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The Prophet Daniel
The GEMS production of The Play of Daniel is now a holiday tradition and, for early music connoisseurs, a welcome supplement (or antidote!) to the usual incessant holiday soundtrack.
James Oestreich of The New York Times characterized it as "Inexpressibly beautiful music... in drama that may well transport you to another time."
Directed by Drew Minter and Mary Anne Ballard, our cast led by James Ruff as Daniel and Jose Lemos as King Darius includes many of New York's top singers and instrumentalists (cast list here). A band of medieval instruments with recorders, harps, lutes, vielle, viol, and the incomparable Rex Benincasa on percussion accompanies the 70 minutes of singing, acting, and dancing that illustrate the timeless story of Daniel reading "the writing on the wall," speaking truth to power, and moral integrity. A fitting commentary in this election year!
Three performances only, at historic Trinity Church on Broadway at Wall Street. Saturday, January 2 at 7pm, and Sunday January 3 at 3pm and 7pm. Enjoy a 15% discount for "early bird" orders BEFORE December 1 using code "DAN16WEB" when ordering tickets online or by phone (212-866-0468).
Be sure you're part of the scene by attending one or more of the upcoming early music events!
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 Monday, November 23, 2015