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NEW! Season Preview
What we expect will be an annual publication of Season Preview editions of our "Notes on the Scene" Newsletter began last month. Featuring concerts by New York-based ensembles who present their own series as well as churches and presenters of independent series, three editions of the newsletter were emailed on Thursday, August 18 and in the first week of September. If you are not on our email mailing list, click here to receive our regular newsletters. Click below to view the Season Preview editions:
"In recent years, Renaissance and Baroque performance in the city has gained momentum, not least through the vigorous advocacy of a group called Gotham Early Music." — Alex Ross, “The New Yorker"
We are grateful for the support we receive from the State, City, and private foundations, and we welcome your help! GEMS continues to receive requests from artists and presenters for services to engage YOU, the music lover, at an increasing rate. We must keep prices affordable for our clients (many of whom are small ensembles or individuals), and that often does not cover our costs, even as a non-profit.
As you know, the classical arts in our culture cannot support themselves. We're grateful for grants from the NYS Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private foundations. But most of our support comes from individuals like you! Please give today.
NYC Early Music on the BBC
The BBC produced two program(me)s about New York City’s burgeoning early music community. GEMS Executive Director Gene Murrow was interviewed at the start to “set the scene,” followed by interviews with several early music directors in the City, including Julian Wachner at Trinity Wall Street, Robert Mealy at Juilliard and Quicksilver Baroque, Gwen Toth and Dongsok Shin of REBEL and ARTEK, Jolle Greenleaf of TENET, Wen Yang of New York Baroque Incorporated, and Jeffrey Grossman of The Sebastians. There are also several musical examples to enjoy!.
Visit our new Community News page, with news items about early music in New York City and beyond!
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.
Our online CD Store has recordings from many New York ensembles and artists, including Asteria, East of the River, Drew Minter, New York Consort of Viols, Parthenia, Pomerium, Quicksilver, Repast, Nina Stern and Trefoil.
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Featured Events Of unusual interest or exceptional quality...
Mozart's music as Mozart heard it!
Daniel S. Lee, music director Chloe Fedor, violin (K. 364) Kyle Miller, viola (K. 354) Jessica Troy, viola (K. 424)
New York's newest period orchestra, Project Amadeus, presents its inaugural concert featuring an all-Mozart program. Directed by critically-acclaimed violinist and conductor Daniel S. Lee, Project Amadeus gathers a dynamic group of nationally-recognized period performers to offer spirited performances of music of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Duo in B-flat, K. 424 Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K. 364 Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 pm
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church 152 West 66th Street Manhattan
$20 in advance - reserved front section At the door - $20 suggested donation
House of Time Four Seasons/Three Graces: Antonio Vivaldi and Carolyn Yarnell
What if "The Four Seasons", one of the most popular pieces of all time, wasn't an original composition but an arrangement of a lost original? What if Vivaldi had scored his most famous work for a mixed chamber ensemble with violin, flute, and oboe, before reworking it for traditional string orchestra, as he did with "Il Gardellino", "La Tempesta di Mare", and other concertos? House of Time's thrilling rendition of Gonzalo X. Ruiz's colorful reconstruction of this speculative original presents Vivaldi's naturalistic masterpiece as you've never heard it before. From singing birds to babbling brooks and barking dogs, from summer storms to wintry winds, the seasons come alive in this new chamber setting. Carolyn Yarnell's riveting "Three Graces" is a savage and beautiful musical portrait of three strong women who shaped her childhood in the Sierra Nevada. Commissioned by Gonzalo X. Ruiz and guest flutist Stephen Schultz, it earned them the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 3 West 65th Street Manhattan
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 is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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, September 21, 2016
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