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Melodeon (October 10)
Duo Marchand (October 17)
John Moran & Dongsok Shin (October 24)
Trio Coprario (October 31)
Concordian Dawn (November 7)
Broken Consort (November 14)
Gretchen’s Muse (November 21)
Black Marble (December 5)
My Lord Chamberlains Consort (December 12)
Vox Fidelis (December 19)
Avla Harmoniae (January 2)
Musicians at the Spanish Gate (January 9)
Pascal Valois (January 16)
Trefoil (January 23)
Concitato (January 30)
Opera Feroce (February 6)
Abendmusik (February 13)
Siren Baroque (February 20)
Karen Marmer (February 27)
Grand Harmonie (March 6)
ARTEK (March 13)
Bartram/Jennings Duo (March 20)
Ensemble Breve (March 27)
Diderot String Quartet (April 3)
Sinfonia (April 10)
ARTEK (April 17)
Lyra Consort (April 24)
Laura Heimes (May 1)
Elena Zamolodchikova (May 8)
New York Classical Quartet (May 22)
Corda Nuova (May 29)
Skid Rococo (June 5)
Musica Nuova (June 12)

  • September 3, 2020 - Peter Walker and Christa Patton
    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 playing the musette, as well as solo wo...
    September 10, 2020 - Arnie Tanimoto and Friends
    Suitte d'un Goût Étranger This program will explore Marin Marais' monumental collection of virtuosic character pieces from his fourth book of pièces de viole. Join us for an afternoon of strange and foreign music, as seen through the eyes and ears of 18th-century France. Arnie Tanimoto, viola d...
    September 17, 2020 - Filament
    Harmony of Nations If you find yourself in need of a break from the fire hydrant blast of the current moment, immerse yourself instead in creative streams, prolific in another time when seekers and sages alike traveled great distances, crossing borders and cultural thresholds in a quest for musical...
    September 24, 2020 - Joseph Jones
    "Naturally Expressed in Music" -- the pioneering musical style of J. E. Galliard Virtuoso oboist Johann Ernst Galliard was one of the wave of talented young artists who emigrated to London in the first decades of the 18th century. We explore his lyric and danceable style through his bassoon sonatas...
    October 1, 2020 - Jefferson Carriage
    From a Leather Bound Volume Music for violin and keyboard from Thomas Jefferson's library, offering a glimpse of entertainments enjoyed at home and at public concerts in Colonial America. Ranging from early Baroque to the Enlightenment, selections from Jefferson's personally bound volume, with othe...
    October 8, 2020 - Burning River Baroque
    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-actresses to fame as they portrayed characters w...
    October 15, 2020 - Richard Kolb, lute
    The 10-course lute: Music of Robert Ballard and Michelangelo Galilei 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 musical style. His music consists primarily of stylized ver...
    October 22, 2020 - Edson Scheid, Seula Lee, Balint Karosi, Ana Kim
    Sanguineus und Melancholius From the nickname of the last piece on our program, the title of our program represents the two extreme psychological states from medical theory from the ancient Greeks, Sanguineus und Melancholius. In this program, we will explore the Trio Sonata genre that vividly disp...
    October 29, 2020 - Bach Ensemble in New York
    Music of the Sphere – Concert at Sanssouci This afternoon you will hear the music of the early Enlightenment Age and the late Baroque period. As the soul figure of Prussia, Frederick the Great has been surrounded by many artists and musicians. The musical events at his residency is a blend and mi...
    November 5, 2020 - Sarah Jane Kenner, violin
    The Pandolfi Project Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli remains a man of mystery. Save for a few details surrounding the composer's employment and his likely involvement in a murder, very little is known about his life. He also left behind a very meager catalog, with his twelve violin sonatas account...
    November 12, 2020 - Kevin Devine, harpsichord
    Historia: Tales at the Harpsichord Susannah and the Elders, Pygmalion, The Kuruc rebellion, Jacob’s wedding.The birth of programmatic instrumental music during the early modern era resulted in some incredibly engaging and enigmatic harpsichord repertoire. I have selected music from the 16th-18th ...
    November 19, 2020 - Andre Laurent O'Neil
    Gabrielli and Bach: The Scordatura Connection 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 program contrasts two approaches to the cello as a solo instrument, just ...
    December 3, 2020 - Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord
    Antonio Soler: Sonatas from the Pierpont Morgan Library The Pierpont Morgan Library recently acquired a manuscript (Cary Ms. 703) that includes several newly discovered sonatas by the great Spanish keyboard composer Antonio Soler. This program will include six sonatas from Cary Ms. 703, as well as ...
    December 10, 2020 - Quartet Salonnières
    Shadows of Haydn This program will explore the development of the string quartet looking at how composers from different national backgrounds conceptualized the genre; Franz Joseph Haydn from Vienna’s dominating taste of string quartets, Maddalena Sirmen from the Venice Ospedale education system ...
    March 18, 2021 - ALBA Consort
    Dancing over the Caucasus to the Sea... "Dancing over the Caucasus to the Sea..." is 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, danci...
    April 15, 2021
      Ensemble TBA     1:15 - 2:00 pmAll concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church50th St. and Park Avenue  ...
    April 22, 2020 - 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 th...
    May 13, 2021 - 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...
    May 27, 2021 - BALAM Dance Theatre
    Passage into a Baroque Labyrinth. "Passage into a Baroque Labyrinth" is 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 trut...
    June 3, 2021 - 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 24, 2021 - 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...

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.

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.

**Hall is fully accessible**