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  • September 19, 2019 - Empfindsamer Trio
    An Afternoon of Bach. Written in the last year of his life, the flute quartets of C.P.E. Bach are among some of the finest offerings of the empfindsamer Stil. Bach’s treatment of the flute and viola in combination creates wonderfully warm and tender timbre and tessitura. In its debut performance,...
    September 26, 2019 - Eurasia Consort
    Sogdians Journey along the Silk Road. Among the Asians who traveled to China in early medieval times were the Sogdians. They were attracted by China's wealth and the opportunity to trade and make glorious profit along the Silk Road. Their music and vigorous dances appealed to the Chinese, who eager...
    October 3, 2019 - House of Time
    The Dream of Ulisses, the Madness of Medea. Two major classic French works for soprano and "symphonie" are the anchors for this musical flight of fancy. Elisabeth Jaquet de la Guerre was child prodigy who performed for Louis XIV at the age of five and was the first woman in France to compose an ope...
    October 10, 2019 - Collectio Musicorum
    Music of Robert Johnson--the Heretic Priest. Robert Johnson was a 16th Scottish composer/priest who escaped execution for heresy during the Reformation by escaping to England, where he continued to write music and preach. His music and memory were virtually erased from Scottish history until the mu...
    October 17, 2019 - Talisman Medieval
    Breathing Life into Medieval Icons. Join Talisman Medieval for a diverse journey through medieval sound and place. Inspired by images of musicians from manuscripts, you'll hear harps, citole, hurdy gurdy, medieval bagpipes, voices and more. We’ll perform evocative music from 12th to 15th centurie...
    October 24, 2019 - Artis Wodehouse
    A Grand 19th Century instrument: Mason & Hamlin's Liszt Organ. At the middle of the 19th Century, the US Mason & Hamlin Company developed a grand, complex, pump organ to compete with a formidable rival that had arisen in Europe, the European harmonium. Called the Liszt Organ, this new inst...
    October 31, 2019 - Dongsok Shin & Allen Whear
    Bach and Bologna. A half century before the iconic cello suites of J.S. Bach, the violoncello was emerging as a potent solo instrument in Bologna thanks to the pioneering efforts of Domenico Gabrieli and others. The Bolognese school of cello playing embraced alternate tunings, and the scordatura (G...
    November 7, 2019 - Bach Society Houston
    Bach to English! Bach Society Houston is engaged in a English language project with Bach St John Passion. This event will feature movements from St John Passion, focusing on issues surrounding singing Bach in english in effective translation. Born on St. Cecilia's day, the Grammy-nominated British...
    November 14, 2019 - Douglas Lundeen
    The Truly French Horn. French pieces written for the piston-valve French horn. The appropriate colors and nuances of this repertoire are uniquely achievable on the instrument for which the works were written. The program includes music from Saint-Saens to Poulenc.  Dr. Douglas Lundeen was mentor...
    November 21, 2019 - Academy of Sacred Drama
    Man at the Crossroads. The Academy of Sacred Drama's presentation unites an excerpt of Antonio Gianettini's monumental oratorio with a routine by classically-trained mime Tony Lopresti in the American premiere of this work. A new edition and English translation has been created for this performance...
    December 5, 2019 - The Western Wind
    Yellow Star at the Court of Mantua: The music of Salamone Hebreo (c.1570-1630) Salamone Rossi Hebreo, from a distinguished Italian Jewish family that could trace its origins back to the year 70 in Rome under Emperor Titus, was born around 1570. He was a violinist, singer, and composer at the ducal ...
    December 12, 2019 - Jessica Park & Robert Warner
    Le Violon Spirituel. Le Concert Spirituel, the Parisian concert series based at the Palais de Tullieries, served as a showcase for the new French Baroque Violin School. Composers such as Rebel, Leclair and Pagin, featured in this program, blended Italian instrumental techniques with the French danc...
    December 19, 2019 - Vox Fidelis
    Christmas in Renaissance Europe. Join Vox Fidelis as they celebrate the joy of Advent and Christmas in renaissance Europe. This season offers some of the most joyous, anticipatory, and mystical music composed. Featuring such great Renaissance composers as Palestrina, Victoria, Praetorius, and Byrd;...
    January 2, 2020 - Christa Patton & Friends
    Who is the “Other”? …Exoticism in Baroque music and dance We gaze upon the exotic characters in early entertainments through a lens fashioned by the composers and librettists themselves revealing an imagined foreigner. As in a dream these “exotics” are products of our own minds. &nb...
