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“The Air Viol”Violators

The world concert premiere of the English concertina (a.k.a. the “air viol”) substituting as a treble viol in repertoire of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, featuring spritely English country dances, consort music of Orlando Gibbons, William Lawes, and their contemporaries. Ruth Cunningham of Anonymous 4 will perform the extraordinary "Ye Sacred Muses," William Byrd's emotional deploration on the death of his teacher, Thomas Tallis.

Ruth Cunningham, soprano

Gene Murrow, “air viol”

with some of the best viola da gamba players in town:

Lisa Terry from Parthenia
Pat Neely from Abendmusik
Loren Ludwig from ACRONYM
Wen Yang from NYBI


1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue


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 Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.