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Read distinguished New York Times critic James R. Oestreich's article about early opera (and the early music scene in NYC). We're delighted that Mr. Oestreich acknowledged our achievement of a primary mission of GEMS. He wrote: "New York a hotbed of early music? No one would have said so 20 years ago (when some of us were saying the opposite) or even 10 years ago. But a remarkable shift has occurred over the last decade or so, thanks to a web of interlocking factors, including the formation of a curriculum in historical performance at the Juilliard School, the exponential growth of the music program at Trinity Wall Street, the enterprise of groups like Tenet and the Sebastians and the work of the service organization Gotham Early Music Scene." We're also pleased that ALL the groups/institutions he mentioned are also clients of GEMS, depending on us for one or more of our services in marketing, publicity, logistics, communications, fiscal sponsorship, etc.
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Five Boroughs Music Festival presents
5BMF’s 2014-2015 continues in October with three presentations of the exciting baroque ensemble AERIS, performing their new program Capriccio. Comprised of harpsichordist Avi Stein, violinist Zachary Carrettin, and cellist William Skeen, AERIS is quickly gathering acclaim for its virtuosic interpretations of works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Capriccio features works by 17th century giants such as J. S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, as well as less well-known composers including Veracini, Valentini, Stradella, Matteis and Locatelli.
Friday, October 24 at 7:30 pm Trinity Lutheran Church 309 St. Pauls Avenue, STATEN ISLAND
Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 pm Christ Church Riverdale 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway East, BRONX
Sunday, October 26 at 3 pm First Unitarian Church Pierrepont St at Monroe Place, BROOKLYN
Tickets: General Admission ~ $25 Borough resident ~ $20 Students ~ $10
Il Giardino d'Amore: Viennese Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Stefan Plewniak, Director and violin Natalia Kawalek-Plewniak, mezzo-soprano Guest Artist: Anthony Newman, harpsichord
Il Giardino d'Amore is a European baroque orchestra that performs on original instruments and has appeared in festivals and concert halls in Europe, the United States, and Canada. This concert is composed of the most exciting and energetic baroque pieces and composers, many of which are featured on the group’s newest CD, Amor Sacro Amor Profano. Works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Szarzynski.
Friday, October 31 at 8 pm Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 154 West 57th Street at 7th Avenue Manhattan
Tickets: $35-$55 Student discount tickets available at the box office
Funeral cantatas and motets by German baroque composer Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684), including De Profundis, Dies Irae, Ad Dominum cum Tribularer, Confitebor Tibi, Welt Ade, and more. Johann Rosenmüller has come to the forefront of attention in recent years as a composer of remarkable musical depth and talent. His ability to create intense vocal drama is equalled by his expressive string writing.
Friday, October 31 at 8 pm Trinity Church, Princeton 33 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ
Saturday, November 1 at 8 pm Free lecture at 7 pm St. Ignatius of Antioch Church 552 West End Avenue at West 87th Street Manhattan
Tickets in NJ: $30 ~ Regular $15 ~ Seniors $10 ~ Students
Tickets in NY: $50 ~ Preferred $40 ($30 seniors) ~ Reserved (center & balcony) $30 ($15 seniors) ~ Rear & Partial view $15 student tickets at the door only
GOTHAM EARLY MUSIC SCENE (GEMS) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of early music in New York City. It serves professional and amateur performers and ensembles, presenters, audiences and enthusiasts. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote that GEMS will bring "cohesiveness and vitality to the city's patchwork of early-music groups."
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GEMS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
GEMS services and programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated Thursday, October 23 2014