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88 Jeff Spurgeon 300square smaller imageJeff SpurgeonWQXR's Jeff Spurgeon talked with Gene Murrow and ARTEK's Gwen Toth about the January 20th performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 on the 400th anniversary of the composition.

Watch the video here.



125 SchaeferJohn Schaefer"Manhattan Goes Medieval"
Interview with John Schaefer on New York City's WNYC radio show "Soundcheck," October 1, 2007

Hear noted violinist Robert Mealy (concertmaster of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra) and Gene Murrow (founder and Executive Director of GEMS) discuss the early music scene in New York and Boston. The show also includes live performances by Asteria, winners of the 2004 EMA medieval/Renaissance competition. 



NYC Early Music on the BBC

Dear friends and colleagues,

The BBC produced two program(me)s about New York City’s burgeoning early music community. GEMS Executive Director Gene Murrow was interviewed at the start to “set the scene,” followed by interviews with several early music directors in the City, including Julian Wachner at Trinity Wall Street, Robert Mealy at Juilliard and Quicksilver Baroque, Gwen Toth and Dongsok Shin of REBEL and ARTEK, Jolle Greenleaf of TENET, Wen Yang of New York Baroque Incorporated, and Jeffrey Grossman of The Sebastians. There are also several musical examples to enjoy!.

Here's a link to the recorded broadcast:

It was a pleasure to work with those folks; let's hope "there will always be an England."


GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music — playing repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.