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ARTEK 2019-2020 Season

fantini artbandNoTypeFANTINI FUTURO

Old/New Music from Ben Neill and ARTEK

Thursday, September 26 at 8 pm

Roulette Interpretations Series
509 Atlantic Avenue (Corner of Third Avenue)

Fantini Futuro is an audio-visual performance piece for composer Ben Neill’s electro-acoustic mutantrumpet, with countertenor Ryland Angel and organist/harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toth, together with interactive projections. A musical celebrity in his time, Girolamo Fantini’s Modo per Imparare a Sonare di Tromba (1638) was one of the earliest collections of music written for solo trumpet and provides the source material for Ben Neill’s fantastical new piece that draws connections between early baroque musical/architectural vocabularies and minimalist patterns and processes. Fantini Futuro remixes and collages Fantini’s material both compositionally and in real time during the 40-minute performance, transforming it into a contemporary expression.

Tickets: $15-$20
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A true story of a life more dramatic than a baroque opera

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm

Alchemical Studios, Studio One
104 West 14th Street

Trained in art by her father, raped as a teenager, Artemisia survived a sensational trial to become an internationally renowned painter, and the secret lover of a Florentine nobleman. Artemisia is portrayed by singer/actress Sarah Chalfy, with libretto by playwright Nahma Sandrow, baroque music by Barbara Strozzi, and staging by Paul Peers.

“On stage, Artemisia is also vengeful, but philosophical, and ultimately joyful. She sings of fate and destiny and, as she did so, I was moved, included, inspired, comforted.” —Phyllis Chesler, noted feminist writer

Tickets: $35

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Festive Venetian Christmas Mass

Saturday, December 28 at 8 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7 pm: Dr. Jeffrey Kurtzman

Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 West 46th Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)

More magnificent Monteverdi from ARTEK! A monumental Mass of the early baroque master, Claudio Monteverdi, together with Christmas and Marian motets and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, and others in the grand concerted style of Venetian music for the great holidays of the church. Sixteen singers and sixteen instrumentalists will perform under the direction of Gwendolyn Toth using improvised ornamentation on the cutting edge of historical performance practice. Music includes not only the Missa in Illo Tempore of 1610, the companion piece published with Monteverdi’s Vespers, but also Monteverdi’s splendid Gloria a 7, grand sinfonias, echo music, polychoral spatial music, and haunting florid solos, all in the glorious acoustics at Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

Musicologist Jeffrey Kurtzman, who has collaborated in selecting the music for this concert, will give a pre-concert talk on the vocal/instrumental performance practice of Italian masses in Monteverdi’s time, including their incorporation of non-liturgical motets and instrumental music, as you will experience in the concert itself. If you enjoy Monteverdi’s Vespers, this Mass for the Virgin will not disappoint. Join us for the outstanding 17th-century concert of the season!

Tickets (reserved seating):
$75 ~ Preferred Seats
$50/$35/$25 ~ reserved seats
$10 ~ extreme rear seats & partial view

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Elias van Nijmegen Baroque Instruments CopyHUNTING WITH BACH
Hunt Cantata & Brandenburg Concerto no. 1

Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 pm

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
3 West 65th Street (at Central Park West)


The music of Johann Sebastian Bach never fails to inspire and uplift us, whether intended for the church or the court. ARTEK presents a program of the celebratory secular cantata BWV 208 "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd," known as the Hunt Cantata, and the splendid Brandenburg Concerto no. 1, two works that display the baroque horn. The Hunt Cantata features soprano Laurie Heimes as Diana, goddess of the hunt; soprano Clara Rottsolk as Pales, goddess of the flocks; bass-baritone Peter Becker as Pan, god of rustic nature; and tenor Andrew Fuchs as the handsome young shepherd Endymion. ARTEK will also perform the birthday aria rediscovered in 2005, "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn," BWV 1127, written for the birthday of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar in 1713.

Tickets (reserved seating):
$50 ~ Preferred Seats
$35 ~ Center Mid 1
$30 ~ Center Mid 2 & Sides
$20 ~ Center Rear & Far Sides (including partial view)

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Buxtehude’s chamber music trios

Buxtehude trios

Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm: Dr. Sara Ruhle Kyle

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
3 West 65th Street (at Central Park West)


Stylus fantasticus, marked by its improvisatory freedom within the bounds of a rhetorical structure, found its highest expression in the works of Dietrich Buxtehude. The powerful burghers of the Free City of Lübeck enjoyed a lively intellectual and cultural life with frequent concerts; Buxtehude’s stylus fantasticus chamber music truly flourished in this free-spirited Hanseatic atmosphere of innovative musical expression. Four virtuoso performers – Cynthia Freivogel, violin, Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba, Daniel Swenberg, theorbo, and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord – bring you an evening of exceptional baroque chamber music.

Tickets (reserved seating):
$50 ~ Preferred Seats
$35 ~ Center Mid 1
$30 ~ Center Mid 2 & Sides
$20 ~ Center Rear & Far Sides (including partial view)

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Exploring the madrigal repertoire

Wednesdays in May at 7 pm (exact dates TBA)

17 Frost Gallery
17 Frost Street

Madrigal Madness is an ongoing project bringing together ARTEK's seasoned professionals with young artists in the preparation of a madrigal program - often featuring rarely heard madrigal gems, and featuring audience talks with musicologist and Italian madrigal expert Barbara Hanning, and others. Watch for announcements in April about our 2020 young artists and programming!

$20 ~ General Admission

Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2020

Jewish Musicians at the courts of England and Italy

ARTEK & Parthenia


ARTEK Parthenia

Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm

Ansche Chesed Synagogue
251 West 100th Street
(Between West End Ave & Broadway)

NYC ensembles ARTEK and Parthenia, A Viol Consort reprise their highly acclaimed collaboration performing English & Italian music by Jewish composers of the Renaissance and early baroque. Madrigals, motets, fantasies, and dances by Salamone Rossi, Lupo, and several members of the Bassano family. If you missed last spring’s sold-out performance, here’s another chance to hear this fabulous music.

ARTEK: Laurie Heimes, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; Jonas Budris, tenor; Peter Becker, bass-baritone; Charles Weaver, lute; Motomi Igarashi, viol; and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord

Parthenia: Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley, and Lisa Terry

Tickets (general admission by section):
$50 ~ Front section
$25 ~ Floor & Balcony
$10 ~ Side seats (these seats do not face the stage)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the balcony will not be available for the Waters of Babylon concert.

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