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  • June 30, 2022 ~ Midnight Viols
    Among Friends: English Consorts and Country Dances Watch online here, or on YouTube View the program Midnight Viols, a renegade consort of viols, recorders, voices, and “air viol” (aka English concertina), returns with a repertoire of consort songs plus dances of the court and...

 

 Past Events This Season

  • September 9, 2021 ~ Bläser Band
    Classical Masters of the Winds. Watch here View the program As the artistry and skills of both players and makers of wind instruments in Europe improved during the late 18th century, composers discovered the new timbres and techniques available to them. A rich body of original and arranged Harm...
    September 23, 2021 ~ Duo Custos
    Beasts of God and Man: Medieval Music in Celebration of the Animal Kingdom.   Watch here View the program This program features songs from the 13th and 14th centuries about various beasts, including donkeys, pythons, panthers, and a whole host of winged creatures. The songs are primar...
    September 30, 2021 ~ Dan McCarthy and Friends
    Vivaldi Viola d’Amore Concerti.  Watch here View the program Vivaldi uses the unique tuning of the viola d’amore to masterfully create concerti that are elegantly virtuosic. He was known to perform on this instrument throughout his life possessing an intimate feel for the charmingly se...
    October 7, 2021 ~ The New Consort
    The Evaporation of Grief.  Watch here View the program and texts Few works match the heartfelt expressions of love and grief of the déplorations written by the great Franco-Flemish composers upon the deaths of their teachers and friends. For the 500th anniversary of Josquin des Prez's own...
    October 14, 2021 ~ Eurasia Consort
    Silk Road Journey to the East.  Watch here View the program Eurasia Consort presents music found along the Silk Road. During the sixth century Buddhism traveled from India to China. This journey also brought music, instruments and musicians to China. East Asian courts became filled with in...
    October 21, 2021 ~ Musica Magnorum
    Resonance: Double Reed Music from the Holy Roman Empire.  Watch here View the program Explore enigmatic and ornate double reed music by composers of the Dresden court, the wellspring of many great 18th-century German masterworks. Handel makes an appearance, too.  Gaia Saetermoe-Howar...
    October 28, 2021 ~ Gavin Black
    Selections from Bach's The Art of the Fugue.  Watch here View the program Gavin Black will play a selection of movements from The Art of the Fugue, chosen to make a coherent overall arc, amounting to a bit less than half of the entire work. He will perform on a Keith Hill German double-man...
    November 4, 2021 ~ Hesperus
    Fêtes Galantes: Marais on Pardessus.  Watch online here View the program The five-string pardessus de viole enjoyed a repertoire of sonatas and suites borrowed from the finest composers; its resonant sound and delicate nature proving surprisingly persuasive, compensating for imagined defi...
    November 11, 2021 ~ Cléa Galhano & Peter Sykes
    Les Goûts réunis.  Watch here View the program This program features different styles of early music: from the seventeenth century sonata to French and Italian baroque works.  Cléa Galhano ~ recorder Peter Sykes ~ harpsichord  Cléa and Peter met teaching at the SFEMS B...
    December 2, 2021 ~ Caroline Nicolas & Kevin Payne
    Bassi in dialogo.  Watch online here View the program Bowed and plucked bass instruments come together for this program celebrating their uniquely rich musical histories. Featuring a collection of music by composers including Diego Ortiz, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Marin Marais, Domenico...
    December 9, 2021 ~ Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble
    Festive Music from the German Kingdoms.  View the program In early music, nothing says December quite like German music played on brass instruments. Even better is German music played on historic brass! The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble has been performing music from the heyday o...
    December 16, 2021 ~ Four Nations Ensemble
    The Haydn Brothers .  Watch online here View the program The mature works of Joseph Haydn are beloved, particularly by professional musicians who have the opportunity to perform these works. Joseph Haydn’s earlier works, prophetic of the mature genius, give extraordinary pleasur...
    December 23, 2021 ~ Concentus
    Essercizii Musici.  Watch online here View the program The Essercizii Musici by Telemann is one of the most accomplished collections of chamber music written in the late Baroque. It consists of 24 works composed for various combinations of instruments. They are all very well-crafted p...
