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Improvisatory Orators: Music from 16th-18th Century Spain and Italy

Concentus 1 Much of the music from the 16th to 18th centuries was improvisatory in spirit. The Concentus takes you on a journey from the early works by Spanish composers Diego Ortiz and Antonio de Cabez√≥n to the Italian masterpieces by Fontana and Vivaldi performed on the recorder, cello, viol, and harpsichord.

Alex Yu and Ka-Wai Yu have grown up playing together in a musical family. Masayuki Maki joined them a decade ago at Indiana University and later at CUNY. The three are now university faculty members and sought-after artists, travelling internationally bringing witty fresh stream of Baroque Music to the audience.

Alex Yu, recorder

Ka-Wai Yu, baroque cello and viola da gamba

Masayuki Maki, harpsichord



Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15-2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.