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Artek 2017-2018 Season


Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8 pm
Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Mott & Prince Streets
Nolita, NYC

ARTEK's holiday extravaganza will be the seasonal highlight of 2017! ARTEK has been performing the music of 17th-century German composer Johann Rosenmueller since 2011, when the ensemble's brilliant recording of his cantatas was released. ARTEK performed his Vespers for the first time in 2012 to enormous acclaim. Rosenmueller's music combines the grand Venetian style of Monteverdi's Vespers with the monumental German style of sacred music leading up to Bach's B-minor Mass. 8 outstanding singers (Laurie Heimes, Clara Rottsolk, Barbara Hollinshead, Ryland Angel, Andrew Fuchs, Philip Anderson, Andrew Padgett, and Peter Becker) will be joined by ARTEK's string ensemble led by violinist Cynthia Freivogel, international wind players from Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse and American wind specialists, and ARTEK's renowned continuo team.

The concert will be performed in the marvelous acoustics of Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a gem of a venue located in downtown Manhattan.

Tickets: reserved seating from $15-$75 (discounted tickets for seniors).

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Friday, March 9 at 8 pm
Holy Trinity Church
Central Park West and West 65th Street
Upper West Side, NYC

The three B's of German baroque music! ARTEK will present a program of North German cantatas, chamber music, and organ music. Soloists Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; and Peter Becker, bass-baritone will be joined by Gwendolyn Toth, organ; Vita Wallace, violin; Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba; and Daniel Swenberg, theorbo. If you enjoyed ARTEK's Biber program last May, you will enjoy this program journeying from the stylus fantasticus music of Nicolaus Bruhns and Dietrich Buxtehude to the sublime harmonies of the immortal Johann Sebastian Bach.

Tickets: reserved seating, $15-$50 (discount for seniors).

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May/June 2018 (Dates and times to be announced)
The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
Tribeca, NYC

In development now: a brand new theatrical show from ARTEK celebrating the renowned artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most colorful and talented artists of the Italian baroque era, with works now in major museums. Artemisia Gentileschi's life was more dramatic than an Italian opera: trained in art by her father, raped by another artist as a teenager, she became the lover of a Florentine nobleman and a painter at the English royal courts. Artemisia's dramatic depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes has become one of the icons of baroque art.  Renowned opera librettist and theater playwright Nahma Sandrow is creating the scenario. Singer/actress Sarah Chalfy will interpret the role of Artemisia and sing selections from the great opera repertory of mid-17th-century Rome and Venice. 

Stay tuned for updates throughout the season and exact dates and times of performances.

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.