2011 – 2012 Season

Saturday, September 17th2011, 8:00pm

 The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street

The Ornament of the World

Ensemble Lipzodes with guest artist José Lemos

As New York City commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we join The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in recalling an era of unprecedented civic harmony among the three Abrahamic faiths in pre-Expulsion Spain. Acclaimed Brazilian countertenor José Lemos joins noted period-instrument ensemble Lipzodes in a concert of music from the period of the convivencia (c. 750 – 1492 CE), sung in Hebrew, Castilian and Arabic.

The event, inspired by the best-selling book Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in pre-Expulsion Spain by Yale University Sterling Professor of Humanities Maria Rosa Menocal, will include a pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM.

Juan Carlos Arango: shawm, txicotén, Jose Lemos: countertenor, Tomas Lozano: hurdy-gurdy, percussion, Anna Marsh: shawm, recorder, percussion, Kelsey Schilling: recorder, txicotén, 

Daniel Stein: rebab, violin, vielle

Saturday, October 29th 2011, 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

Chamber Music of the French Court 

Juilliard415 faculty member and harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss leads the ensemble in intimate masterworks from the age of Versailles. The elegant mirrored hall of the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium provides the perfect setting for works of Clerambault, Couperin, Francouer, Marais and Rameau. 

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Sunday, November 13th 2011, 4:00pm
The Church of the Epiphany

1393 York Ave. at 74th Street

From Lübeck to Leipzig 

Larry J. Long, organ

Works of JS Bach and his contemporaries, including Georg Böhm, Nicolaus Bruhns, and Dieterich Buxtehude
Title Page of The Songs of Solomon, Venice, 1623

Sunday, November 20th 2011, 4:00pm
Congregation Shearith Israel
8 West 70th Street

From Ghetto to Palazzo
Vocal Works of Salamone Rossi Hebreo

Salon/Sanctuary's original program of works by the Jewish-Italian composer Salamone Rossi, (c. 1570 – 1630), is back by popular demand, with soloists of the Clarion Society. The performance will feature both liturgical works in Hebrew composed for the synagogue and secular Italian madrigals composed for the Gonzaga court.

Sacred music for secret services and exquisite madrigals for a decadent court offer a perspective on the timeless balance between tradition and assimilation.

This concert takes place in the exquisite and historic Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, with windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and home to New York's first Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel.

Online ticketing for this event has ended. 
Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 3:30 pm Sunday.

Online ticketing for this event has ended. 
Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 3:30 pm Sunday.

Saturday, December 10th 2011, 8:00pm

Church of the Epiphany

Cristo è nato

Lauding the Nativity in Medieval Florence

The Trefoil Trio

The ancient themes of the Christmas season -- Advent, Nativity, Epiphany -- find eloquent voice in this program of 14th-century laude. Carols, mass movements, narrative poems, and songs of praise and prayer, arranged for lute, psaltery, voices, gittern, and medieval harps. 

A Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Special Event
Saturday, December 17th 2011, 8:00pm
Internationally renowned actor 
Matthew Modine
TONY Nominee 
Melissa Errico

Obie award winner Kathleen Chalfant

More Between Heaven and Earth
A benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church and State

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

Members of the Clarion Society Orchestra

guest soloists Jessica Gould, soprano and Karim Sulayman, tenor

Stage Director Erica Gould

Matthew Modine and Melissa Errico star in a dramatic presentation drawn from the Jefferson/Cosway letters, intertwined with the performance of music mentioned in their correspondence, including works by Sacchini, Hewitt, and rarely heard compositions by Cosway herself.

Protean genius and primary architect of the Doctrine of Separation of Church and State, Jefferson was also an accomplished violinist and four-year resident of Paris before he became our third President.  His romance with the married, Italian-born painter/composer/ musician Maria Cosway during his post as Minister Plenipotentiary to France leaves a trove of letters which render the soundscape of the French Revolution with startling precision.

Music research by Jessica Gould, Script by Erica Gould

A gala reception will follow the performance
A gala reception will follow the performance.
Sunday, January 29th, 3:00pm
The Chapel of St. Bart's, 325 Park Avenue (at East 51st St.)
La Serenissima
Music of Venice and Her Others

The Most Serene Republic maintained an extraordinary level of civil peace throughout its long reign as the dominant power of the Mediterranean.  With an economy fueled by diversity, an Arabic School, an Armenian Church, and Dalmatian colonies provided just a few of the non-western voices of the Venetian seicento.  Motets of Strozzi, Rigatti, and Monteverdi performed in alternation with music of the Turkish, Armenian, and Dalmatian communities offer a window onto the Venetian mosaic.

