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
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
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
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
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.