GEMS and Trinity Wall Street Present Parthenia & Sinfonia New York in Twelfth Night Festival, 12/27 & 29
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by BWW News Desk
This month, Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) will partner with Trinity Wall Street Church to present two concerts in Trinity's annual Twelfth Night Festival of Early Music, which runs from now through Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Tonight, December 27, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., Parthenia, a quartet of viols, will present "As It Fell on a Holie Eve - Music for an Elizabethan Christmas" with guest artist, soprano Julianne Baird.
Gene Murrow, Executive Director of GEMS, says, "In the last three years, Trinity Church has made enormous contributions to New York City's early music scene with its choir, Baroque orchestra, and concert presentations. GEMS is very proud to partner with Trinity in presenting these special holiday concerts with an English pedigree and a New York accent."
As It Fell on a Holie Eve
Rosamund Morley, treble viol | Lawrence Lipnik, tenor viol
A glittering array of songs, dances and carols from Elizabethan England. Along with music by Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Ravenscroft, Dr. John Bull and Tobias Hume, this concert will feature a wide variety of music by the celebrated master composer of England's Golden Age, William Byrd. The program has toured throughout the United States; this will be its only performance in New York this season.
Parthenia is a quartet of viols dedicated to the performance of ancient and contemporary repertoires. Parthenia is presented in concerts across America, and produces its own series in New York City, collaborating regularly with the world's foremost early music artists and ensembles, and has been featured on radio and television as well as in such festivals, series and venues as wide-ranging as Music Before 1800, the Pierpont Morgan Library, Columbia University's Miller Theatre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Yale Center for British Art, the Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, and the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany.
Parthenia's unique variety of performances range from its popular touring program, "When Music & Sweet Poetry Agree," a celebration of Elizabethan poetry and music with actor Paul Hecht and mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek of Anonymous 4, to the complete viol fantasies of Henry Purcell and complete instrumental works of Robert Parsons, as well as commissions and premieres of many new works by composers such as Phil Kline, Richard Einhorn, Brian Fennelly, Will Ayton, Max Lifchitz, Kristin Norderval, David Glaser, and Frances White. The ensemble was featured along with frequent collaborators, the renaissance wind band Piffaro, in the Philadelphia premiere of the comic opera The Loathly Lady, by librettist Wendy Steiner and composer Paul Richards, based on Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale. Parthenia is in residence at Corpus Christi Church in New York, and is the Beatrice Diener Early Music Ensemble-in-Residence at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University in New York.
Parthenia has recorded Les Amours de Mai, a collection of songs and instrumental works from renaissance France, with soprano Julianne Baird and violinist Robert Mealy; A Reliquary for William Blake; Within the Labyrinth; and Parthenia Sampler; and was featured on jazz trumpeter Randy Sandke's Trumpet After Dark. The ensemble's 2010 release, As it Fell on a Holie Eve - Music for an Elizabethan Christmas, with soprano Julianne Baird, was the featured holiday CD on the syndicated radio program Sunday Baroque in December 2010.
Parthenia is represented by GEMS Live! Artist Management and records for MSR Classics. For more information, visit www.parthenia.org.
Sinfonia New York
A Concert for Children of All Ages
Christine Gummere, Artistic Director
Just over an hour in length, this concert is a New York version of the famous "Festival of Lessons and Carols," the Christmas Eve service at King's College Chapel in Cambridge. Instead of scripture, there will be a reading of New York City's very own poem about Santa Claus and his work on behalf of all children. All who are young, and young of heart, will enjoy the richness of festive and contemplative music expressing the joy and hope of the Christmas season.
Sinfonia New York is a period-instrument orchestra that specializes in historically informed, vibrant performances of 17th-, 18th- and early 19th-century music. Since its Town Hall debut in 2007, the orchestra has appeared on tour in the United States and Canada, and in several performances in New York City. Most recently, the ensemble was featured in "The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne," presented as the opening event in Gotham Early Music Scene's fifth anniversary celebration. For more information, visit www.sinfonianewyork.org.
Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc. (GEMS) is a not-for-profit corporation that enhances the quality and financial stability of participating artists and organizations by:
¨ providing administrative, marketing, financial, and other support services to professional and amateur performing groups, institutions, presenters, and other organizations interested in early music;
Founded in 2007 by a small group of leading figures in New York musical circles to serve and promote New York's early music community, GEMS has, in this short time:
¨ presented 91 New York City ensembles in concert, including an annual fall series showcasing established and emerging artists;
The result of these and other efforts is the recognition by musicians, audiences, and patrons that New York has reasserted its postion as a major center of early music activity in the world.
With a budget of over $350,000, a Board of nine distinguished professionals, and a staff of six, GEMS is supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, several foundations, and a large roster of individual donors. For more information, go to www.gemsny.org.