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Music Before 1800

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September 2018

Music Before 1800: Benjamin Bagby

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Benjamin Bagby, voice and harp Beowulf Accompanying himself on a six-stringed harp, Benjamin Bagby takes on the role of medieval scop, or “singer of tales,” to relate the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf through speech and song. Bagby’s dramatic retelling of Beowulf and the Icelandic Edda, scholarly reconstructed epics from the Middle Ages, is an invaluable gift to the music world. Based in Paris, he teaches at the Sorbonne and also directs Sequentia. Post-concert Q and A

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October 2018

Music Before 1800: Vox Luminis

October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Lionel Meunier, director Ten-voice choir and continuo from Belgium J.S. Bach’s Motets The impressive Belgian choir Vox Luminis, meaning “voice of light,” has taken the early music world by storm. The singers offer five of Bach’s contrapuntal motets that demand the highest level of virtuosity to realize the musical textures elucidating the text. Bach goes far beyond merely expressing the words. Rather he explores their meaning in depth, highlighting their spiritual and metaphysical implications. Post-concert Q and A

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November 2018

Music Before 1800: Juilliard415 with Alfredo Bernardini

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street
New York, 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Baroque chamber orchestra Alfredo Bernardini, oboe and conductor Vivaldi, His Friends and Enemies The pioneering Alfredo Bernardini, a beloved figure in European baroque music circles, directs the extraordinary students of Juilliard415 in a program of Italian concerti and overtures that features Vivaldi and his lesser known peers—Lotti, A. Marcello, Veracini, Galuppi, and Albinoni—who either loved or loathed Vivaldi. Some promoted his work far beyond Italy, while others engaged in cutthroat competition.

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December 2018

Music Before 1800: Ensemble Correspondances

December 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street
New York, 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Sébastien Daucé, director and harpsichord Six singers and eight instrumentalists from France Christmas Pastorale Music Before 1800 offers a refreshingly different December program: the Christmas Pastorale by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The work tells the nativity story, blending the shepherds’ naïveté with the gravity of Jesus’ birth. It is performed by the superb Ensemble Correspondances, a relatively young group begun in 2009 that has been called “alarmingly sensual” by the press. It already boasts nine prize-winning CDs.

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January 2019

Music Before 1800: Academy of Sacred Drama

January 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Jeremy Rhizor, director and violin Three singers and seven instrumentalists Mosé: La creatione de’ magistrati Director Jeremy Rhizor’s mission is to create an enriching and totally original experience for listeners. He combines a 17th-century oratorio, Giovanni Antonio Gianettini’s La creatione de’ magistrati in a modern-day premiere, an informative lecture at its midpoint, and a reception for the audience after the performance. The oratorio’s text is enlightening: the prophet Moses learns hard lessons about governance. Mid-concert lecture and post-concert dessert

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Music Before 1800: Han Tol & Boreas Quartett Bremen

January 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Five recorder players from Germany Il flauto magico “Il flauto magico” describes the recorder as played in consort by the renowned Han Tol and Boreas Quartett Bremen. In nomines by Tye and dances by Holborne and Dowland contrast with music by Vivaldi, Boismortier, and contrapuncti from Bach’s Art of Fugue. Jin-Ju Baek, Elisabeth Champollion, Julia Fritz, and Luise Manske, protégés of Han Tol, play over forty recorders of different sizes. Pre-concert lecture

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February 2019

Music Before 1800: Blue Heron

February 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Scott Metcalfe, director Thirteen-voice choir The Lost Music of Canterbury Director Scott Metcalfe loves big, comprehensive projects. He and Boston’s much-praised Blue Heron have released five CDs of music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, significant because some of the parts had been missing for years, rendering entire works unperformable. Thanks to careful scholarship, we’ll hear pieces in premiere by Hugh Aston and Arthur Chamberlayne alongside music of Fayrfax and Taverner. Post-concert Q and A

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March 2019

Music Before 1800: Alkemie

March 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street
New York, 10065 United States
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$35

Five-part medieval ensemble Rosa das rosas: Songs for the Virgin Mary Five East Coast musicians founded Alkemie in 2013 to explore both the sublime and the earthly realms of medieval repertory. This Spanish program from the 13th and 14th centuries features singing and playing of multiple instruments—harp, recorders, vielle, and percussion. The pieces honor the Virgin Mary—most beautiful rose, miraculous healer, dragon slayer, and powerful intercessor during the upheaval of war.

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Music Before 1800: Paul O’Dette

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street
New York, 10065 United States
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$35

Paul O’Dette, lute Mr. Dowland’s Midnight What better place to hear Paul O’Dette, lutenist supreme, than in the intimate ballroom of the Kosciuszko Foundation! His Dowland program mingles favorite works such as The King of Denmark’s Galliard and Lachrimae with unfamiliar pieces: A Coye Toye, My Lady Hunnsdon’s Puffe, and Mistris Winters Jump. A star performer for many years, Paul O’Dette continues to delight and inspire listeners worldwide.

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April 2019

Music Before 1800: Jesse Blumberg & Simon Martyn-Ellis

April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street
New York, 10065 United States
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$35

Jesse Blumberg, baritone Simon Martyn-Ellis, guitar Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin Jesse Blumberg, a sought-after performer, and Simon Martyn-Ellis, expert period guitarist, take a fresh approach performing Schubert’s timeless Die schöne Müllerin, the twenty-verse song cycle that tells the tragic story of a young man’s descent into lovelorn despair. To perform the emotional music with a period guitar, the duo embraces the intimate nature of the plucked sounds—an enhancement to story-telling.

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May 2019

Music Before 1800: Monica Huggett & Byron Schenkman

May 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Monica Huggett, violin Byron Schenkman, harpsichord Toma Iliev, violin Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba Leclair, Rameau, and the Age of Enlightenment Monica Huggett and Byron Schenkman join Toma Iliev and Joanna Blenduff to form a lively quartet of top-notch early music performers. They offer the most virtuosic and tantalizing music of the French Baroque by Couperin, Leclair, and Rameau. These composers embraced both French and Italian style, a musical flowering that coincided with the Age of Enlightenment’s expansive and rational…

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