprez and the Miserere of Gregorio Allegri. Josquin, the master of Renaissance polyphony, wrote the Miserere in 1503 in Ferrara, Italy. Scholars believe that the piece was inspired by the death of the reformer Girolamo Savonarola in Florence in 1498; just before his death Savonarola wrote an impassioned meditation on sin and repentance entitled Infelix Ego containing as a refrain the initial words from Psalm 51, Miserere Mei, Deus. Josquin's patron, the Duke of Ferrara, who (along with Martin Luther) was a supporter of Savonarola, commissioned Josquin to write the Miserere as a musical testament to Savonarola. The choir will also sing a setting of the actual Infelix Ego text by Orlando Lassus, and a Miserere setting by William Byrd, as well as a 20th-century setting by the modern Polish composer Grzegorz Miskiewicz, born in 1969. ARTEK will also perform an instrumental version for viols of a rarely heard Miserere setting by the Italian theorist and composer Gioseffo Zarlino. Lastly, the ensembles will perform the Miserere by Gregorio Allegri. The version we know today of this famous piece, which was performed every year in the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week since the 16th century, is something of a compilation of various versions by Allegri, Bai, and also other music directors of the Sistine Chapel in the 18th and 19th centuries. The music was kept a mystery by the Vatican; copies and outside performances were forbidden on pain of excommunication. Mozart is said to have heard the Miserere as a teenager and wrote it down later by heart. The work was originally simpler in format, but was highly ornamented by the chapel singers; some glimpses of this improvised ornamentation remain in the modern-day setting, highlighting the glorious vocal art of the early baroque. ARTEK and the Immanuel Choir are directed by Gwendolyn Toth.