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Rhine Journey: German Music for Viols and Harpsichord

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Empire Viols explores the Rhine through haunting, tuneful music of German composers before Bach. The tour includes variations by virtuoso gambist August Kühnel and two Rhine pieces; renowned gambist Johannes Schenck's “Le nymphe di Rheno” and Johann Jakob Froberger's travelogue, “Le passage du Rhin.” Transcriptions of Bach complete the trip.

Martha McGaughey, Carlene Stober ~ viols
Arthur Haas ~ harpsichord

Founded in 1994, Empire Viols focuses on the rich repertoire for two viols and harpsichord, expanding it with adventurous transcriptions of music originally for other instruments. The ensemble performs in the Northeast United States and beyond and was featured on composer Debra Kaye's debut CD, “And So It Begins.”

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

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

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 in person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street, New York City, AND live streamed.