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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...
Bridge of Sighs: Baroque Love Songs
Madrigals, Book 7 (1619) Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Join ARTEK at the Bridge of Sighs Cafe for an evening of amazing music by Claudio Monteverdi, shared over a glass of wine in an intimate cafe setting. A Venetian legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs. Thursday, April 30 at 8 pm Friday, May 1 at 8 pm Saturday, May 2 at 8 pm
The Art of Persuasion: The Power of Music and Poetry
In Concert 1, acclaimed opera conductor Gary Thor Wedow leads a presentation with many musical illustrations showing how musicians have set words and delivered their emotional content throughout history, from Primal Scream to Chant to Shakespeare to Baroque Opera.
In Concert 2, Ms. Burton, Parthenia, and Mr. Stone with Maestro Wedow on harpsichord, will perform repertoire from the Renaissance through the present day, bringing the afternoon's discussion to life, with works by Dowland, Antoine de Bertrand, Girolamo Parabosco, and Henry Purcell, Francis Poulenc, Alexander Zemlinsky, Will Ayton, and John Musto. Mr. Hecht will read from contemporaneous literature.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 4pm and 7 pm The Church of Saint Luke in the the Fields
487 Hudson Street Manhattan
Two unique shows for one price! (Have dinner in the neighborhood in between)
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 30, 2015