    January 9, 2020 - Ensemble Luini
    A Banquet for All Tastes. An assortment of musical delights from Italy, France, and Spain in the early 1500s, as well as England in the age of Elizabeth. Works by Tromboncino, Josquin, Sermisy, Francesco da Milano, Cabezón, Ortiz, Holborne, others. Ensemble Luini is named after Bernardino Luini (...
    January 16, 2020 - Chloe Fedor & Friends
    An Afternoon at the Concert Spirituel. In Paris, 1725, the Concert Spirituel emerged as one of the earliest public concert series and a cultural mecca. Though the Italian violin masters increasingly dominated the musical scene, this program features three outstanding French violinist/composers, Lec...
    January 23, 2020 - Andrew Appel, harpsichord
    A path to Francois Couperin's First Ordre. Francois Couperin in his four books of harpsichord works represents the pinnacle of beauty and mastery of his instrument. His first book, published when he was forty, is a compilation of works written over a period of 20 years and includes music in the st...
    January 30, 2020 - Galileo's Daughters
    Music in the Age of Galileo - Le Nuove Musiche. Galileo and his composer father, Vincenzo, lived in a time when the "mathematical arts" flourished and gave birth to a new form of song based on the interpretation of ancient Greek theory and declamation. Giulio Caccini's 'Le Nuove Musiche' and virtuo...
    February 6, 2020 - Hollinshead and Bass
    Sleep, Dreams and Awakenings. Sleep, Dreams and Awakenings explores, through the medium of Elizabethan lute songs and solos, various aspects of sleep: plaints of lovers who long to rest their “weary weeping eyes,” frolics of suitors stealing a kiss from a (possibly) sleeping lover, and blissful...
    February 13, 2020 - Hesperus
    Fin'amor: The Myth of Courtly Love. In the Middle Ages, Courtly Love was many things; a poetic ideal, a civilizing influence, a spiritual discipline; a wealth of lyrics and romances produced and read by men and women sharing an elaborate feudal ritual. But how did it manifest in daily life, where l...
    February 20, 2020 - Cynthia Roberts & Yi-heng Yang
    Music by Mozart and Schubert for Violin and Fortepiano. Cynthia Roberts and Yi-heng Yang perform a selection of pieces composed by Mozart and Schubert for violin and fortepiano.   Cynthia Roberts is one of America’s leading baroque violinists, appearing as soloist, concertmaster, an...
    February 27, 2020 - Christina Kay & Jimmy Mora Silva
    La Canción de Arte. Spanish Art Song was embraced around the world, including by England, France, Italy, and Latin America. This program includes selections from the 16th through the early 19th centuries and explores the traditions these songs picked up as they made their winding journey through S...
    March 5, 2020 - Bud Roach
    Cazzati and Frenemies. Maurizio Cazzati (1637-1678) did two things very well: he wrote beautiful music and had a knack for making enemies. This programme of music for tenor and theorbo includes music and readings from Cazzati and his contemporaries in Bologna and beyond. Canadian tenor and theorbis...
    March 12, 2020 - Pomerium
    Gregorian Chant and Amazing Motets from German-Speaking Lands. Not Chromatic/Way Chromatic presents some of the highlights of the Gregorian chant repertoire as it is preserved in German sources of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as three amazing chromatic motets by Jacobus Handl, Hans Leo ...
    March 19, 2020 - Daphna Mor with Martha McGaughey, Arthur Haas and Daniel Lee
    Masters of the Baroque. Masters of the Baroque is a program of High Baroque solo and chamber instrumental music, with its exquisite melodies and thrilling virtuosity, which we all share the love and passion for. Daphna Mor has performed throughout Europe and the United States as both a soloist and...
    March 26, 2020 - ALBA Consort
    Looking East, Looking West: The Journey of a Troubadour. ALBA retraces the routes of Mediterranean music. Just as Galecian composer Martim Codex was compelled to journey to the south of Iberia in search of Arabic mysticism, ALBA explores the melodies and poetry from Al Andalus to southern France, ...
    April 2, 2020 - Vivi Cantando
    Sea Change. "Nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange." -William Shakespeare  This program centers around the term "Sea Change," coined from Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Each piece presents a woman undergoing a metamorphosis or transf...
    April 9, 2020 - ARTEK **Special one time Holy Week concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 E. 88th St.**
