THE GRAND TOUR
In centuries past, people of means would devote a year or more to THE GRAND TOUR, traveling throughout Europe to broaden their appreciation of art, culture and western civilization. Among these adventurous travelers were musicians, who enriched the culture of the lands they visited (and themselves as well).
This season, Early Music New York undertakes its own version of THE GRAND TOUR, including sojourns in France, England (with a side trip to the North American colonies), Germany and Italy.
I. FRANCE ~ Lully to Rameau ~ baroque chamber orchestra
Lully and Rameau are the twin peaks of the French baroque, masters of opera and the dance. Their instrumental suites abound with airs, allemandes, bourrées, gavottes, gigues, menuets, sarabandes and other baroque dance sensations. Works by colleagues such as Rebel (featuring his programmatic Les Elemens) round out this French experience.
(2 hours - with intermission)
II. ENGLAND and the COLONIES ~ A Colonial Christmas ~ mixed ensemble
EM/NY's annual holiday appearances at the festooned Cathedral of St. John the Divine are perennial sold-out events. Dr. Renz presents stirring 18th-century New England shape-note anthems and hymns heartily sung by his men's vocal ensemble, generously spiked with English country dance tunes played by a lively band of fiddle, flute, guitar and bass. These are traditionally sold-out performances. Order early!
(75 minutes - no intermission)
Early Music New York has recorded six separate Christmas albums on the Ex_cathedra label, including "A Colonial Christmas."
III. GERMANY ~ Bach Progeny ~ classical chamber orchestra
While Johann Sebastian is certainly the best-known of the Bachs, his four composer sons built on this legacy, branching off and distinguishing themselves in an evolving musical landscape. The EM/NY orchestra explores the vibrant repertoire of these four brothers side by side, from symphonic compositions to accompanied song. Works by Bach progeny Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich, and Johann Christian show just how far apples can fall from the tree.
IV. ITALY ~ Corelli to Vivaldi ~ baroque chamber orchestra
EM/NY concludes its Grand Tour with spring in sunny Italy, where the light that pervades its visual art suffuses its music as well. Corelli and Vivaldi concertos, sinfonias and overtures will frame a program enriched by contributions from such composers as Domenico Scarlatti (his virtuosic keyboard sonatas recast as concerti grossi by Charles Avison).
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.
The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible via a ramp just north of the main entrance, off of Amsterdam Avenue below 113th Street. Please call the Visitor Center for additional information at (212)316-7540.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
77 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 C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) and the #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along 68th and 66th Streets.
For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.