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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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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Featured Events Of unusual interest or exceptional quality...
Pomerium Creator of the Stars: Christmas Music from the Old World Alexander Blachly, director
Pomerium's annual Christmas concert in New York at All Souls Unitarian Church. The program comprises solemn and joyful chants contrasted with their polyphonic elaborations by Renaissance masters including Guillaume Du Fay, William Byrd, Josquin Desprez, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Orlando Lassus.
“The standard by which early music vocal groups are measured.” The New York Times
Sunday, December 22 at 5 pm All Souls Unitarian Church East 80th Street at Lexington Avenue Manhattan
The Play of Daniel Mary Anne Ballard, Music Director Drew Minter, Stage Director
“Inexpressibly beautiful music… in drama that may well transport you to another time."
James Oestreich, The New York Times Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museumof Art in 2008, GEMS’s colorful, fully-staged and costumed production of this early opera features a cast of two dozen singers, dancers, and musicians. GEMS’s production has delighted audiences in New York City and on a tour of the Northeast supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Play of Daniel, from the 13th century, returns to NYC for a short run during Twelfth Night, which is when it was traditionally performed.
Three performances only! Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8 pm Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3 pm Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 3 pm
Performances last one hour
Trinity Wall Street Church Broadway at Wall 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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Last updated Tuesday, Decmeber 17, 2013