    Holy Week Concert. The Midtown Concerts holy week tradition continues with a special one-time performance at Immanuel Lutheran Church featuring ARTEK. Please note: This concert will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 E. 88th street, on Lexington Avenue. Audiences love ARTEK concerts for the...
    April 16, 2020 - Tableau Vivant
    Telemann in Paris Part III. In 1737 Georg Philip Telemann journeyed to Paris at the enthusiastic and long-standing invitation of four distinguished French musicians: the flutist Michel Blavet, the violinist Jean-Pierre Guignon, the gambist Jean-Baptiste Forqueray, and a cellist/harpsichordist known...
    April 23, 2020 - Concordian Dawn
    Illicit Behavior. Descriptions of people, governments, and religious institutions behaving badly abound in the middle ages. This program explores music that depicts deviant and morally questionable behavior, songs of sex and lust, bastard children, murderous acts, greed, and malice. Featuring selec...
    April 30, 2020 - Clea Galhano & Jacques Ogg
    L’ Arte de Suonare”Virtuoso works from different nations. Clea Galhano, accompanied by Jacques Ogg, perform a variety of pieces from composers John H. Schmelzer, Johann Jakob Froberger, Mancini and Bach, spanning from Austria, Germany to Italy. Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an int...
    May 7, 2020 - Jonathan Salamon
    Against All Odds: Important Women Composers of the Baroque. These three composers—Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre in Paris; Anna Bon di Venezia in Germany; and Marianna Martines in Vienna—were counted among the musical luminaries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This concert featur...
    May 14, 2020 - Trobár
    Songbook for a King. Trobár presents the story of the Manuscrit du Roi, a multi-layered, 13th-c. anthology of troubadour and trouvère songs, instrumental pieces, and polyphony including motets and chansons. Explore with us the fascinating history, beautiful images, and diverse music of a songboo...
    May 21, 2020 - BALAM Dance Theatre
    Passage into a Baroque Labyrinth. "Passage in a Baroque Labyrinth" is a program of music, drama, and dance inspired by Baroque garden and church labyrinths and mazes. Used for walking meditations in which a person encounters many twists and turns symbolizing life's journey, the center of the struc...
    May 28, 2020 - Parthenia Viol Consort | LeStrange Viols
    Astride Peace and War - the music of John Jenkins, Master of the Musicke Art. Renowned as a composer and for his instrumental virtuosity on the viola da gamba and lute, John Jenkins produced a wealth of fun, flashy, and tuneful music for intimate ensembles of just a few players. Our concert will f...
    June 4, 2020 - Mango Baroque
    Saints and Sinners: Sacred Baroque music by Italian Women. With Saints and Sinners, Mango celebrates female composers of late 17th Century and early 18th Century Italy. These women were not only established performers and composers, they also had their music printed for public dissemination at a t...
    June 11, 2020 - Satono Norizuki & Patricia-Ann Neely
    Codex Faenza and That Time.  The Codex Faenza, an early 15th century Italian manuscript, contains the oldest surviving collection of keyboard music. The program includes little-known liturgical and secular works in the late medieval period in Italy, France, Germany, England, and Japan.  ...
    June 18, 2020 - Violators
    The "Air Viol" returns. Violators return with a repertoire of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish music from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Featuring: Gene Murrow, "air viol", recorders Lisa Terry, viol Pat Neely, viol Wen Yang, viol Loren Ludwig, viol Ruth Cunni...
    June 25, 2020 - Concentus
    Essercizii Musici  The Essercizii Musici by Telemann is one of the most accomplished collection of chamber music written in the late Baroque. It consists of 24 works composed for various combination of instruments. They are all very well crafted music even though Telemann has aimed for amateur...

 

 

Past Events This Season

  • September 5, 2019 - Vivaldi Project
    Discovering the Classical String Trio. The Vivaldi Project presents the rarely explored genre of the classical string trio. While modern audiences are familiar with Mozart's grand Divertimento in E-flat and the op. 9 trios by Beethoven, The Vivaldi Project introduces mostly unknown, but important c...
    September 12, 2019 - Gwendolyn Toth
    Organ music 1450-1650 Organ music from the earliest sources such as Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Kleber Tabulatur, Klagenfurter Tabulatur, and Luneburg Tabulatur. Gwendolyn Toth, organ   1:15 - 2:00 pmAll concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's ...

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

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

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