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Midtown Concerts is pleased to present a full schedule of concerts for the 2020-2021 season. Concerts will be live streamed until it is safe for audiences to gather once again. As safety allows, we will reintroduce in-person events.
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  • January 21, 2021 – Daphna Mor & Friends
    Masters of the Baroque. Watch here, or on YouTube or Facebook View the program Instrumental virtuosos of the Baroque period raised playing technique to new heights. Performers were, and still are, expected to express their creativity and knowledge of the style by ornamenting the music, as well ...
    January 28, 2021 – Elena Zamolodchikova
    Music of the English Virginalists. Watch here, or on YouTube or Facebook Music of the late Renaissance English composers, now known as English Virginalists. The virginal, a small harpsichord, was a very popular keyboard instrument of the time in England. Elena Zamolodchikova, harpsichord (v...
    February 4, 2021 – VERITÀ
    Bach & Sons. Watch here, or on YouTube or Facebook Program details TBATaya König-Tarasevich, baroque fluteGuglielmo Dandolo Marchesi, violinEugenia Ottaviano, violinErin Kirby, violaBartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, celloJuliane Bruckmann, violoneAlexander von Heißen, harpsichord   1:1...
    February 11, 2021 – Juilliard415
    Program details TBA. Watch here, or on YouTube or Facebook Members of Juilliard's Historical Performance program   The previously scheduled concert with the Roberts, Whear, Yang Trio has been canceled due to scheduling difficulties from the pandemic. 1:15 – 2:00 pmAll concerts are fr...
    February 18, 2021 – House of Time
    The Father, the Son, and the Godfather. Watch here, or on YouTube or Facebook A musical exploration of an extended family of geniuses: Johann Sebastian Bach, his son C.P.E. Bach, and George Telemann, the elder Bach's friend and C.P.E.'s godfather. You'll hear sublime chamber works from J.S. Bach...
    February 25, 2021 – The New Consort
    Arianna/Jeremiah: Voices in Lamentation. Watch here, or on YouTube or Facebook The New Consort is excited to present a program built around two of early music’s most beautiful and influential large-scale compositions for vocal ensemble: Claudio Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna and Robert Whi...
    March 4, 2021 – Four Nations Ensemble
    Vivaldi in Paris. Loretta O'Sullivan, celloAndrew Appel, harpsichord For over four decades, The Four Nations Ensemble has brought together leading soloists, generational front-runners of period vocal and instrumental performances. Through their innovative programming, they have developed a diver...
    March 11, 2021 – Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction
    The Marvelous Mr. Meusel. Gottfried Meusel (1688-1728) was the town of Gotha’s court lutenist. Ernst Baron, who assumed the post at Gotha after Meusel’s untimely death, wrote about Meusel in his 1727 history of the lute, describing him as one of the first to really master the new cantabile st...
    March 18, 2021 – ALBA Consort
    Dancing over the Caucasus to the Sea... A journey of Medieval and Renaissance songs and dances from Persia, over the Caucasus Mountains to Armenia and the Mediterranean, seaward to Cyprus, Greece, Italy, France, North Africa, then through Iberia, dancing to the rhythms of the Atlantic. Margo Andre...
    March 25, 2021 – Arnaut Consort
    Medieval Treasure from Three Manuscripts. Medieval music from three precious manuscripts, the Llibre Vermell of Montserrat, the Manuscrit du Roi, and the Codex Faenza. The repertoire includes instrumental arrangements of traditional folk songs and rhythmic dance works as well as liturgical music ...
    April 1, 2021 – ARTEK
    O Vos Omnes Sacred music by Alessandro Grandi (1577-1630). Selections from Grandi's Motetti con Sinfonie (1621) including the solo motet O Vos Omnes, along with instrumental music of his contemporaries.   1:15 – 2:00 pmAll concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessar...
    April 8, 2021 – The Vivaldi Project
    The Early Viennese String Trio. The Vivaldi Project’s continuing exploration of the 18th-century string trio, has found its way to Vienna at the cusp of the 19th century. This program features string trios by Beethoven and his esteemed colleagues, Paul Wranitsky and Leopold Hofmann. Elizabeth F...
    April 15, 2021 – Shin, Tanimoto, Ross Trio
    Style Benders. In the 18th century the musical rivalry between France and Italy culminated in a hybrid style, famously dubbed by François Couperin as "les Goûts réunis". This program will feature works by some of these style-bending champions — J.S. Bach, G. P. Telemann, and Couperin himself...
