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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...
Gretchen's Muse Debut Concert Series
The mission of Gretchen's Muse is to present a full and nuanced picture of the music of the 18th century, which saw the transition between what we know now as the Baroque and Classical styles. In particular, it highlights the roots of Classical style deep in the "Baroque" period, the reverberations of Baroque style well into the Classical period and beyond, and the important but not often fully explored changes in performance practice throughout the century. The premiere concerts in May comprise a mini-festival, reaching into every corner of this pivotal period. The repertoire extends from Bach to Beethoven, using ensembles ranging from two to seven performers, and featuring strings, winds, keyboards, and voice.
From Bach to Boccherini Tuesday, May 14 at 8 pm Baroque as Bizarre Tuesday, May 21 at 8 pm Virtuosic Winds Monday, May 27 at 8 pm WMP Concert Hall 31 East 28th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South Manhattan
In the Company of William Byrd The Byrd Ensemble Markdavin Obenza, artistic director
Seattle-based Byrd Ensemble returns to New York with a program of Renaissance music by William Byrd and his contemporaries. English Renaissance composer William Byrd's (1540-1623) status as an early music superstar owes some credit to the influence of his colleagues. His interaction with other composers from all over Europe influenced his style. This program will highlight musical similarities Byrd shared with some of his contemporaries and will include a world-premiere reconstruction of a piece by Alfonso Ferrabosco (1543-1588). The program will also feature music by Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1510- c.1555), Thomas Morley (c.1557-1602) and Philip van Wilder (c.1500-1554).
Saturday, June 8 at 8 pm Church of St. Mary the Virgin 145 West 46th Street Manhattan
Tickets: $20 ~ General Admission $15 ~ Seniors (60+) $10 ~ Students
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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 Thursday, May 23, 2013
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