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Welcome to our fifth anniversary season!

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The 2013 – 2014 Season
Thursday, September 19th & Saturday September 21st  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 & Deborah Fox, theorbo
Members of The Sebastians
Script and Stage Direction by Erica Gould

A cast of actors featuring Florencia Lozano as Clytemnestra, Ethan Peck as Orestes and Steven Rattazzi as Suetonius

Greek myth and Roman history refracted through the prism of the baroque, The Heirs of Tantalus weaves material from the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, biting commentary of the Roman historian Suetonius, and music of Monteverdi, Scarlatti and Handel into a depraved tapestry of hubris, blood-lust, and vengeance.

With music from the operas L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Agrippina, and the cantatas Io Son Nerone and Agrippina Condotta a Morire, three actors and two singers take on multiple roles in this site-specific performance, staged at a repurposed bank originally designed to replicate a Roman temple.

"The result was a pleasingly mathematical elegance in a swift-moving performance, without overstatement or extraneity. We got exactly what we needed, no more and no less, in order to understand and to admire...Gould and Lemos blended exquisitely"

Click here to read more in Billevesees

Saturday, October 26th 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street

Monica Huggett, violin
with New York Baroque Incorporated

The Virtuosi of Cöthen

In 1713, the king of Prussia fired many of his finest musicians, unwittingly sending them into the employ of the court at Cöthen. Upon J.S. Bach’s arrival a few years later, he had a pool of virtuoso instrumentalists at his disposal, and a rich flowering of instrumental music followed. One of the foremost baroque violinists of our time, Monica Huggett, will lead New York Baroque Incorporated in orchestral music from Bach’s Cöthen years.

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor BWV 1067

Violin concerto in A minor BWV 1041

Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor, BWV 1060

Violin concerto in E major, BWV 1042

Triple violin concerto in D major, BWV 1064

A complimentary wine and cheese reception follows the performance.


Thursday, November 7th 7:00pm 
The 15th Century Library of the Fabbri Mansion
7 East 95th Street

Hopkinson Smith, lute
Dowland's Europe: The Winds of Change

Commemorating the 450th anniversary of the great English composer, the great American lutenist performs a program of Dowland and his contemporaries, featuring selections from the 1611 publications Premier Livre of Robert Ballard, Il Libro Primo d’Intavolatura di Lauto of Girolamo Giovanni Kapsberger, and Dowland's Varietie of Lute Lessons, published in 1610.  

The program offers a glimpse of not only the great variety in the lute publications of these two years, but the beginning of national styles that were to flourish into the 18th century.

The reconstructed della Rovere Library of the Fabbri Mansion, brought over to the United States from Italy during WWI, provides the ideal venue for this intimate and exquisite repertoire.

Sunday, November 17th 3:00pm
The Church of the Transfiguration
1 E. 29th St.

Music for Brunelleschi's Dome
Lucia Baldacci, organist

The completion of The Duomo of Florence in 1436 marked a milestone in architectural history, while the structure later served as a focal point for several great composers. 

With this program, we welcome an organist of "Brunelleschi's Dome," as she makes her New York and American debut with a program of works associated with Santa Maria del Fiore.  Repertoire will include works of Dufay, Frescobaldi, Zipoli, and others.

This concert is co-presented and co-produced by The Church of the Transfiguration.

Sunday, December 8th 6:00pm
The Bissel Room, Fraunces Tavern
54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street

More Between Heaven and Earth
Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway, and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment

Featuring Campbell Scott as Thomas Jefferson and Melissa Errico as Maria Cosway, with Judith Hawking as the Narrator

Jessica Gould, soprano & Tony Boutté, tenor
Members of the Sebastians: Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord & leader
Script and Stage Direction by Erica Gould

Igniting in Revolutionary Paris and unfolding over a 40-year epistolary relationship, the Jefferson/Cosway correspondence brims with exquisite music and eloquent prose, as the romance between two polymaths, the Statesman-Architect and the Musician-Painter, renders a vivid picture of musical life in 18th century France and America.

The Jefferson/Cosway letters reveal his evolving views on the Separation of Church and State intermingled with her account of a stifling marriage and the limited options open to a woman of brilliance. With an original script composed entirely of selections from their writings, this play with music features repertoire that they heard, composed, played, and sent to each other, including works of Corelli, Hewitt, Sacchini, and Cosway herself.

Please join us for this unique event at the historic Fraunces Tavern, where Jefferson served as the nation's first Secretary of State when the 1719 structure housed Washington's cabinet.  Read more here

Hebrews and Heretics / Scholars and Lunatics
A four-concert festival of exiles and outliers who ushered in new eras in their own times

Sunday, January 26th
2:30pm – 6:00pm

Edmond J. Safra Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust 36 Battery Place

From Ghetto to Palazzo
The Worlds of Salomone Rossi

Co-produced with The Museum of Jewish Heritage and co-presented by Centro Primo Levi, an unprecedented exploration of Rossi's music and time marks the fourth presentation of Salon/Sanctuary's program devoted to the groundbreaking Italian-Jewish composer.

