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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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The Secret Lover
The Secret Lover is a creation designed to honor the professional female singers who became famous during the late Italian Renaissance in the Ferrara court known as the Concerto delle donne. Known for their artistry and praised as virtuose, they offered private, informal performances in courtly settings known as “secret music” (musica secreta) for members of the court’s inner circle and important visitors.
Their signature style was florid and filled with ornaments, and they inspired composers and musicians across Italy! In addition to inspiring male composers such as Luigi Rossi, Domenico Mazzocchi, Claudio Monteverdi to write for what became known as “the three ladies”, women were also writing for them. Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, and Antonia Bembo along with a group of fantastically creative nuns contributed greatly to the tradition. TENET presents their own three ladies Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn and Virginia Warnken in a project dedicated to recreating the feminine vocal trio. The Secret Lover is a staged production featuring solos, duets and trios that show off the 17th century Italian vocal style in close harmonies.
Carnegie Hall presents a month-long focus on the exciting music written in the 16th and 17th centuries. Whether it is the divine purity and amusing bawdiness of Renaissance madrigals or the dramatic urgency of early Baroque opera, the music speaks to modern listeners who love great music and relish the joy of discovery.
Concerts by L'Arpeggiata, Pomerium, Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Québec, Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, The Tallis Scholars, Fretwork, Kristian Bezuidenhout, I Fagiolini, English Baroque Soloists, and The Monteverdi Choir.
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, April 16, 2015