Concert Season 2015 - 2016

FALL 2015                 



Spain, Europe's leading power throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, was reinforced by trade and wealth from colonial possessions and boasted the world's foremost maritime fleet, reaching its apogee during the reigns of two Spanish Habsburgs: Charles I (1516-1556) and Philip II (1556-1598); Charles was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Through exploration, conquest, inheritance or royal marriage alliances, the Spanish Empire expanded to include vast areas in the Americas. Said to be the first Empire on which the sun never set, the cultural efflorescence during this period is referred to as the Spanish Golden Age. The 18th century Enlightenment was readily assimilated by the kingdom's new Bourbon monarchy, a major patron of the arts. The zarzuela and the tonadilla, music theater forms unique to Spain, captured social currents that shaped 18th-century Spanish society.

18th-CENTURY IBERIA    Clasicismo español

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

    (Performance in the Great Choir)

    Saturday, October 10,   2015 at 8:00 PM

EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK [EM/NY] Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Frederick Renz, presents the opening/keynote event of the fifth Citywide, New York Early Music Celebration 2015: El Nuevo Mundo in a festive, Ibero-American classical orchestra program. Guest singers will join the orchestra in two featured tonadillas [theatrical form related to the zarzuela] along with Boccherini's "Night Music from the Streets of Madrid," an opera overture and dance suite by the Guadeloupian-born composer, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Early Music New York, directed by Frederick Renz, will present (perhaps for the first time in the United States) the tonadilla, "La cantade vida y muerte del General Malbrú" (Song of the Life and Death of General Marlborough). Incorporated in the finale of this brief musical comedy 18th-century style, the popular French folk song "Mambrú se fue a la guerra" ("Marlborough went to war"), which spread throughout the eighteenth century as a joke, was a parody or mockery of the military exploits of the English John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough and ancestor of Winston Churchill), who led the British Army in the War of Spanish Succession. We know the tune with the English lyrics "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" (and "The Bear Went Over the Mountain")

For the occasion, Maestro Renz has chosen young singers of Spanish and Latin American heritage: Elaine Lachica, Jorge Prego, José Pietri-Coimbre and Rachel Rosales; Stage Director: Adriana Sananes; Translator: Pablo Zinger; along with Nathaniel Adams, Todd Frizzell and Peter Walker.

This program is made possible in part with funds from the
Mattina R. Proctor Foundation.

NEW WORLD CHRISTMAS    Navidad en Latinoamérica

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

    (Performances in Saint James Chapel)

    Saturday, December 5,   2015 at 7:30 PM
    Sunday,    December 6,   2015 at 2:00 PM

    Sunday,    December 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Friday,      December 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM
    (Christmas Day)
    Friday,      December 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM
    (Christmas Day)

Old World harmony is peppered with provocative Iberian rhythms composed in the New World and performed by EM/NY's superb vocal ensemble accompanied by a pair of guitars and theorbos, dulcian (early bassoon) and recorder. Religious vocal creations for Spain's and Mexico's ornate cathedrals are interwoven with instrumental and vocal chanzonetas, villancicos, coloquios and ensaladas, with guitar tablatures of lively dances by Santiago de Murcia. These are traditionally sold-out seasonal performances! Order early!

SPRING 2016       



The fountainhead of the Danube River springs from Germany's enchanting Black Forest and courses through Regensburg, Linz, and Vienna, meandering through the alluvial delta to the Black Sea with its watershed encompassing Bohemian territories. A preferred route of travel by rulers since ancient times, the Danube has long been called "the river of kings" and, from the 16th through the 18th centuries, ruled by the House of Habsburg. German poet Friedrich Hölderlin called the Danube "a refreshing, melodious river, sometimes foaming with high spirits, at other times dreaming serenely." Come aboard EM/NY's musical flotilla and navigate this famous river from West to East.

LABYRINTHINE DANUBE    18th-Century Austria

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

    Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Classical orchestra symphonies and divertimenti by Austria's Franz Josef and brother Michael Haydn, father Leopold and son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bohemian Franz Benda and Jan Dismas Zelenka are programmed and conducted by Maestro Renz at EM/NY's home base, the acoustically superb Beaux-Arts style auditorium in the heart of the Lincoln Square district.

EUROPA REGINA    Bohemian Baroque

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

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Welcoming spring, EM/NY's first chair players perform 17th-century Central and Eastern European chamber works composed for the Crown Lands of the Habsburg Empire — Italian expatriates Antonio Bertoli & Giovanni Valentini, native born Austrians Heinrich Biber & Johann Schmeltzer and French import, Georg Muffat.

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This concert series is made possible in part with public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
in partnership with the City Council,
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 110th, 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 Avenue M7 & M11 bus lines; subways B & C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) and the #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along West 68th and 66th Streets.

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

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