"A pleasing symmetry...A dramatic intensity" – The New York Times          "Impeccably curated" – Time Out New York          "One of the most consistently innovative and rewarding series in town" – Ariama                "Productions that have rapidly become a favorite destination of New York’s early music crowd"  – MusicWeb International                   "Impeccably curated…this bold, enterprising series, which hosts first-rate performances of underexposed music in historically resonant settings" –Time Out NY          "Terrific performances in an atmospheric venue, small enough to feel you are part of a salon concert at a private home: what more can you ask of an evening’s entertainment?" – Seen and Heard International          "A pleasingly mathematical elegance in a swift-moving performance, without overstatement or extraneity" – Billevesées           "We've said it before and we'll say it again. Jessica Gould, Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, has some of the most original programming around town and has expanded our musical taste in exciting new directions."––Voce di Meche
The 2012 – 2013 Season

Friday, September 28th 2012, 7:00pm

The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Metropolitan Opera Countertenor

Jared Angle

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

Bradley Brookshire

Met Assistant Conductor & Harpsichordist

Handel, Purcell, & Vivaldi

The three renowned artists collaborate on a unique interdisciplinary program to open the season at the historic Players Club. 

Choreography by Troy Schumacher, co-founder of Satellite Ballet.

Click here to read the review in The New York Times
Caspar David Friedrich (1774 - 1840) Sunset (Brothers) ca. 1835
Saturday, October 20th 2012, 8:00pm
The Liederkranz Club
6 East 87th Street

Classical Portraits
The Sebastians
The award-winning young ensemble performs beloved orchestral repertoire in the opulent ballroom of The Liederkranz Club.

CPE Bach, Symphony in E minor  Wq 178

Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A major K 622

J. Haydn Symphony No. 79 in F

Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550

Paul Wonjin Cho, Clarinet Soloist

Click here to read the review in Seen and Heard International

Title Page of The Songs of Solomon, Venice, 1623
Sunday, November 4th 2012
3:00pm Lecture  4:00pm Concert

The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 West 68th Street

From Ghetto to Palazzo
Vocal Works of Salamone Rossi Hebreo

The Western Wind 
with Charles Weaver, lute & Gabe Shuford, harpsichord
and Daniel Singer, guest cantor

Please join us for our third annual presentation of works by the Jewish-Italian composer Salamone Rossi (c. 1570 – 1630).

Featuring liturgical works in Hebrew composed for the synagogue and secular Italian madrigals penned for the Gonzaga court, the program also includes compositions for the theatrical troupe of the Ghetto, enjoyed by Jews and Gentiles alike at the height of Counter-Reformation segregation.

Don't miss the pre-concert lecture by scholar Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life at the University of California, Berkeley, and a host for RAI Radiotre in Rome.

This concert is co-presented with the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue & Centro Primo Levi. 

The Western Wind’s participation in this program is made possible in part with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Click here to read a preview article in The Forward
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 4:00pm
L'Eglise Française du Saint-Esprit, 1o9 E. 60th St.
Psalm Settings for the Sun King

A program of French settings of Old Testament texts composed for the Royal Chapel of Versailles, including recently discovered motets by André Campra and selected Versets of François Couperin, along with instrumental works of Hottetere, Marais and Couperin.  

Repertoire once performed by relatives of the composers for the Sun King himself will be heard in the intimate sanctuary of the Huguenot Church.

Jessica Gould, soprano
Daniel Lee, violin
Christopher Matthews, traverso
with Aula Harmoniae
Sang Joon Park, traverso
Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba
Arthur Haas, harpsichord

Click here to read more about "this bold, enterprising series, which hosts first rate performances of under-exposed music" in the Critics' Pick listing in Time Out New York
Friday, February 22nd 8:00pm
The Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad Street

The Heirs of Tantalus
From the House of Atreus to the Palace of Nero

Jessica Gould, soprano & José Lemos, countertenor 
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
members of The Sebastians Chamber Orchestra
Guest Actors Judith Hawking and Steven Rattazzi
Erica Gould, Stage Director

The third in a series of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary events, Heirs of Tantalus refracts Greek myth and Roman history through the prism of the baroque, incorporating material from the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, biting commentary of the Roman historian Suetonius, and excerpts from operas and cantatas of Monteverdi, Scarlatti and Handel.

