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We are pleased and proud to announce that Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) has received its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of 817 nation-wide.
The award of $12,500 will help support the tour of the GEMS production of the medieval music-drama “The Play of Daniel” this June. The fully-staged and costumed show portraying the biblical story of Daniel, the “writing on the wall,” and the lion’s den was re-created by Mary Anne Ballard and Drew Minter, and produced by GEMS for presentation at The Cloisters in 2008 and again in 2013. Featuring a cast and crew of 25 of New York’s finest early music and theater artists, it will be presented at the Connecticut Early Music Festival in New London, CT and at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Rockport, MA. Additional educational events are scheduled for schools and other venues in conjunction with the tour.
National recognition of GEMS’ work by the NEA is a testament to the excellence of the New York musicians, the concerted hard work of our core staff—Wendy Redlinger, Senior Artist Representative; Paul Ross, Operations Manager; and Naomi Morse, Office Manager— as well as the scores of volunteers and distinguished board members who have assisted us since our founding in 2007.
The GEMS office team: Gene Murrow, Naomi Morse, Paul Ross
We've been working together at 340 Riverside Drive since the beginning. Wendy Redlinger joined us soon after to establish and manage GEMS Live!
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GEMS on the Radio
GEMS and many of New York's early music vocal ensembles are featured on WQXR's program "The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle" broadcast on Sunday, September 25. Click below to listen to the entire program, including performances by Anonymous4, EM/NY, ARTEK, Green Mountain Project, Pomerium, Lionheart, My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, and an interview with GEMS Executive Director Gene Murrow.
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Featured Events Of unusual interest or exceptional quality...
Brahms Brahms Brahms (and a touch of Hassler) The Canby Singers Pete Weis, president
Brahms, a devoted choral conductor, wrote many choral pieces, many for a cappella performance, with rich harmonies, challenging counterpoint and deeply emotional expression. Hassler is a good foil for Brahms, since he had a similar way of writing: imitative part writing, largely homophonic, albeit without Brahms’ more sophisticated harmonies (he was, after all, 2+ centuries earlier). Bach was influenced by Hassler, as Brahms would later be influenced by Bach. Brahms was both a traditionalist and an innovator, looking both backward and forward. Please join the Canby Singers, led by Pete Weis, for a program of Brahms (and a touch of Hassler).
Saturday, June 8 at 8 pm Church of St. Joseph 365 6th Ave. at Washington Pl. Manhattan
Tickets: $20 ~ General Admission $15 ~ Students and seniors
Men, Maids, and Mischief Returns! Musica Nuova Amanda Keil, artistic director
Hailed by the Times as “over the top” and “delightful,” Musica Nuova revives its fast-paced, sketch-comedy style show of raunchy Renaissance songs. Men, Maids, and Mischief is an original pastiche of surprisingly dirty songs, catches, and tales from English pubs and houses of ill-repute. Lutenist Grant Herreid joins Musica Nuova Artistic Director Amanda Keil, soprano Brooke Bryant, baritone Peter Becker and rising star counter-tenor Nicholas Tamagna for a sketch comedy show that gets its laughs from the music of English Renaissance and Restoration composers such as Henry Purcell, Thomas D’Urfey, Henry Eccles, Thomas Campion, and Thomas Morley. Men, Maids, and Mischief showcases the unabashedly bawdy side of English music: “My Man John had a Thing that was Long” and “My Thing is My Own” are just as suggestive as they sound, and other songs are filled with tales of humorously seduced maidens, lascivious suitors, and in one case, an old man bested by his virgin bride. The troupe stages some of the songs to make the stories come to life and add to the mischief. And with so many lusty songs about drinking.
Monday, June 17 at 7:30 pm Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St. btwn. Richardson St. & Frost St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn Wednesday, June 19 at 6 pm Cornelia St. Cafe 29 Cornelia Street btwn. Bleecker & West 4th St. Manhattan Tickets: Admission is by donation at Pete’s Candy Store $15 (including a drink) at Cornelia Street. Reservations can be made in advance at www.musicanuova.org, or by calling 917-412-6472.
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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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GEMS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
GEMS services and programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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