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"In recent years, Renaissance and Baroque performance in the city has gained momentum, not least through the vigorous advocacy of a group called Gotham Early Music." — Alex Ross, “The New Yorker"
We are grateful for the support we receive from the State, City, and private foundations, and we welcome your help! GEMS continues to receive requests from artists and presenters for services to engage YOU, the music lover, at an increasing rate. We must keep prices affordable for our clients (many of whom are small ensembles or individuals), and that often does not cover our costs, even as a non-profit.
As you know, the classical arts in our culture cannot support themselves. We're grateful for grants from the NYS Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private foundations. But most of our support comes from individuals like you! Please give today.
Visit our new Community News page, with news items about early music in New York City and beyond!
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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Our online CD Store has recordings from many New York ensembles and artists, including Asteria, East of the River, Drew Minter, New York Consort of Viols, Parthenia, Pomerium, Quicksilver, Repast, Nina Stern and Trefoil.
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Help us keep our master list of links to the numerous organizations that comprise New York City's vibrant early music scene up to date. Email us with links to add or updates on existing links. Thanks!
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Featured Events Of unusual interest or exceptional quality...
Torquato Tasso:His Life in Poetry and Music
Presenting ARTEK’s new madrigal-based theater piece based on Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso. This production will depict actors in fictional scenes from the life of Tasso; musical settings from his Rime, Gerusalemme Liberata, and pastoral play Aminta; and commentary on Tasso from other noted historical figures. The performance takes place in a cabaret setting, with two wandering Commedia dell’ Arte performers providing entertainment during intermission.
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 Tuesday, May 3, 2016