2017 – 2018 Season Highlights
Loose Canon

Balancing répertoire treasured and unexpected, our ninth season loosens the canon and visits sites unseen. Our family of early music visionaries expands to include new practitioners from across the globe, and we welcome new partnerships to our roster of collaborating institutions.

We look forward to seeing you.

To reserve tickets by phone, please call 1 888 718 4253. Doors open one half hour before performance time.

Thursday, November 16th  8:00pm

The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South


Most recently presented at Temple Emanu-El in partnership with the Carnegie Hall La Serenissima Festival, in Italy at the Teatro all'Antica di Sabbioneta and the Great Synagogue of Florence, we are honored to partner with historic Brotherhood Synagogue in presenting the fourth annual New York performance of From Ghetto to Cappella.

While the Inquisition raged throughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were more porous than impenetrable. A lively dialogue between Jewish and Catholic musical cultures traversed the forbidding walls and enriched the music of both Synagogue and Sanctuary at a time of great oppression.

Works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and unaccompanied Hebrew chants attest to a vibrant conversation, as do selections from the 1759 Hebrew libretto of Handel's Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer's death.

 

Jessica Gould, soprano & Elena Biscuola, mezzo-soprano; Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba; Charles Weaver, theorbo; Elliott Figg, harpsichord


Members of Brotherhood Synagogue should call the synagogue office for a special discount code.

Fatima Gozlan

Tuesday, December 12th 7:30pm

The Bernie Wohl Center of Goddard Riverside

647 Columbus Avenue

 

The region of Northern Africa to the west of Egypt, once known as the Barbary Coast and later, the Maghreb, nurtured a volatile mix of Phoenician, Carthaginian, and later Berber, Jewish, and Arabic cultures. Its most legendary city a sacrifice to Rome’s founding, its more recent turmoil the troubled heir of European colonialization.

 

An ethnic cauldron and brutal colonialism forged a vibrant and kaleidoscopic musical tradition that lives on to this day. Please join us for our second collaboration with Afro Roots Tuesdays, as we welcome an ensemble of  gifted musicians of Algerian, Tunisian, and Morrocan origin, for an early music concert surely unlike any Other.


 


Ensemble Sharq Takht

Fatima Gozlan: ney, percussion, vocals; Marandi Hostetter: violin; Brian Prunka: oud; John Murchison: bass; Simon Moushabeck: percussion/accordion

Lady of Carthage: Roman mosaic
Carthage National Museum, Tunis

Saturday, December 16th 8:00pm

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street

 

The capital of Tunisia was once the legendary city of Carthage. Its Queen Dido, loved and abandoned by Aeneas on his mission to found Rome, inspired countless musical masterworks from the baroque era to Berlioz. This concert alternates cantatas dedicated to the Carthaginian Queen with the Arabic form of improvisation known as Taksim, as two historically informed ensembles – one western and the other Tunisian, share a stage, offering a new perspective on Dido the misused monarch and the site of Northern Africa as both exploited resource and object of fantasy in the Western European mythscape.

 

Traditional Taksim, works of Cavalli, Montéclair, Strozzi, Vinci and others

 

Jessica Gould, soprano

Aaron Brown & Amie Weiss, violins

Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba

Kenneth Merrill, harpsichord


Fatima Gozlan, ney & percussion

Brian Prunka, oud



Davide Pozzi at Palazzo Bardi
Nathan Smith, photographer

Thursday, January 18 6:00pm

The Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue


Italian harpsichordist Davide Pozzi (grace and fluency abounding – Early Music Review) performs JS Bach, The Goldberg Variations in a special performance, free and open to the public, at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.


The concert, co-produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, celebrates the release of Mr. Pozzi's most recent CD of The Goldberg Variations on the Pan Classics Label. CDs will be available for purchase after the performance.


Tickets are free but only 100 seats are available and reservations are required.


Engraving from Les Rhétoriques des Dieux
Tuesday, April 17th 7:00pm 
NYU Maison Française
16 Washington Mews   

Born out of the salons of the Grand Siècle, the 1652 manuscript called La Rhetorique des Dieux by Denis Gaultier offers an impressive synthesis of music, mythology, engraving, gold work, prose, and poetry. 

Weaving ravishing music with the spoken word, Boston-based lutenist Catherine Liddell mines the mythological roots of lute repertoire of Versailles, one golden age mirrored in another.

This concert is made possible in part by the generous co-sponsorship of NYU Maison Française 

Photo of Pascal Valois by François Latulippe.

Thursday, April 26th 7:00pm

NYU Maison Française

16 Washington Mews

 

Contemporaneously with Napoleon’s rise, “Guitaromanie” reached its height in salons throughout the French capital. 


Whether for Fernando Sor’s new fantasia or Louis-Ange Carpentras’s arrangements of operas, new guitar works were entusiastically embraced, opening a new world of repertoire to the freshly empowered bourgeois musicians of post-Revolutionary era. 


Thanks to its clarity, precision, richness, and diversity, its dramatic twists and turns, this Parisian music is as fresh today as it was to the post-Ancien Régime world.

 

This concert is made possible in part by the generous co-sponsorship of NYU Maison Française.