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Abendmusik, New York’s Early Music String Band

2018-2019 Season

Abendmusik

Veni, vidi, vici Venetia!

An exploration of the Italian composers who were well-known for cultivating the canzona form including, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Priuli, Francesco Usper, Biagio Marini, G. B. Riccio, Giovanni Picchi, Dario Castello, Massimiliano Neri, and Francesco Cavalli.

with guest Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
(just south of Christopher Street)
Manhattan

Tickets:
$20 general; $10 students & seniors

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Lawes and Jenkyns Guard Thy Rest* Part II

The Age of the Industrial Revolution, is defined as a time in which society looked toward the future and rejected the past. At the same time, the Arts & Crafts movement was started by a group of decorative artists, led by William Morris, who rejected the artistic endeavors of the age and looked toward the past for creative inspiration. The leaders of this movement encouraged Arnold Dolmetsch to pursue his interest in reviving instruments and repertoire from the 17th century. Dolmetsch's connection to the British Library lent him access to extant manuscripts including those attributed to Henry VIII as well the compositions of John Jenkins and William Lawes, among others. We continue our exploration of Lawes and Jenkins, the two great masters of English consort repertoire; and Arnold Dolmetsch who moved Ezra Pound to exclaim, "Lawes and Jenkyns guard thy rest, Dolmetsch ever be thy guest."*

*Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI

Friday, May 31 at 8pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
(just south of Christopher Street)
Manhattan

Tickets:
$20 general; $10 students & seniors

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Past Events This Season

Kammermusik for Abendmusik

Abendmusik (German for "evening music", plural Abendmusiken) is an evening concert, usually performed in a church. Specifically, this designation refers to a series of performances at the St. Mary's Church, Lübeck (Marienkirche), Germany, begun in the 17th century and lasting until 1810.

New York’s period instrument string band Abendmusik recreates “Abendmusik” presenting chamber music that would have been heard in this concert series and popular in 17th century Germany. The program will feature works by Johann Pachebel, Johann Caspar Kerll, Ignaz Rupert Mayr, David Funck, Johann Michael Nicolai, and others.

The members of Abendmusik: Judson Griffin, Malgorzata Zienmnicka, violins; Patricia Ann Neely, Carlene Stober, violas da gamba will be joined by Adam Young, finalist in the 2018 Bach/Abel Viola da gamba Competition – Köthen for an evening of chamber music with rich harmonies, surprising textures, and spirited displays of virtuosity.

with guest Adam Young, viola da gamba

Thursday, November 15 at 8pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
(just south of Christopher Street)
Manhattan

Tickets:
$20 general; $10 students & seniors

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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.