    December 30, 2021 ~ Arnie Tanimoto and Friends
    The Heart of Sensibility.  Watch online here View the program The Galant style was all the rage in 18th-century London, attracting musicians from all over the continent. One of the epicenters of this musical craze was the Bach-Abel series headed by its namesakes, Johann Christian Bach...
    January 6, 2022 ~ Gwendolyn Toth
    Gems of 17th-Century Harpsichord Music Watch online here View the program Gwendolyn Toth will play a harpsichord recital of music from Dutch, German, and French early manuscript sources including the well-known Bauyn manuscript. Music of Froberger, Scheidemann, Chambonnières, and others. G...
    January 13, 2022 ~ Rozendaal / Appel Duo
    Two Friends, Three Pieces  Watch online here View the program Harpsichordist Andrew Appel and violist da gamba John Mark Rozendaal offer an eclectic selection of esoteric and idiomatic solos for their instruments as well as a dynamic duo. Featured composers are Alfonso Ferrabosco, Jean-Henri...
    January 20, 2022 ~ Hollinshead–Bass
    A Wintry Mix Watch online here View the program "A Wintry Mix" is a potpourri of traditional and Elizabethan songs to enliven the short days and long nights of winter. The songs' themes and stories cover the darkness associated with winter, traditional winter tunes with advice to ensure a go...
    January 27, 2022 ~ Schwarz / Shin Duo
    Treasures of the High Baroque Watch online here View the program This program features works of three internationally renowned composers: the German-born George Frideric Handel in London; the Italian-born Michele Mascitti in Paris and arguably best-known at the time, Georg Philipp Telemann, ...
    February 3, 2022 ~ The Western Wind
    Renaissance Love Songs Watch online here View the program Renaissance love songs from the passionate, sexy, and silly to the elegant and ribald by Lassus, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Bateson, Morely, Weelkes, Josquin, and others. Christina Kay & Elizabeth Van Os ~ sopranosEric S...
    February 10, 2022 ~ Abendmusik, New York's Early Music String Band
    Whyte's Noyse Watch online here View the program Abendmusik explores William Whyte’s fantasies for two, three, five and six viols. Although we know so very little about him, there is no doubt that Whyte was well respected by his peers. Whyte’s consorts in general are characteri...
    February 17, 2022 ~ Members of Juilliard415
    Suites and Sonatas by Marais and de la Guerre Watch online here View the program Ellen Sauer ~ fluteCarmen Lavada Johnson-Pàjaro ~ violinAdrienne Hyde ~ viola da gambaKevin C. Devine ~ harpsichord Élisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre (1665–1729)Sonate en Trio no. III in D from the Bros...
    February 24, 2022 ~ Canzonetta Ensemble
    The London Stage circa. 1700 Watch online here View the program Strong traditions of English theater sustained resistance to the invasion of Italian opera that swept through most of Europe during the 17th century. English audiences objected to the "unnatural" practice of having characters co...
    March 3, 2022 ~ Kevin C. Devine
    Queens of the Keys Watch online here View the program From remote convents to the bustling courts of royalty, female composers left an indelible mark on the music of early modern Europe. This program explores the keyboard repertoire left to us by these brilliant women, spanning two centuries...
    March 10, 2022 ~ Infusion Baroque
    Virtuosa Watch online here View the program Women made their mark on Baroque music not only as muses, but also as virtuoso performers and composers. Mozart wrote his famous Sonata K454 for the Mantuan virtuosa Regina Strinasacchi, while Vivaldi composed most of his vast musical output for th...
    March 17, 2022 ~ Zoe Vandermeer
    The Inspired Bard Watch online here View the program Zoe Vandermeer's soprano and Welsh harp program celebrates two hundred years of British music by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, George Fredric Handel, Thomas Arne, Welsh harpist and composer Edward Jones, and the later 18th century Irish com...
    March 24, 2022 ~ Tanimoto, Igarashi, Shin & O'Neil
    Musical Thievery Watch online here View the program The pardessus de viole came into vogue at the height of the Ancien Régime as means for women to play Italiante violin sonatas. This program will explore the musical boundaries of this hybrid instrument, both within and beyond the borders o...
    March 31, 2022 ~ Brooklyn Baroque
    The French Baroque Cello Watch online here View the program At the end of the Baroque period in France, an interest in a virtuosic, more Italianate style coincided with the emergence of the cello as a solo instrument. This program will explore French galant music for cello and harpsichord, w...
