Early Music New York to present A Baroque Christmas

Carols, Noels, Villancicos, Chorales 

“You can count on Frederick Renz and the musicians of his Early Music New York to offer a Christmas program unlike anything else the city’s music world has to offer.”

The New York Times

For the first time in more than a decade, Frederick Renz and the musicians of Early Music New York will present one of their most popular holiday programs – A Baroque Christmas – featuring men’s voices and instruments performing anonymous English broadsides and Scottish airs, along with works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Michael Praetorius, Antonio de Salazar and Marco da Gagliano.

“While Christmas is one holiday, it is observed in different parts of the world in myriad ways,” says Frederick Renz, Director of Early Music New York. “Each nation brings its own musical language to the Christmas season, and while the message may be the same, the music couldn’t be more different. This program will sample baroque holiday traditional works from Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and England.”

He adds, “We look forward to performing once again in the intimate and atmospheric St. James Chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where we have been an Artist-in-Residence from our first seasons. It is a setting especially conducive to the spirit of the works we perform every December, and it will be a joy to share music there again with our audiences.”


Concert Information

Sunday, December 11 at 2 pm • Sunday, December 18 at 2 pm and 5 pm

Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day) at 2 pm and 5 pm

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC

~ Early Music New York, Frederick Renz, Director ~

Vocal Consort Accompanied by Recorders, Lute, Guitar, Musette and Viola da gamba


$40.00 reserved seats, except $50.00 reserved seats for December 25 at 2 pm

$20.00 student (w/valid ID, available at door, day of, when available)

Tickets available by phone (212-280-0330), on-line (www.EarlyMusicNY.org)

and at the door, half an hour prior to performance.

Group discounts available by telephone.  All major credit cards accepted.


About the Artists


Frederick Renz, Founder/Director of the Early Music Foundation, is internationally acclaimed for his work as a conductor, producer, director, performer and scholar, presenting music and music drama from the eleventh through the eighteenth centuries. He has received commissions from the Spoleto Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, individual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the State University of New York, Fredonia. Detailed bio available on request.


Early Music Foundation (EMF), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1974, is Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.  Under the leadership of Frederick Renz, EMF’s mission is to foster public understanding and appreciation of music and music drama from the eleventh through the eighteenth centuries.

EMF presents the historical performance ensemble and orchestra  EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK – FREDERICK RENZ, DIRECTOR; operates the recording label Ex cathedra Records; and a administers a service-to-the-field project, “New York Early Music Central” (NYEMC), sponsoring/managing city-wide festivals serving the NYC historically-informed artist community.

Now in its forty-eighth season, Early Music New York reaps international acclaim for vibrant and provocative performances of historically informed repertoire from the medieval through the classical eras.

For additional information, photos/graphic images and interview requests, contact:

Daniel Guss, Public Relations:

[email protected], phone 212-749-6600

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