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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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Featured Events Of unusual interest or exceptional quality...
Americas Society & GEMAS present
Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra Iberian Suite: Baroque Music from Jesuit Missions in Bolivia
Founded in 2006 on the rich history of Baroque music manuscripts from Bolivia, Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra present a program entitled "Iberian Suite: Baroque Music from Jesuit Missions in Bolivia," featuring classical Baroque pieces in Latin as well as in its members' seven native dialects, conducted by Ashley Solomon.
Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm The Hispanic Society of America
Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets, Manhattan
TENET TENEbrae: Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and artistic director; Luthien Brackett, alto; Owen McIntosh, tenor; Donald Meineke, tenor; Thomas McCargar, baritone; Jonathan Woody, bass; Eric Dudley, guest director and organ
TENET completes a three year series that began in 2013 to honor the anniversary of Carlo Gesualdo's death, with improvisations on chamber organ dividing sets of the harmonically adventurous motets. TENET performs the motets one voice to a part allowing for incredible clarity of sound and intense harmonic transparency.
Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church 152 West 66th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Manhattan
ARTEK presents The Art of the Early Keyboard Weekend
Harpsichords of Germany
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach Friday, March 13 at 8 pm Tickets: $15-$25 Pre-Concert Lecture at 7 pm with Professor Bradley Brookshire Gwendolyn Toth, Director of ARTEK, plays the Italian Concerto and the Overture in French style on her new 1739 Graebner harpsichord by John Phillips, Berkeley.
Saturday, March 14 Free Events 1 pm Masterclass: Early keyboard technique on the harpsichord and clavichord Gwendolyn Toth will introduce the concepts of early technique to interested performers, particularly pianists and organists interested in learning more about historical keyboard technique and early fingering.
3 pm Workshop: Quilling and maintaining harpsichords Dongsok Shin, technician for the Metropolitan Museum and the Metropolitan Opera, will explain how to use real quill in quilling a harpsichord, as well as other keyboard maintenance issues with jacks, springs, and tongues.
Keyboard extravaganza for 2 to 4 harpsichords! Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm Tickets: $15-$25 Gwendolyn Toth, Dongsok Shin, Stephen Rapp, and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichords, with string ensemble. A program of multi-harpsichord pieces, culminating in Bach's A minor Concerto for four harpsichords, a transcription of Vivaldi's famous Concerto for four violins in B minor, accompanied by the ARTEK string ensemble.
All Events at: St. Ignatius of Antioch Church 552 West End Avenue at West 87th Street 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, March 5, 2015