Our Spring Appeal is underway, with every dollar matched up to $10,000! We are developing new programming, including a membership plan for next season, that will make it even easier to connect you to great music, bring you closer to the groups you love, and spread the word even further about New York's thriving early music scene. We have ambitious plans, and we will need to engage some outside expertise to ensure their success. But we can't get started without your help.
Early Music Festival: NYC
Early Music Festival: NYC is coming soon! Please join us for a hot week of summer events this June 13–19, 2014 and hear some of NYC's finest!
Early Music Festival: NYC 2014 Participants Antioch Chamber Ensemble Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity BICINIUM - Judith Malafronte and Drew Minter Dark Horse Consort Diderot String Quartet Five Boroughs Music Festival/Cellist Paul Dwyer Green Mountain Project House of Time New York Polyphony Organist John Scott Parthenia Quicksilver The Sebastians Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss
More information on their website: www.EMFNYC.org Connect on Facebook (Early Music Festival: NYC) and on Twitter (EMFestNYC)
Read distinguished New York Times critic James R. Oestreich's article about early opera (and the early music scene in NYC). We're delighted that Mr. Oestreich acknowledged our achievement of a primary mission of GEMS. He wrote: "New York a hotbed of early music? No one would have said so 20 years ago (when some of us were saying the opposite) or even 10 years ago. But a remarkable shift has occurred over the last decade or so, thanks to a web of interlocking factors, including the formation of a curriculum in historical performance at the Juilliard School, the exponential growth of the music program at Trinity Wall Street, the enterprise of groups like Tenet and the Sebastians and the work of the service organization Gotham Early Music Scene." We're also pleased that ALL the groups/institutions he mentioned are also clients of GEMS, depending on us for one or more of our services in marketing, publicity, logistics, communications, fiscal sponsorship, etc.
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The list of donors to our successful challenge grant matching fund last year may be found here. Heartfelt thanks to all of you!
The Midtown Concerts schedule is up! Click here to see the full 2013-2014 season line-up.
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Early Music Recordings
Our online CD Store has recordings from nine New York ensembles and artists: Asteria, East of the River, Drew Minter, New York Consort of Viols, Parthenia, Pomerium, Repast, Nina Stern and Trefoil.
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Help us keep our master list of links to the numerous organizations that comprise New York City's vibrant early music scene up to date. Email us with links to add or updates on existing links. Thanks!
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 Thursday, April 17, 2014