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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Join us and noted WQXR radio personality Jeff Spurgeon for a GEMS Benefit Event as we recognize the achievements of New York early music pioneer and viola da gamba virtuoso Judith Davidoff. Plans for the afternoon and evening events include concerts, a symposium, and a gala reception at which GEMS will present Judith with our GEMINI Award recognizing her long career as an internationally celebrated artist and distinguished teacher.
All events will take place at the beautiful Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, in Manhattan. Watch this space for ticket prices and details.
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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...
The Western Wind presents L'Amfiparnaso A Madrigal Comedy from 1594
by Orazio Vecchi
L’Amfiparnaso premiered in 1594 in Modena, Italy. It is a witty and profound setting of a commedia dell’arte scenario featuring traditional comic characters, including Pantalone, Pedrolino, Dr. Graziano, Capitano, and the lovers Isabella, Lucio, Lelio and Nisa.
"..a 16th century madcap revue, drawing on every vocal form of the period with exhilarating virtuosity. The dialects are handled with the confidence of natives, while the lusty dramatic spirit of the comic madrigal style comes across vividly." —The New York Times
Linda Lee Jones, Michele Kennedy, sopranos William Zukof, countertenor Todd Frizzell, David Vanderwal, tenors Elliot Z. Levine, baritone with Catherine Gasta & Alexander Reed, mimes
Directed by Gama Valle Costumes by Luis Santiago Sets by Bradley Wehrle Lighting by Jason Fok
Thursday, May 28 at 8 pm
(open rehearsal — $20 at the door) Friday, May 29 at 8 pm Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm Sunday, May 31 at 8 pm The West End Theatre 263 West 86th Street between Broadway and West End) Manhattan
Tickets: General Admission: $40 Students & Seniors: $25
Patron and Sponsor tickets: Sponsor: $75 ($35 tax deductible, includes concert ticket and open dress rehearsal) Patron: $150 ($110 tax deductible, includes concert ticket and open dress rehearsal)
Toccate, Libro Primo, and Recercari et Canzoni Franzese
by GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI
In 1615, Frescobaldi published the Toccate, Libro Primo, and Recercari et Canzoni Franzese in Rome. This extraordinary collection, printed and copied several times throughout the 17th century, revolutionized the style of keyboard music before J.S. Bach. After four hundred years, this music still sounds young and never ceases to amaze and move.
Sunday, June 21 at 3:30 pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
(just south of Christopher Street) Manhattan
Tickets: General Admission: $25 Students & Seniors: $15
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 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 Wednesday, May 27, 2015