Intertwining mythic characters with notorious historical figures, two actors and two singers perform multiple roles in this site-specific event, staged at a repurposed bank originally designed to replicate a Roman villa. 

Music includes selections from the operas L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Agrippina, and the cantatas Io Son Nerone and Agrippina Condotta a Morire.

Click here to read the rave review in Billevesees and here for the review in Seen and Head International

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Saturday, March 9th 7:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

Grand Harmonie

The young period instrument ensemble performs orchestral repertoire, with informative discussions of instruments and music between selections. Linger after the performance to meet these gifted young artists at a post-concert reception.

Weber, Overture to Der Freischütz
Mozart Divertimento K131
Mozart, Sinfonie Concertante K297B, reconstructed by Robert Levin
Schubert, Symphonie No. 8

Soloists are Andrea LeBlanc, flute, Kristin Olson, oboe, Elizabeth Hardy, bassoon, and Yoni Kahn, horn, Andrew Altenbach, Conductor

Saturday, March 23rd 8:00pm

The Fraunces Tavern Museum Flag Gallery

54 Pearl Street


Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

The Western Wind with Guest Actors 

Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Jennifer Rau, and Robert McKay

Erica Gould, Stage Director

The enduring power of liberation imagery in the early American consciousness comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave narratives. The first site of the American government will set the stage for starkly beautiful American repertoire.

This program commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Click here to read the preview article in Broadway World

Sunday, April 21st   


The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

417 E. 61st St.

Plum Blossom and Fleur-de-Lys

War and Peace in the Forbidden City and Versailles

The Four Nations Ensemble & Music from China

Music from China joins forces with Four Nations to present a panorama of War and Peace from history’s two great court societies. 

From the gentle rocking of lullabies to the clangor of arms and armor, see how these musics contradict and complement each other in one of Four Nations’ most fascinating programs, which has been presented by The Smithsonian Institution at the Sackler Gallery, The Boston Early Music Festival, and on UK tour by the BBC. 
The Four Nations Ensemble

Charles Brink, flute 
Aaron Brown, violin
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
Loretta O’Sullivan, cello
Andrew Appel, harpsichord

Music from China

Wang Guowei, erhu
Sun Li, pipa
Wang Junling, zheng
Susan Cheng, daruan

Click here to read a preview article in Broadway World

Saturday, May 25th 8:00

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

417 East 61st Street

JS Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier

Book I

Kenneth Weiss


Please join us for a reception directly following the performance.

Click here to read the Critics' Pick Listing in The New York Times and the preview article in Broadway World

Monday, June 3rd 7:00
The Liederkranz Club Concert Hall
6 East 87th Street

Jared Angle & Megan LeCrone 
of New York City Ballet

On Point: From Duel to Pas de Deux
A Special Benefit Performance

NYCB dancers Jared Angle and Megan LeCrone, members of the Sebastians Chamber Orchestra, and swordfighters Jacqueline Ann Holloway and Robert Westley premiere a new work drawn from the shared origins of sword fighting and classical ballet.


Heinrich Biber, 

Battalia à 10 in D Major

Johann Schmelzer, 

Balletto for Strings and Continuo in GDie Fechtschule”

GF Handel, Sonata in B-flat, Op. 2, No. 3, HWV 388
Vivaldi, Trio Sonata in D minor, RV63 Op. 1 No. 12 "La Follia"

Read more about "this connoisseur's choice series" in Time Out New York
Click here to read the review in Voce di Meche
Wednesday, July 17th 7:00pm
The Gallery at Serendipity Wines
1585 1st Avenue at 83rd St.

Special Benefit Event

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

Music of Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739)

Featuring music from the Spanish composer’s eclectic books, which contain traditional Spanish forms such as the Passacalles, arrangements of French dance suites, transcriptions of the violin music of Corelli, and new dance styles from Colonial Central America and Africa, this program will include selections from the 1722 manuscript Cifras selectas de guitarra, which was discovered in Chile in 2006.

Please join us for this short recital by one of early music's most esteemed performers, followed by a sampling of selections from Serendipity's exquisite collection of Spanish wines paired with a tantalizing variety of gourmet cheeses.

"Some of the most original programming around town..." Click here to read more from the review in Voce di Meche