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  • March 23, 2017 The Queens Consort - Venetian Masters
    Venice was an epicenter of artistic and musical creativity in the 17th century. Its thriving musical venues ranged from Europe´s first public opera houses and scholarly academies to religious institutions such as San Marco. The composers on the program today lived and worked for at least some time ...
    March 30, 2017 Gavin Black, harpsichord
    Schedule change: We regret that Black Marble Duo has had to cancel their appearance due to scheduled surgery. Following his enthusiastic reception this past fall, harpsichordist Gavin Black has agreed to a return engagement on this date. We'll post more information and his program when it is availab...
    April 6, 2017 Ensemble Servir Antico - Lamento: Songs of Exile
    Renaissance music for the passion weekThe Lamentations of Jeremiah commemorate the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. Early during Christianity, the reading of these Hebrew/ Latin texts became part of the liturgy of the Holy Week, and from the late 15th-c, they were set to some of the most exp...
    April 13 2017 ARTEK - Stabat Mater Special holy week performance at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 122 E. 88th St. and Lexington
    Music for Holy Week for sopranos and basso continuo from the French baroque tradition, as part of the Midtown Concerts series. Repertoire includes the Miserere of Michel-Richard Delalande, and the Stabat Mater of Charpentier. Rebecca Mariman, sopranoJuli Borst, mezzo-sopranoMotomi Igarashi, viola d...
    April 20, 2017 New York Classical Quartet - Boccherini's First and Last String Quartets
    The New York Classical Quartet play the first and last of Boccherini's 90 string quartets: Op. 2, no. 1 in C minor from 1761 (probably predating Haydn's first), and Op. 64, no. 1 in F from 1805 (by which time Haydn had ceased composing.) Piquant, droll, tragic, languid, heroic, and festive are just ...
    April 27, 2017 Hesperus - Devices and Divisions
    A program of intriguing Ayres, Suites, Divisions and Dances by Locke, Jenkins, Dowland and Young (including the 21st century premiere of Jenkins' trios for three trebles). Tina Chancey, 5 and 6-string pardessus de viole, trebleJohn Mark Rozendaal, viola da gambaLoren Ludwing, viola da gambaAnnalisa...
    May 11, 2017 Diderot String Quartet - Purely Mozart
    Join Diderot String Quartet for an afternoon of Mozartean delight! This program features selections from KV 387 and KV 575, two sunny pieces that are among Mozart's most famous and beloved quartets. Adriane Post, violinJohanna Novom, violinKyle Miller, violaPaul Dwyer, cello   ...
    May 18, 2017 Alkemie - Love to my Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France
    Elena Mullins, soprano & percussionSian Ricketts, soprano & recordersTracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano & percussionDavid McCormick, vielleNiccolo Seligmann, vielle & percussionLong before iPods, these the trouvères of Northern France penned the music they wanted to hear and share. Their...
    May 25, 2017 The Lyra Consort - Rare Jewels of the French Baroque Pt. 2
    Vita Wallace, violinBeverly Au, pardessus de violeLisa Terry, basse de violewith Rosamund Morley, pardessus de violeDeborah Fox, theorbe The Lyra Consort continues its exploration of rare jewels of French baroque, highlighting the pardessus de viole in a brand new program of lyra viol solos, sonata...
    June 1, 2017 Marginalia - Le Chansonnier du Roi
    In this new program, Marginalia explores the instrumental and vocal repertoire preserved in the Chansonnier du Roi, an important source for French music of the thirteenth century. Included are songs by troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn and trouvere Gace Brulé, as well as the estampie royals and other...
    June 8, 2017 Bud Roach - The Muse's Delight
    This programme will recreate a salon presentation of late 17th- and early 18th-century English songs, as they would have been commonly heard at the time, with the singer providing his own accompaniment at the Italian virginal. Composers Henry Purcell, John Blow, John Eccles, and others published in ...
    June 15, 2017 Morrongiello & Weinman Lute Duo - Lute Duets From the Elizabethan Golden Age
    This program will consist of equal and ground & treble English Lute Duets. Many of the pieces are by some of the most important composers of the Elizabethan era. Our all gut strung Lutes will be performed upon a table, in the historical tradition of Renaissance Lute performance practice. Dr. Ch...
    June 22, 2017 Sonnambula - Musique à Trois: Works for Viols Alone
    The ladies of Sonnambula take on the three-part viol repertoire in this program to feature the unique sound of viols, alone. From the soloistic bass writing of Marais in seventeenth-century France, to offshoots in Germany and in Reformation England, we explore some of the most supreme repertoire for...
    June 29, 2017 Ryland Angel - Portraits of Mary
    New and old works focusing on the Marian theme, the love between mother and child. Ryland Angel, CountertenorBill Trafka, musical director of St. Bartholomew's Church, organ   ...

 

 

Midtown Concerts Past Events this Season

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Each free concert is 30 to 40 minutes in length; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

All concerts begin at 1:15 pm.