A violinist in Monteverdi's orchestra, Salomone Rossi (c. 1570 – 1630) is credited with having invented the trio sonata.  His introduction of polyphonic music to the synagogue, where only monody had been accepted as befitting a people in exile, made him a controversial figure in his own community.  His sister, a soprano at the same court that he served, premiered roles and sang madrigals of Monteverdi at Palazzo Te, the pleasure palace of the Gonzaga.

In his dual role as court and synagogue composer, Rossi inhabited two worlds at a curious time of both heightened physical segregation and active social interaction between Jews and Christians.  An afternoon of two concerts, a film, and a panel discussion offers a unique opportunity to explore the many forces that shaped his shifting world and beautiful music, and the tension between exile and acceptance that often recedes but never fades from history.

The afternoon will begin with selections of Rossi sinfonie performed by members of the New York-based ensemble Folia, proceed with a short discussion with noted Rossi expert Dr. Francesco Spagnolo, include a screening of the critically acclaimed 2012 Joseph Rochlitz film, Hebreo: In Search of Salomone Rossi, and conclude with a performance by the award-winning Basel-based ensemble, Profeti della Quinta, First Prize winners of the 2011 York Early Music Competition.

"Making their U.S. debut, Profeti della Quinta were as captivating in person as they had been on screen. The printed programs included text-and-translation, but it was hardly needed. They conveyed the meaning of the poetry with their diction, intention, and phrasing, commanding constant attention with their passionate and emotional music-making.

As an ensemble, they sang with excellent intonation and moved as a unit, musically. Their bright sound breathed life into Rossi’s music, and they were accompanied admirably on the theorbo by Ori Harmelin, also a regular member of the group. Harmelin displayed both grace and virtuosity in a somber Passacaglia by Alessandro Piccinini (1566-ca. 1638)."

– Click to read more in New York Classical Review

Friday, February 7th 8:00pm
The Fabbri Mansion, House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street

Perpetual Motion
Galileo and his Revolutions

Sarah Pillow, soprano & Mary-Anne Ballard, viola da gamba
with guests Ronn McFarlane, lute; author Dava Sobel & Marc Wagnon, video artist

A moving and compelling account of a remarkable moment in the history of science, human thought and music, Perpetual Motion ties together the groundbreaking repertoire of Galileo’s day, narration by acclaimed best-selling science writer Dava Sobel, (author of Galileo's Daughter) and high-definition images of Earth and the cosmos. 

Sobel narrates the story of coinciding revolutions in science and music in the 17th century, as breathtaking images of Earth and the heavens complement virtuoso performances. Together they present a link to the past and bring to light the exquisite beauty of our world.

This exciting multimedia event will be presented in the Fabbri Mansion's reconstructed 17th century Library, brought to New York from Italy and reassembled here during World War I.

"In a season with all hits and no misses, Salon Sanctuary Concerts has presented another stimulating evening that was both entertaining and educational...We left feeling enlightened.  Not to mention eager for more programs of such quality." 
Voce di Meche
Photo of Kenneth Weiss by Arthur Forjornel

Sunday, March 2nd 6:00

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

417 East 61st Street

JS Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier

Book II

Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord

Following last season's performance of Book I, the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist continues his exploration of The Well-Tempered Clavier with Book II.  

Concert length is 2+ hours.

Please join us for a reception directly following the performance.

Detail of Moonrise by the Sea, Caspar David Friedrich

Saturday, March 8th 7:00pm

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St.

Scholar and Lunatic
or the Roots of Romanticism 


The Four Nations Ensemble with guest speakers

The Four Nations Ensemble marks the 300th Birthday of CPE Bach with a discussion and performance of masterpieces by one of the 18th century's most adventuresome, demanding, respected yet presently under appreciated composers.

If Dennis Diderot felt compelled to stop in Hamburg on his way back from St. Petersburg to visit the composer, how did we, in the 20th century, lose CPE Bach as the link between the Baroque and the Romantic musical mind? In this event, we will trace Carl Philippe's style from the careful study he gave to his father's work, to the role he played satisfying the stultifying old fashioned Rococo tastes of Frederick the Great, to his final period of composition in Hamburg that defines the fluidity and unpredictability of a romantic approach to music.

Join Andrew Appel (harpsichord and clavichord), Tatiana Chulochnikova (violin), Antonio Campillo (traverso), Loretta O'Sullivan (cello), Joshua Lee (viola da gamba) and James H. Johnson (musicologist and author of Listening in Paris) for a celebration of the genius without whom, as Mozart tells us in his letters, we could not have the music we so love today.

"A fine evening then that made no compromises in the discussion, demonstrations or program, and a birthday party that would certainly have pleased the composer of the day."

Click to read more in Seen and Heard International

Saturday, April 5th  

3:00 and 6:00pm

The Fraunces Tavern® Museum Flag Gallery

54 Pearl Street


Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble

with actors Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Jennifer Rau, 

and Reg E. Cathey

Erica Gould, Script and Stage Direction

Jessica Gould, Program Concept and Dramaturgy

Please join us for a moving and joyous celebration of the struggle for freedom and triumph over adversity through theatre and music. 

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 and suffragette narratives, including selections from Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave.  

Fraunces Tavern, the first site of the American government, sets the stage for starkly beautiful American repertoire.
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"Salon/Sanctuary’s smartly constructed and affecting presentation of Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America...built to some crescendos worthy of a Broadway stage."

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