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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...
New Vintage Baroque & Damask Ensemble Fated Lovers
How is it that love can bring out the best and worst in us? Apollo, Dido, and even a farmer from colonial Virginia all find their place in this program of old and new music, deftly woven together by narrator and composer Doug Balliett. The Damask Ensemble of the Netherlands makes its New York debut, teaming up with the "polished and expressive" (NY Times) New Vintage Baroque to bring you a program of tragedy, seduction, and unrequited love.
Featuring the U.S. premiere of Virginiana by composer Gregory Spears, alongside works by Purcell, Montéclair, Böhm, and Handel.
Thursday, February 26 at 6 pm Lecture/Demonstration Living History: The Diary Melodies of Virginiana Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Admission: free
Friday, February 27 at 7:30 pm TheStage at the Times Center 242 W. 41st Street Manhattan
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 ppm The Church of St. Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street Manhattan
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
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 Thursday, February 19, 2015