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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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House of Time
Sparks fly as the group takes you to baroque London, thanks to a re-constructed version of Handel's Fireworks by Gonzalo X. Ruiz. Experience, through House of Time's rapturous performance of this masterwork as well as period pieces by Purcell, Matteis and Sammartini, the moment when London became a cultural capital of Europe. From the grandeur of the Fireworks to the intimacy of Purcell's Restoration-era gems, this program will transport and delight.
Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 3 West 65th Street at Central Park West Manhattan
Tickets: $35 ~ General $20 ~ Seniors $10 ~ Students
TENET honors music’s patron saint with a program of rarely heard works by Henry Purcell directed by frequent collaborator Scott Metcalfe. Highlights include Purcell’s “From Hardy Climes and dangerous toils of war,” “A Pageant of the Four Seasons” from Fairy Queen, select songs from Orpheus Britannicus, and much more. The cast features singers Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn, Martin Near, Brian Giebler, and Tyler Duncan and instrumentalists Scott Metcalfe, Johanna Novom, Daniel Elyar, Hannah Collins, Hank Heijink and Jeff Grossman in what will be a stunning evening of music.
Saturday, November 22 at 7 pm Church of St. Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street (just south of Christopher Street) Manhattan
Sunday, November 23 at 5 pm St. Barnabas Church Greenwich, CT
Tickets for 11/22: $50 ~ Prime Seats $40 ~ Prime (Students & Seniors) $30 ~ General $20 ~ General (Students & Seniors)
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, November 20, 2014