EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK - Orchestra of Original Instruments (formerly New York's Grande Bande) specializes in music of the baroque and classical periods, programming seldom-heard gems alongside masterworks from Monteverdi to Mozart. Founded in 1977 by Frederick Renz, this groundbreaking orchestra has won distinction at Lincoln Center (being the first to present a major series with original instruments), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (with René Fleming) and on tour in the United States and abroad. Highlights include a series of critically acclaimed commemorative concerts for Henry Purcell (Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1995), Claudio Monteverdi (Hong Kong International Festival of the Arts and the Ravinia Festival, 1993), Josef Haydn and J.S. Bach (Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress, 1982 & 1985). The EM/NY Orchestra's re-creation of Handel's Musick for the Royal Fireworks, with historic fireworks by Ruggieri, set attendance records at Wolf Trap in 1990 and 1993 with audiences of over 7,000. The Orchestra records for Musicmasters and Musical Heritage Society.