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East of the River
In the spirit of the program’s title, "Levantera", East of the River explores Medieval music of the Mediterranean and travels eastward through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East, exploring the earliest songs of those extraordinary cultures, together with their traditional dances — the origins of which go back centuries.
REBEL offers a program of music and the spoken word in collaboration with actor Paul Hecht and recorder/ flute virtuoso Matthias Maute. The program, which traces a trajectory from the beginnings of the Age of Enlightenment will feature readings of excerpts from letters by the philosophers Voltaire, Rousseau, Helvetius, Kant and others and will include chamber music by Telemann, J.S. Bach, J.C. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Leclair, Mozart, Holzbauer, Edelmann and Storace, performed on period instruments at the historic and acoustically-excellent Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, NY. The instrumentalists in this program Matthias Maute, recorder & flute; Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, cello; and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord and fortepiano.
Following the concert there will be a fully-catered reception where the audience can meet the artists, and to which all are invited.
Sunday, October 19 at 4 pm Bedford Presbyterian Church Village Green (Rt.22/Rt.172) Bedford, NY
Tickets: Adults: $35; seniors 65+: $30; students: $10 (with valid ID) and children aged 5-12: $5 with accompanying parent. Reservations are highly recommended.
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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Last updated Thursday, October 16, 2014