    April 22, 2021 – Parthenia Viol Consort
    MUSIC WITH HER SILVER SOUND:Viol Consorts and Poetry in the Age of Shakespeare. In Shakespeare’s world, the viola da gamba lent its silver sound to mirth, meditation, and mourning. Join the viols of Parthenia in an exploration of the luminous fantasies of William Byrd and his contemporaries, to t...
    April 29, 2021 – Ensemble BREVE
    Sparkle & Elegance - Germany & France. An exploration of sparkling pieces composed by two of the most brilliant musical geniuses from the German Baroque – J. S. Bach and G. P. Telemann, as well as elegant suites illustrating the gracious style of the French Baroque by J. M. Leclair and ...
    May 6, 2021 – Members of the American Classical Orchestra
    Beethoven Trios. Three of the City’s celebrated and accomplished musicians from the ACO perform two of Beethoven’s most engaging chamber works.Ed Matthew, clarinetMyron Lutzke, celloDongsok Shin, fortepiano   1:15 – 2:00 pmAll concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are neces...
    May 13, 2021 – Concentus
    The Diverging Baroque Traditions. Eighteenth-century Europe was a melting pot of diverging musical traditions. Marin Marais and Jacques-Martin Hotteterre’s music showcase essences of the French tradition; Giuseppe Sammartini represents the late Baroque Italian style; and German composers Teleman...
    May 20, 2021 – Abendmusik
    Bohemian Rhapsody. Music from the Kromeriz Archive in Moravia, including some of the most popular, original and striking of all 5-part music by Heinrich Schmelzer, Biber, and Biber's colleague Pavel Vejvanovský. In his capacity as librarian and copyist, Vejvanovský, is largely to thank for asse...
    May 27, 2021 – BALAM Dance Theatre
    Passage into a Baroque Labyrinth. An imaginative entertaining pastiche of music, drama, and dance inspired by Baroque garden labyrinths. Used for walking meditations, the garden labyrinth, with its twists, turns, and hidden destinations, suggests a deeper truth behind life’s illusory facade. Mu...
    June 3, 2021 – Jude Ziliak and Elliot Figg
    Sonate guerrieri ed amorosi. More than a century before Liszt’s and Berlioz’s names became synonymous with programmatic music, Giuseppe Tartini’s instrumental evocation of Tasso and Virgil was so powerful that he himself was reported to go into a mystical trance while playing. Jude Ziliak a...
    June 9, 2021 – Dioscuri
    In furore... Dioscuri explores the darker side of Vivaldi’s personality. Intensely vivid musical portrayals of night and winter “La notte and L’inverno” are joined by Vivaldi’s gripping sacred motet, In furore iustissimae irae, which itself invokes nothing less than divine wrath and fur...
    June 16, 2021 – Karr-Yang Duo
    Trading Places. The harpsichord takes a vocal line in an aria by Bach. The violin is relegated to accompaniment in a keyboard sonata by the 8-year-old Mozart. in a sonata by Corelli, harpsichord and violin exchange short, pithy remarks, then grand virtuosic statements. This program is about “tr...
    June 24, 2021 – Violators
    Popular Consorts, Songs, and Dances. The Violators, a renegade consort of viols, recorders, voices, and “air viol” (aka English concertina), return with a repertoire of airs, consort songs, and country dances from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in Great Britain. Featuring: Lisa Terry,...
 

 

Past Events This Season

  • September 3, 2020 - Peter Walker and Christa Patton
    Watch now on Facebook or YouTube L’Isle enchantée. Our program explores the pastoral repertoire published for the musette de cour during the century or so when it was fashionable, including solo suites with continuo, duets with another treble instrument (here a flute), and songs sung while play...
    September 10, 2020 - Arnie Tanimoto & Friends
    Watch now on YouTube, or Facebook Suitte d'un Goût Étranger. Join us for an afternoon of strange and foreign music, as seen through the eyes and ears of 18th-century France: Marin Marais' monumental collection of virtuosic character pieces from his fourth book of pièces de viole. Arnie Ta...
    September 17, 2020 - Filament
    Watch now on YouTube or Facebook Harmony of Nations. Celebrating the free-flowing exchange of musical ideas among seekers and sages as well as the distinctive, newly inflected voices developed through the merger of seemingly disparate national styles. Highlights of the pro...
