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.
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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Coming in June 2014!
The Early Music Festival: New York City is a new event that will feature some of New York’s preeminent performing ensembles, artists, and organizations for eight days of concerts, talks, interactive presentations, social events, and children’s programs. Preliminary information is here.
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Gonzalo Ruiz, baroque oboe Tatiana Daubek, baroque violin Paul Dwyer, baroque cello Leon Schelhase, harpsichord
Transcendent Bach features a collection of virtuosic sonatas and trios by J.S. Bach. Scholars have long supposed that many chamber works were among hundreds of lost works by Bach and House of Time brings this speculation vividly to life. This exciting program features House of Time’s arrangement of one of the organ trios as well as one his only three surviving original trios.
Thursday, April 10 at 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 3 West 65th Street, at Central Park West Manhattan
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm Hudson View Gardens Lounge 116 Pinehurst Ave. (corner of 183rd and Pinehurst) Manhattan
Tickets: Free; $10-$20 suggested donation Reception to follow both concerts
Canticum Novum Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion Harold Rosenbaum, director
Andrew Fuchs, tenor (Evangelist) Craig Phillips, bass (Jesus) Laura Heimes, soprano Jeffrey Mandelbaum, countertenor Sean Fallen, tenor Christopher Herbert, baritone
Bach’s St. Matthew Passion continues to move audiences almost three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas’ Church in Leipzig, Germany. Standing as one of the pillars of Western sacred music, it is at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.
Saturday, April 12 at 7 pm The Church of Saint Jean Baptiste 184 76th St. (at Lexington Ave) Manhattan
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 10, 2014