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Saint Ignatius at 150: A Festival of Early Music
Date Sat, 21 May 2022 7:00 pm

St Ignatius 150Featuring performances by TENET Vocal Artists, ARTEK, Polyhymnia, and the Choir of Saint...

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Jonathan Salamon & Friends
Sun, 22 May 2022 4:00 pm

Portuguese Synagogue De WitteMusic of Many Worlds: Sephardic Vocal Music of 18th-century Amsterdam

Hear the music of...

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Wed, 25 May 2022 7:30 pm

Abendmusik MayMaister Byrd, “Sweetnesse, Repose, and Recreation”

The fantasies for viols

William Byrd was one of...

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Midtown Concerts

Thursdays at 1:15pm; September–June

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  • May 19, 2022 ~ Art of Lieder
    A Schubertiade Watch online here  View the program Clara Rottsolk, Ed Matthew, and Dongsok Shin present a Schubertiade featuring Franz ...
  • May 26, 2022 ~ Empire Viols
    Rhine Journey: German Music for Viols and Harpsichord Watch online here, or on YouTube Empire Viols explores the Rhine through haunt...
  • June 2, 2022 ~ Bach Ensemble in New York
    Conversations galantes et amusantes Watch online here, or on YouTube This afternoon you will hear the lively conversations between fou...


  • Allen Whear In Memoriam (1957–2022)
    Allen Whear, (1957–2022) baroque cellist and viola da gamba specialist passed away February 10, 2022. Though based in New York City, Paul "Allen " Whear toured the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia extensively throughout his life as a baroque cellist. ...
    GEMS/EMA Relief Fund Reopens
    Supporting Early Musicians in Need Gotham Early Music Scene and Early Music America (EMA) are partnering to promote this fund. #WeAreEarlyMusic Together! The current global health crisis continues to have a severe impact on arts and culture. The ...
    Judith Davidoff In Memoriam (1927–2021)
    GEMS joins the broader early music community in mourning the loss of Judith Davidoff, the "Grande Dame of the viol". After starting her career in Boston in the 1950s, she joined Noah Greenberg's New York Pro Musica in the early ‘60s. She later foun...
    GEMS Face Masks
    Face masks will be on sale at GEMS in-person events. We are not currently selling them online. ...
    Music Libraries for Sale
      We have two libraries from Lucy Cross and Celine Karraker and are making them available to the general public as a benefit for GEMS. As we've been going through some of the materials, we have come across a number of interesting memorabilia, ...


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