Early Music Festival: New York City is a new event being created and co-directed by Jolle Greenleaf (artistic director of the vocal ensemble TENET) and Donald Meineke (associate director of music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church).
The inaugural event will feature some of New York’s preeminent performing ensembles, artists, and organizations for eight days of concerts, talks, interactive presentations, social events, children’s programs. The Festival is a fiscal project of Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc.
4 X 4 Festival Four performances by top performers in the NYC area under the direction of acclaimed harpsichordist Avi Stein.
Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity The venerable choir and instrumentalists from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church's weekly Bach programs. Green Mountain Project Two programs in 2014, directed by Jolle Greenleaf (Artistic Director) and Scott Metcalfe (Music Director): Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and Vespers for the Feast of St. Johnthe Baptist, a vespers recreated by Mr. Metcalfe featuring works by Monteverdi and his contemporaries.
New York Early Music Festival Orchestra Under the direction of Robert Mealy, the newly created orchestra will feature works by Rameau marking the 250 anniversary of the composer's death in 1764.
Other scheduled performances to date include appearances by many area ensembles including:
Antioch Chamber Ensemble BICINIUM (Judith Malafronte and Drew Minter) Clarion Music Society Dark Horse Consort John Scott, Organist New York Polyphony Parthenia Quicksilver The Sebastians Vox Vocal Ensemble
Events will beheld at many prestigious New York City area locations including Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Jean Baptiste, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp.
Festival Artistic Advisors
About Co-Directors Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke
Hailed as a “golden soprano” and called “a major force in the New York early music-scene” by the New York Times, Jolle Greenleaf is one of the leading voices in the field. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her performances have earned raves from the Oregonian, “[Greenleaf] sang with purity an beguiling naturalness,” and the New York Times, who called her “An exciting soprano soloist… beautifully accurate and stylish…” As artistic director of the virtuosic one-voice-per-part ensemble TENET, Ms. Greenleaf creates diverse programs, directs and sings in performances of repertoire spanning the middle ages to the present day. TENET’s programming has been lauded by the New York Times as “smart, varied and not entirely early.” Greenleaf has balanced a career as a top soloist and innovative impressaria. In January of 2010 she spearheaded a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, (the first performance of the work to celebrate its 400th anniversary), by creating the Green Mountain Project (an annual TENET initiative). For the Green Mountain Project she acts as artistic director engaging singers and instrumentalists, and managing the many logistics of mounting a major musical production. Greenleaf frequently invites top-notch musicians from the New York-based early music community to guest direct TENET projects and strives to combine forces with other ensembles to share ideas.
Donald R. Meineke serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, home of Bach Vespers. Before moving to New York, Donald studied choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, served as Director of Music at First English Lutheran, and was co-founder of Ensemble VIII. Donald held the post of Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church (Lutheran) in Worcester, Massachusetts for 6 years where he conducted the Choirs of Trinity Church and was founder and Artistic Director of Vox Triniti. He has served as assistant chorus master for Helmuth Rilling, preparing Mozart’s Mass in C minor in multiple cities throughout Venezuela and Bach’s B minor Mass and Passions in Germany and Italy. Donald also holds a degree in organ from Indiana University.
Tickets and Information
Most performances will be free (by suggested donation) unless otherwise specified on the festival's forthcoming website www.EMFnyc.org.
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