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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...
The Play of Daniel
Mary Anne Ballard, Music Director Drew Minter, Stage Director
Experience the power and beauty of the Old Testament story of Daniel as told in the medieval music drama created in the 12th century. GEMS repeats its acclaimed production of the Latin play incorporating music, chant, song, and dance with a new prologue in English, making the show accessible for listeners of all ages.
"Inexpressibly beautiful music... in drama that may well transport you to another time."
—James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
70 minutes without intermission
Saturday, December 27, 3 pm and 6 pm Sunday, December 28, 3 pm and 6 pm Trinity Church Broadway at Wall Street Manhattan
Tickets: $75 ~ Center Front $44 ~ Center Rear $25 ~ Sides Students $10 off with ID
directed by Tom Zajac and Nell Snaidas, performs Music of late 18th-century Peru
from the Codex Trujillo del Perú
An encore performance of The Bishop's Band, following a sold-out performance on April 20, 2013 at the Hispanic Society of America.
Conceived and directed by multi-instrumentalist and early music specialist Tom Zajac, the program features soprano Nell Snaidas, along with an all-star cast of singers, instrumentalists and dancers in a selection of songs and dances from the 18th-century Peruvian Codex Trujillo del Perú along with mission music from the Moxos Archives of lowland Bolivia and sacred villancicos from the Cathedral of La Plata in what is now Sucre, Bolivia.
Presented by GEMS and the America's Society during Trinity's Twelfth Night Festival.
Monday, December 29 at 6 pm Trinity Church
Broadway at Wall Street Manhattan
Note: Venue has very limited box office space. It is highly recommended to buy tickets in advance to avoid standing in line in potentially cold weather.
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 Friday, December 19, 2014