    September 24, 2020 - Joseph Jones & Friends
    Watch now on YouTube or Facebook View the full program Naturally Expressed in Music: the pioneering musical style of J. E. Galliard. Virtuoso oboist Johann Ernst Galliard was one among many of talented young artists who emigrated to London in the first decades of the 18th century. ...
    October 1, 2020 - The Raritan Players
    Watch now on YouTube or Facebook View the Program Sentiment and Sympathy: Music of Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy and Ignatius Sancho. The Raritan Players invite listeners into the salons and drawing rooms of eighteenth-century Paris and London. We present songs and keyboard musi...
    October 8, 2020 - Burning River Baroque
    Watch on YouTube View the program A Mad, Burning Desire. The right for women to legally appear on the English theater stage converged with early modern society’s fascination with mental illness. Mad songs consequently became quite popular, and singing them catapulted English soprano-actres...
    October 15, 2020 - Richard Kolb
    The 10-course lute: Music of Robert Ballard and Michelangelo Galilei. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program Robert Ballard (c.1572 – c.1650) was the most famous French lutenist of the first decades of the 17th century, and an important pioneer in the development of French Baroque m...
    October 22, 2020 - Scheid, Lee, Karosi, and Kim
    Sanguineus und Melancholius Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the Program The title represents the two extreme psychological states from ancient Greek medical theory: Sanguineus und Melancholius. We explore the Trio Sonata genre that vividly displays both melancholic and fiery cons...
    October 29, 2020 – Bach Ensemble in New York
    Music of the Spheres – Concert at Sanssouci. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program Music of the early Enlightenment and the late Baroque as heard at the palace of Frederick the Great. He was surrounded by many artists and musicians, and the musical events at Sanssouc...
    November 5, 2020 – Sarah Jane Kenner & Friends
    The Pandolfi Project. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program Save for a few details surrounding his employment and likely involvement in a murder, very little is known about the life of Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli. He left behind a very meager catalog; his twelve v...
    November 12, 2020 – Kevin Devine
    Historia: Tales at the Harpsichord. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program A number of the works on this program – Susannah and the Elders, Pygmalion, The Kuruc Rebellion, Jacob’s Wedding – are examples of the birth of programmatic instrumental music during the ea...
    November 19, 2020 – André Laurent O'Neil
    Gabrielli and Bach: The Scordatura Connection. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program A common cello tuning C-G-d-g in late 17th-century Bologna used by Domenico Gabrielli had become an exotic tuning by the time Bach employed it, once only, in his C minor Suite. This pr...
    December 3, 2020 – Rebecca Pechefsky
    Antonio Soler: Sonatas from the Morgan Library & Museum. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program The Morgan Library & Museum recently acquired a manuscript (Cary Ms. 703) that includes several newly discovered sonatas by the great Spanish keyboard composer Antoni...
    December 10, 2020 – Quartet Salonnières
    Shadows of Haydn. Watch on YouTube View the program This program explores the development of the string quartet by surveying the way composers from different national backgrounds conceptualized the genre: Franz Joseph Haydn from Vienna’s dominating taste for string quartets, Maddalena...
    Canceled: December 17, 2020 – Jude Ziliak & Elliot Figg
    Canceled due to the blizzard. While we had to cancel this Thursday's Live Stream, we are happy that the technology allows us to revisit past events, including an earlier appearance by Jude Ziliak at the Midtown Concerts and the final piece from last week's concert by the Quartet Salonnières. We of...
    December 31, 2020 – Rozendaal and Young
    Fugitive Fantasies, Fantastic Fugue. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program Last year's program drew a dazzling array of colors, textures, tonalities, and affects from two bass viols in the works of three composer/performers of the 17th century. This season the duo ...
    January 7, 2021 – Dan McCarthy & Friends
    Viola of Love. Watch on YouTube or Facebook View the program A viol family instrument strung with sympathetic strings, the viola d'amore has always been an instrument that evokes a particular kind of aesthetic. Leopold Mozart described it sounding “especially charming in the stillnes...
    January 14, 2021 – Francis Liu
    Solo Violin Sonatas of Ivan Khandoshkin. Watch on YouTube View the program A violinist in the court of Catherine the Great, Ivan Khandoshkin (1747–1804) is believed to have developed his craft under the tutelage of the Italian violinists who dominated the court orchestra. This c...

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are currently live streamed, followed by an intimate chat on Zoom.