Concert Season 2014 - 2015

40th-Anniversary Season

2014 – 2015



      Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.

    (Performance in the Great Choir)

    Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM
    (St. Cecilia Day)

EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK proudly announces its 40th-Anniversary Season on this auspicious occasion — St. Cecilia Day (Patron Saint of Musicians). Maestro Renz conducts his baroque orchestra in festive works for natural trumpets & timpani by Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries: George Frederick Handel, William Boyce, Henry Purcell and others in overtures, arias, suites, and symphonies.

Guest artist: David Vanderwal, tenor with Daniel Lee, concertmaster and
John Thiesen, lead trumpet.

DUTCH CHRISTMAS    Age of Rembrandt

      Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.

    (Performances in Saint James Chapel)

    Saturday, December 6,   2014 at 7:30 PM
    (St. Nicholas Day)
    Sunday,    December 7,   2014 at 2:00 PM

    Sunday,    December 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM < Sold Out! 

    Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM < Sold Out! 
    Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM < Sold Out! 

Researched and directed by Frederick Renz, this vivid program continues EM/NY's penchant for presenting newly unearthed seasonal repertoire side by side with more familiar early music 'standards.'  EM/NY's men's vocal ensemble is joined by a consort of recorders to perform late Renaissance repertoire from the Ex cathedra Records CD, "A Dutch Christmas" (produced in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art).

A delightful compendium of 16th- and early 17th- century holiday repertoire encompassing the Netherlands as well as the Low Countries - drinking songs and dances by Pierre Phalèse & Tielman Susato for the "Nieuw Jaar," devotional Cantiones natalitiae (Latin and Dutch Christmas songs), kerstliedjes (Dutch carols) and Latin motets for voices along with variations on favorite carol tunes for recorders by Jacob van Eyck and Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck.  Traditionally sold-out seasonal performances!  Order now!

Recorder Quartet:  Rachel Begley,  Daphna Mor,  Nina Stern, &  Tricia van Oers with  Jason Priset, lute.

AGE OF REASON    18th- Century Enlightenment

      First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St.

    Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Classical chamber orchestra with symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Josef Haydn's "The Philosopher," Adagio & Fugue by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (J.S. Bach's eldest son), and a virtuoso, double-concerto by Anton Thadäus Stamitz featuring flautists Immanuel Davis and David Ross, performed at EM/NY's home base, the acoustically superb Beaux-Arts style hall in Lincoln Square.

EM/NY Classical Orchestra - Frederick Renz, conducting & Daniel Lee, concertmaster.

HARMONIE UNIVERSELLE    National Styles Unfurled

      First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St.

    Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Welcoming spring, EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK first chair players perform favorite 17th-century chamber works by Jean-Baptiste Lully - FRANCE, Gaspar Sanz - SPAIN, Henry Purcell - ENGLAND, Heinrich Biber, Johann Schmelzer, and Johann Joseph Fux - AUSTRIA, Johann Rosenmueller, Johann Pachelbel - GERMANY, Arcangelo Corelli, Giuseppe Torelli - ITALY, each to illustrate blossoming national styles and performed at the acoustically superb Beaux-Arts venue in Lincoln Square.

The title of the program is borrowed from Marin Mersenne's Traité de l'harmonie universelle (also referred to as Harmonie universelle) of 1636. His treatise deals with the theory of music and music instruments, and is regarded as a source of information on seventeenth-century music. For tonight's purposes, the title is meant to suggest the development of national styles - commonalities and differences. To this end, we sample compositions of noted composers from the major nations of the latter seventeenth century - forerunners to the 'High Baroque.'

Performing Artists - Aaron Brown - violin, Rachel Evans - viola, Daniel Lee - violin, Daphna Mor - recorders (flauti dolci & flute de voix), Jason Priset - theorbo & baroque guitar, Frederick Renz - harpsichord & chamber organ, Ezra Seltzer - violoncello.

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            This concert series is made possible in part with public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
the New York State Council on the Arts with
the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature, and the
generosity of EMF's Friends of Early Music.


The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, (Chapel of Saint James)
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

Located in Morningside Heights, adjacent to the Columbia University campus, the Cathedral is easily reached by public transportation: Buses M4, M11, M104; Subway #1 to 110th Street & Broadway.
Parking is available in nearby garages on 112th and 114th Streets.

Performances take place in the Cathedral's intimate Saint James Chapel. Our ticket table will be just outside the entrance to the Chapel. Tickets are available for purchase or pickup (Will Call) one half hour before curtain.

[Call for information regarding disability access 212-280-0330]

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street, New York, NY 10023

EM/NY's new, “best kept secret,” Lincoln Square performance venue —

Near Lincoln Center, the First Church of Christ, Scientist faces Central Park at 68th St. and is reached via the M72, M10 and Columbus Ave. M7 & M11 bus lines; subways B & C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) & #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along W. 68th and W. 66th Streets.

[Call for information regarding disability access 212-280-0330]

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