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Giovanniana!Washington Cornett Sackbutt Ensemble

If you were a musician in Venice ca. 1600-30, you would have been surrounded by many people named Giovanni. Among them, a posse formed around Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612), who was the town’s most influential church musician, with a strong reputation that attracted musicians far and wide to study with him. This program includes some exciting instrumental music making use of both sonic spatial effects and flashy virtuosity from the pen of Gabrieli, his colleage Giovanni Bassano, and his pupils Giovanni Priuli, Giovanni Cesare, and Giovanni Picchi.

Considered one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in North America, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble (WCSE), directed by Michael Holmes, consists of historic brass instrument specialists based in Washington D.C., performing extensively and in high demand since 1998 in the Eastern U.S. with some of the more prominent historic vocal and instrumental groups in the American early music community. www.earlybrassdc.org

Stanley Curtis, cornetto
Patrick O'Connell, cornetto
Michael Holmes, cornetto & tenor sackbut
Barry Bocaner, alto & tenor sackbut
Aaron Moats, tenor sackbut
David Searle, tenor sackbut
Bozena Jedrzejczak-Brown, continuo keyboardist


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

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


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 St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.