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GEMS joins the worldwide musical community in mourning the loss of John Scott, Organist and Music Director of Saint Thomas Church-- brilliant musician, inspiring conductor, teacher and mentor, and the kindest, gentlest, and most generous of men. We will miss you terribly. Our thoughts are with Lily and his family.
See the Saint Thomas Church website for information about a service on September 12.
John and Sandra Miller preparing a Sinfonia NY concert
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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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Featured Events Of unusual interest or exceptional quality...
Judith Davidoff was a pioneer and major figure in the American early music movement. We are pleased to be honoring her at a gala benefit event on September 20, 2015. Tickets are now available.
Join us, noted WQXR radio personality Jeff Spurgeon, and Parthenia for a GEMS Benefit Event as we recognize the achievements of New York early music pioneer and viola da gamba virtuoso Judith Davidoff. Plans for the afternoon and evening events include a concert, a symposium, and a gala reception at which GEMS will present Judith with our GEMINI Award recognizing her long career as an internationally celebrated artist and distinguished teacher.
All events will take place at the beautiful Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, in Manhattan. MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS
GEMS is holding its first ever Online Auction Fundraiser to help ensure our long-term viability as we continue to support early music artists in New York. The Online Auction, hosted by BiddingForGood.com (BFG), will go live to the BFG and GEMS communities 10 days prior to our Live Silent Auction, occurring at the benefit event details above. Final bids for all items will be accepted at the Silent Auction.
To support our work and to have a chance to claim exciting travel opportunities, personal services, artwork, dining, financial planning assistance, and much more, make sure to browse through this unique and compelling collection of auction items beginning September 10 at this link.
Be sure you're part of the scene by attending one or more of the upcoming early music events!
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, August 27, 2015