Jessica Gould, soprano: Daniel Swenberg, theorbo: Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord


The Rose of The Compass Ensemble
Nina Stern, recorders & chalumeau: Ara Dinkjian, oud: Glen Velez, percussion

Please join us for a weekend of Italian baroque discoveries!  

 Friday, February 24th, 8:00pm

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St. b/w First and York
 The Evolution 
of the Concerto Grosso 

Monica Huggett leads the ensemble in works of Boccherini, Muffat, and van Wassenaer, and Stradella, including the American premiere of Stradella, Concerto Grosso in D Major for 2 Violins, Lute, & Strings.

Guest soloist Dieter Hennings, lute and guitar

Stradella, Concerto Grosso in D major for Two Violins, Lute, and Strings
Van Wassenaer, Concerto Armonico No. 6 in E-flat major
Georg Muffat, Concerto No. 12 in G Major: “Propitia Sydera”

Van Wassenaer, Concerto Armonico No. 5 in F minor

Boccherini, Sinfonia Concertante in C Major, Op. 7

Sunday, February 26th, 3:00pm
The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue

Sacred Discoveries from The Age of Revolution
Jessica Gould, soprano & Meg Bragle, mezzo
Marika Holmqvist, Joan Plana, Tatiana Daubek & Adriane Post, violins
Will Frampton,viola
Ezra Seltzer, cello & Gabe Shuford, harpsichord

The Passion story as told by its female protagonists, as heard through recently discovered eighteenth-century repertoire.

Ferrandini, Il Pianto di Maria

Pergolesi, La Maddalena al Sepolcro

Ristori, Canto Divoti Affetti

Friday, March 23rd, 8:00pm
The Liederkranz Club Concert Hall
6 East 87th Street
Second Floor

The Classical Romantic

Rufus Müller, tenor
Cynthia Roberts, violin
Allen Whear, cello
Christoph Hammer, fortepiano

The four renowned artists perform works of Beethoven and those who came before and after, including Haydn, Burgmüller & Kleinheinz.

Saturday, April 28th, 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st St.

Robert Mealy, violin
Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe
Dominic Teresi, bassoon
Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord

A quartet of virtuosi performs German and Bohemian masterworks in the intimate mirrored hall of The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.

GF Handel, Trio Sonata in B-flat major Op. 2, No. 3
CPE Bach, Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, Wq 135
JS Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 863
Zelenka, Trio Sonata in B-flat major, ZWV 181/3
Teleman, Trio Sonata in G minor, from Essercizii Musici

JS Bach, Sonata for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1015

Please join us for our Season Finale concert and post-concert celebration!
Sunday, May 20th, 4:00pm
The Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street
The Musical World of Ben Franklin

Julianne Baird, soprano
Allen Whear, cello
John Bailey, harpsichord
Ed Mauger, narrator

Ben Franklin attended concerts and operas, promoted emerging American musicians, and invented a musical instrument that became the rage of Europe. “National Artistic Treasure” Julianne Baird brings his musical world to life in this program of music and readings.

This event is co-presented by The Fraunces Tavern® Museum.  The performance will take place in the Museum's Flag Gallery.

Come celebrate with us!
After the performance, head downstairs and join the performers in a three-course repast in a private dining room of the Fraunces Tavern Restaurant.  

Your (tax-deductible) ticket to dinner will support the concert series and cap off our third season in Manhattan's oldest structure, built in 1719.  Bid adieu to the season where George Washington said farewell to his troops!

Special Benefit Event
The Gallery at Serendipity Wines, 1585 First Avenue at 83rd St.

Charles Weaver, lute and baroque guitar
recitals followed by a wine tasting and reception

Enjoy a short recital by one of early music's most esteemed performers, followed by a sampling of selections from Serendipity's exquisite collection paired with gourmet cheeses.

Wednesday, July 18th 7:00pm
Transcriptions of DesPrez and Dances of de Murcia
This performance is sold out.

Thursday, July 26th 7:00pm
The Golden Age of English Lute Music: Works of Dowland, Byrd and contemporaries.
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Tickets will be available at the door.

All tickets are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  Seating is limited.  Reservations will be held at the door.
Wednesday, July 18th
The 7/18 performance featuring transcriptions of Josquin des Prez (1455 – 1521) and dances of Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739) is sold out.
Wednesday, July 18th
The 7/18 performance featuring transcriptions of Josquin des Prez (1455 – 1521) and dances of Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739) is sold out.
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