Organization Member

Contact Information

(917) 482-8645
gwendolyntoth@gmail.com
https://artekearlymusic.org/

New York, New York

Type of Organization

Performing Ensemble

About

ARTEK, founded by director Gwendolyn Toth in 1986, features America’s finest singers and instrumentalists in performances of 17th and 18th century repertoire from Italy and Germany. Audiences love ARTEK concerts for their exciting, dramatic performances of baroque music, with compelling musical settings of beautiful poetry and infectious dance rhythms that infuse the performances with vitality and spirit.  Highlights of past seasons include standing-ovation performances to sell-out crowds at the Regensburg (Germany) Tage Alter Musik Festival (1998 and 2003) and debut performances at the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival (2003) and the Berkeley Early Music Festival (2010). ARTEK’s special theatrical ventures include Artemisia: Light and Shadow, a stunning musical play on the life of Artemisia Gentileschi; and ARTEK’s madrigal show, I’ll Never See the Stars Again with acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005. ARTEK’s large scale performances include the Intermedii of 1589; Monteverdi’s Vespers and Mass, 1610; Rosenmueller Vespers and Requiem music; Stradella, San Giovanni Battista oratorio; as well as concertos & opera music by Mozart and Haydn. ARTEK toured internationally from 1997 to 2002 with the Mark Morris Dance Group, visiting major venues in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada as well as more than 50 of America’s premier theaters. ARTEK’s recordings of Monteverdi’s Orfeo and other early Italian repertoire have been widely praised; the ensemble released its most recent recording, Monteverdi’s Madrigals, Book VII in fall 2020. Young artists are encouraged to apply for Madrigal Madness, (www.artekearlymusic.org)

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