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Artek 2017-2018 Season


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ARTEK presents an innovative new theatrical show based on the life and art of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c.1656). Conceived as a one-woman show, Artemisia: Light and Shadow stars Sarah Chalfy as Artemisia, who will sing 17th-century music by Barbara Strozzi (1619-1676), from op. 2, 7, and 8; and Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), from his opera Artemisia. The show will combine dramatic arias with staged scenes, written by Nahma Sandrow. Music director and accompanist on harpsichord is ARTEK director Gwendolyn Toth. The stage director is Paul Peers; lighting designer is Chenault Spence; and the costume designer is Carol Sherry.

The narrative of the production covers Artemisia Gentileschi’s major life events: her father’s training in painting; the sensational rape and subsequent trial including torture when she was a teenager; her marriage of convenience; her great love affair with a Florentine nobleman (based on letters only discovered in 2011), and her triumphs as an artist, with visuals of her paintings.

Artemisia: Light and Shadow will take place at The Siggy, a 48-seat Off-Off-Broadway theater space at the Flea Theater in Tribeca, New York City. The performances will be fully-staged, with costumes, lighting, and multi-media visuals, and will last approximately one hour.

The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
Tribeca, NYC 


ARTEK Madrigal Lute

Madrigal Madness

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm

Madrigal Madness at the Flea Theater on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm features ARTEK’s early music stars with young artist guests. The ARTEK performers will be Ryland Angel, countertenor/tenor; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; and Peter Becker, bass-baritone. Young artists will be announced on April 17th; they will be selected competitively from over forty applications from up and coming young singers. The program will be madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) from Books 2 and 3. Musicologist Barbara Hanning will speak to the audience about the historical context and poetry of these madrigals, most of which are still rarely heard despite the recent popularity of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and of many of his later madrigals.

This concert is part of a new ARTEK initiative called the Madrigal Academy, in which ARTEK’s seasoned performers work with emerging artists to delve deeper into the neglected Italian madrigal repertory. ARTEK will continue to present Madrigal Madness performances on an ongoing basis, seeking to perform in unusual venues in the five boroughs and with a desire to develop an informal concert format that will appeal to younger audiences.

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Lute Lunacy

Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm

Lute Lunacy at the Flea Theater on Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm features one of ARTEK’s core members, lutenist Daniel Swenberg, in a joint concert with Arash Noori, a young lutenist who made his debut with ARTEK in December 2017. Mr. Swenberg is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, and is one of America’s top lutenists performing with the Metropolitan Opera, Carmel Bach Festival, Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik Handel and Haydn Society and many others in addition to ARTEK. He will play 17th-century lute music from France by Robert De Visée (c. 1655-1732/33), Jacques Gallot (c.1625-c.1695), and François Dufault (before 1604-c.1722). Arash Noori studies lute and theorbo with Daniel Swenberg. He holds previous degrees from Yale University and the University of Toronto, and been a prizewinner in international competitions. He will play Italian 17th-century theorbo music by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (c.1580-1651). The performance will take place at The Siggy, a performance space at the Flea Theater in Tribeca, New York City and will last approximately 70 minutes with a brief intermission.

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Both performances will take place at The Siggy, a performance space at the Flea Theater in Tribeca and will last approximately 70 minutes with a brief intermission.

$20 regular seating (students & seniors $10).
All seats are reserved
Tickets include a $2 Theater Restoration Fee

The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
Tribeca, NYC

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