Event Calendar

Midtown Concerts


Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s Church  
325 Park Avenue  New York
United States
Thursday, January 02, 2020Thursday, January 09, 2020Thursday, January 16, 2020Thursday, January 23, 2020Thursday, January 30, 2020

 January 2020 - 22nd Season Manhattan’s Weekly Series of FREE Early Music Concerts

Gotham Early Music Scene is pleased to announce its January, 2020 offerings of the twenty-second annual series of FREE mid-day concerts in midtown Manhattan. 

The concerts are open to all — no tickets or reservations are necessary. All concerts are on Thursdays at 1:15pm until June 25th, and are held at the Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at 50th Street in Manhattan.  

Time: Thursdays at 1:15 pm    

Admission: Free, with suggested donation of $10  

January Concerts (5): 


Exoticism in Baroque Music and Dance

Who is the “Other?”

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020


We gaze upon the exotic characters in early entertainments through a lens fashioned by the librettists themselves, who reveal an imagined foreigner. Through the music of André Campra, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and more, Exoticism in Baroque Music and Dance reveals that these “exotics” are products of our own minds. The “Other” is us.


Christa Patton, harp

Peggy Murray, Baroque dancer

Eloy Cortinez, recorder

Mary Riccardi, violin



Ensemble Luini

A Banquet for All Tastes

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020


Ensemble Luini presents musical delights from Italy, France, and Spain in the early 16th century, as well as from Elizabethan England. On the menu are regional specialties from Tromboncino, Joaquin, Sermisy, Francesco da Milano, Cabezón, Ortiz, Holborne and others.


Christopher Morrongiello and Erik Ryding, lutes

Gregory Bynum, recorder

Rebecca Pechefsky, virginal/harpsichord



Chloe Fedor

Another Afternoon at the Concert Spirituel

Date:     Thursday, January 16, 2020


Chloe Fedor and friends evoke 18th -century Paris, setting the scene at the Concert Spirituel, one of the earliest public concert series. This afternoon, the audience is treated to a quintessentially French program, with morsels from Leclair, Rebel, and Mondonville.


Chloe Fedor, violin

Parker Ramsey, harpsichord

Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba



Andrew Appel

A Path to François Couperin's Premier Ordre

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020


Francois Couperin's four books of harpsichord pieces represent the apex of refinement for works written for the instrument. The first of these four is a culmination of 20 years of work in a range of styles. Andrew Appel plays selections from this book and offers context through the inclusion of influential composers and contemporaries, such as D'Anglebert and Gaspard Le Roux.


Andrew Appel, harpsichord



Galileo's Daughters

Music in the Age of Galileo—Le Nuove Musiche

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020


Galileo and his composer father, Vincenzo, lived in an age when art, thought, and discovery informed each other. Galileo’s Daughters perform Giulio Caccini's Le Nuove Musiche and virtuosic lute music, inspired by ancient Greek theory and declamation.


Sarah Pillow, voice

Mary Anne Ballard, viola da Gamba

Ronn McFarlane, lute

About the Series:  This season’s 41 performers were chosen from among 79 proposals, and therefore represent many of the finest established and emerging early music artists and ensembles from the New York area and beyond performing a wide variety of vocal, instrumental, and dance repertoire.

Midtown Concerts are produced by Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc., and are made possible with support from The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation; the Howard Gilman Foundation; and by generous donations from audience members.