    April 7, 2022 ~ The Vivaldi Project
    From (early) Vienna with Love Watch online here View the program In a continuation of The Vivaldi Project's exploration of little-known classical string trios, Leopold Hofmann's Trio ô Divertimento in C Major will be paired with Beethoven's String Trio in D Major, Op 9. No 2. This particula...
    April 14, 2022 ~ ARTEK featuring Ryland Angel
    My Heart is Filled with Longing: German Cantatas and Sinfonias for Holy Week Works by Erlebach, Rosenmüller, J. Christoph Bach, Schmelzer, J. Fischer WATCH THE CONCERT VIDEO HERE View the program ARTEK will play 17th century sacred music appropriate for the solemn time of Holy Week. Featured ...
    April 21, 2022 ~ BALAM Dance Theatre
    The Garden of Love in Miniature Watch online here View the program The dances in this performance are inspired by two themes seen in Baroque art, the miniature and nature. For the Baroque noble, the latter offered opportunities to be in nature, to show off and be seen, to convene with a lo...
    April 28, 2022 ~ Galileo's Daughters
    Valiant Sisters: Music from a 17th-century Italian Convent Watch online here View the program Galileo's Daughters bring alive through music and readings the era of Suor Maria Celeste, whose letters to her famous father make vivid the spiritual and daily life of a 17th-century woman. Co...
    May 5, 2022 ~ House of Time
    Private Versailles: Intimate Music for a Very Public Place Watch online here View the program House of Time’s Private Versailles is intended to represent an afternoon of music by Louis XIV’s favorite musicians. All the elegance, grandeur and subtlety of the French High Baroque come t...
    May 12, 2022 ~ Saint Peter's Bach Collegium
    Dramma per Musica Watch online here View the program This program centers around works by Clérembault and Telemann, especially on their series of cantatas for solo voice with a single instrument. The Harmonischer Gottesdienst is a series of cantatas for solo voice, one obligato instrument...
    May 19, 2022 ~ Art of Lieder
    A Schubertiade Watch online here  View the program Clara Rottsolk, Ed Matthew, and Dongsok Shin present a Schubertiade featuring Franz Schubert’s masterpiece, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (“The Shepherd on the Rock”), along with other Schubert songs, and the Introduction et air suéd...
    May 26, 2022 ~ Edson Scheid
    The Devil’s Violin: Edson Scheid plays Paganini Watch online here View the program Note: The Empire Viols had to cancel because of a positive COVID case; we thank Edson Scheid for stepping in at the last minute to perform this fabulous program. The 24 Caprices by Nicolò Paganini ...
    June 2, 2022 ~ Bach Ensemble in New York
    Conversations galantes et amusantes Watch online here View the program This afternoon you will hear lively conversations among four instruments — all equally distributed — flute, violin, violoncello, and harpsichord. The program centers on two quartets from prominent composers Tele...
    June 9, 2022 ~ Cynthia Roberts & Yi-heng Yang
    Mozart Meets Beethoven: From Darkness into Light Watch online here View the program The mournful two-movement Sonata in E minor is an unusual work within Mozart’s output in this duo genre, and ranges from languishing melancholy, to stormy angst, to a nod to the delicacy and subtlety of...
    June 16, 2022 ~ Quartet Salonnières
    1772: Diversion and Divergence Watch online here View the program What was en vogue in 1772 Europe? Hoop skirts of unspeakable proportions, elaborate hairstyles that sometimes depicted current events, three-cornered hats, Revolutionary ideas…and in music — a form that had recently wo...
    June 23, 2022 ~ Concordian Dawn
    Preview: Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera Watch online here View the program While writing her forthcoming monograph, Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera, renowned medieval studies scholar, Sarah Kay, teamed up with Concordian Dawn to produce a multimedia publication and recordi...
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The twenty-fourth season of Midtown Concerts began on September 9, 2021 and will run until June 30, 2022.

View the 2021–2022 line-up here

Concerts are Thursdays at 1:15pm. In-person and live streamed from The Church of the Transfiguration in NYC.

SPECIAL HOLY WEEK LOCATION: In person at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th Street (at Lexington Avenue), Manhattan (map)


Because of COVID precautions, we are not able to admit late-comers after 1:30pm.

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Our 23rd season of virtual concerts finished on June 24, 2021. View them all on demand on Facebook or YouTube.

Watch videos of past performances here. 


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