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Artek 2017-2018 Season


Friday, March 9 at 8 pm
Holy Trinity Church
Central Park West and West 65th Street
Upper West Side, NYC

7 pm: pre-concert lecture by musicologist Sara Ruhle Kyle

The three B's of German baroque music! ARTEK will present a program of North German cantatas, chamber music, and organ music. Soloists Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; and Peter Becker, bass-baritone will be joined by Gwendolyn Toth, organ; Vita Wallace, violin; Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba; and Daniel Swenberg, theorbo. If you enjoyed ARTEK's Biber program last May, you will enjoy this program journeying from the stylus fantasticus music of Nicolaus Bruhns and Dietrich Buxtehude to the sublime harmonies of the immortal Johann Sebastian Bach.

Tickets: reserved seating, $15-$50 (discount for seniors).

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The program includes the complete cantatas Jauchzet dem Herren (featuring Mr. Fuchs) and Mein Herz ist bereit (featuring Mr. Becker) by Nicolaus Bruhns; the duet “O wie selig” BuxWV 90 and the Sonata in C major BuxWV 266 by Dietrich Buxtehude; the Sonata in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001 and the duet “Ein unbegreiflich” from Cantata #125, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Additionally, Ms. Toth will play the solo organ works “Grosses” Praeludium in E minor of Bruhns and the Praeludium and Fugue in B minor BWV 544 by Bach.


May/June 2018 (Dates and times to be announced)
The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
Tribeca, NYC

In development now: a brand new theatrical show from ARTEK celebrating the renowned artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most colorful and talented artists of the Italian baroque era, with works now in major museums. Artemisia Gentileschi's life was more dramatic than an Italian opera: trained in art by her father, raped by another artist as a teenager, she became the lover of a Florentine nobleman and a painter at the English royal courts. Artemisia's dramatic depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes has become one of the icons of baroque art.  Renowned opera librettist and theater playwright Nahma Sandrow is creating the scenario. Singer/actress Sarah Chalfy will interpret the role of Artemisia and sing selections from the great opera repertory of mid-17th-century Rome and Venice. 

Stay tuned for updates throughout the season and exact dates and times of performances.

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.