Salon/Sanctuary Concerts was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Jessica Gould in order to present early music in intimate venues which complement both the acoustic and the historical context of the repertoire and to encourage understanding among people of different faiths through the performance of sacred works in sanctuaries appropriate to the repertoire.
Since its inception, the series has grown to include some of the most prestigious presenting partners throughout Manhattan and Florence, Italy, and a roster which comprises some of the most respected musicians active in historical performance today. Among the artists who have performed concerts and participated in our original interdisciplinary projects are soloists of the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, award-winning actors from both the Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway and Hollywood, principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, and an organist of the Duomo of Florence.
American co-presenters include the American Philosophical Society, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò of New York University, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, the Colonial Dames of America, the Fraunces Tavern Museum, L’Istituto Italiano per Cultura di New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the Players Club, the Skirball Center of Temple Emanu-El, St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and the Church of the Transfiguration.
Italian co-presenters include NYU Villa La Pietra, the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Great Synagogue of Florence, Palazzo Bardi, L’Accademia delle Arti del Disegno founded in 1563, La Fondazione di Casa Martelli, Il Polo Museale Regionale della Toscana, L’ex Polo Museale Fiorentino, Il Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, the Church of Santa Felicita, the Cappella of San Luca of Santissima Annunziata, the Sala dell'Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, the Venerabile Arciconfraternita della Misericordia di Firenze, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Church of the Ognissanti.
Our mission is threefold:
- To present chamber music in the kinds of intimate salon spaces for which the music is intended
- To encourage understanding among people of different faiths through the performance of sacred works in sanctuaries appropriate to the repertoire
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts is a project of The Fire Department Theatre Company, Inc, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
- To challenge audience expectations for historical performance through new explorations in interdisciplinary collaboration.