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ARTEK Past Events this Season


Friday, October 20 at 6 pm
Holy Trinity Church
Central Park West and 65th Street
Upper West Side, NYC

ARTEK director Gwendolyn Toth presents a concert of music from her latest CD, The Arp Schnitger Organ in Eenum. A tiny village in the northeast Netherlands, Eenum boasts one of the surviving examples of the great organ-building genius Arp Schnitger, a small one-manual meantone organ dating from 1704. Ms. Toth will perform selections by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Scheidemann, and others on Holy Trinity's outstanding baroque organ by Paul Fritts, assisted by tenor Philip Anderson singing related songs and airs. CDs will be available for purchase.

The concert is part of the New York Early Music Celebration 2017.

Tickets: VIP Balcony seating (with up close view of the artists) $40 regular, $30 seniors. Floor seating $20 regular, $15 seniors.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Two performances: 5 pm and 9 pm
The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
Tribeca, NYC

Back by popular demand - ARTEK reprises its madcap theatrical take on Monteverdi's famous lament "Lasciatemi morire" from the lost opera Arianna with our fabulous madrigal singers (Laurie Heimes, Barbara Hollinshead, Ryland Angel, Philip Anderson, and Peter Becker) and the magnificent Queen Ariadne herself (Sarah Chalfy). The show was a total hit last spring. Don't miss this second chance to hear beautiful madrigals, haunting solos, and the enchanting story of Ariadne.

The show will be performed as a one-act cabaret set without intermission, approximately 75 minutes. Complimentary wine will be served.

Tickets: all seats $50 (seniors, $40)

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Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8 pm
Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Mott & Prince Streets
Nolita, NYC

ARTEK's holiday extravaganza will be the seasonal highlight of 2017! ARTEK has been performing the music of 17th-century German composer Johann Rosenmueller since 2011, when the ensemble's brilliant recording of his cantatas was released. ARTEK performed his Vespers for the first time in 2012 to enormous acclaim. Rosenmueller's music combines the grand Venetian style of Monteverdi's Vespers with the monumental German style of sacred music leading up to Bach's B-minor Mass. 8 outstanding singers (Laurie Heimes, Clara Rottsolk, Barbara Hollinshead, Ryland Angel, Andrew Fuchs, Philip Anderson, Andrew Padgett, and Peter Becker) will be joined by ARTEK's string ensemble led by violinist Cynthia Freivogel, international wind players from Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse and American wind specialists, and ARTEK's renowned continuo team.

The concert will be performed in the marvelous acoustics of Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a gem of a venue located in downtown Manhattan.

Tickets: reserved seating from $15-$75 (discounted tickets for seniors).

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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.

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