Concert Season 2015 - 2016

FALL 2015                 



Spain, Europe's leading power throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, was reinforced by trade and wealth from colonial possessions and boasted the world's foremost maritime fleet, reaching its apogee during the reigns of two Spanish Habsburgs: Charles I (1516-1556) and Philip II (1556-1598); Charles was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Through exploration and conquest or royal marriage alliances and inheritance, the Spanish Empire expanded to include vast areas in the Americas. It was the first empire on which it was said that the sun never set. The cultural efflorescence witnessed during this period is referred to as the Spanish Golden Age. The 18th century saw the assimilation of the Enlightenment among the kingdom's elite and monarchy.

18th-CENTURY IBERIA    Clasicismo español

      Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.

    (Performance in the Great Choir)

    Saturday, October ??, 2015 at 7:30 PM

EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK [EM/NY], conducted by Maestro Frederick Renz, presents the opening/keynote event of the fifth Citywide, New York Early Music Celebration 2015: El Nuevo Mundo in a festive, Ibero-American classical orchestra program with guest singers of the Cuban early music ensemble 'Ars Longa' in their North American debut. The modern premiere of a newly transcribed tonadilla [theatrical form related to the zarzuela] will be featured along with Boccherini's "Night Music of the Streets of Madrid," an opera overture and dance suite by the Guadeloupian-born composer, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and works by Spanish symphonists.

NEW WORLD CHRISTMAS    Navidad en Latinoamérica

      Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.

    (Performances in Saint James Chapel)

    Saturday, December 5,   2015 at 7:30 PM
    Sunday,    December 6,   2015 at 2:00 PM

    Sunday,    December 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Friday,      December 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM
    (Christmas Day)
    Friday,      December 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM
    (Christmas Day)

Old World harmony is peppered with provocative Iberian rhythms composed in the New World and performed by EM/NY's superb vocal ensemble accompanied by a plethora of plucked strings. Religious vocal creations for Spain's and Mexico's ornate cathedrals are interspersed with instrumental and vocal chanzonetas, villancicos, coloquios and ensaladas, with guitar tablatures of indigenous dances by Santiago de Murcia. These are traditionally sold-out seasonal performances! Order early!

SPRING 2016       



The fountainhead of the Danube River springs from Germany's Black Forest and courses through Regensburg, Linz, and Vienna, winding to the Black Sea with its watershed encompassing Bohemian territories. A preferred route of travel by rulers since ancient times, the Danube has long been called "the river of kings" and, from the 16th through the 18th centuries, the Habsburg Monarchy.

LABRINTHINE DANUBE    18th-Century Austria

      First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St.

    Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Classical orchestra symphonies and divertimenti by Austria's Franz Josef and brother Michael Haydn, father Leopold and son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bohemian Franz Benda and Moravian Franz Xavier Richter conducted by Maestro Renz at EM/NY's home base, Lincoln Square's acoustically superb Beaux-Arts style auditorium.

EUROPA REGINA    Bohemian Baroque

      First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St.

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Welcoming spring, EM/NY's first chair players perform 17th-century Central and Eastern European chamber works composed for the Crown Lands of the Habsburg Empire: Italian expatriates Antonio Bertoli & Giovanni Valentini, native born Austrians Heinrich Biber & Johann Schmeltzer and French import, Georg Muffat.

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            This concert series is made possible in part with public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
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 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.

[Call for information regarding disability access 212-280-0330]

First Church of Christ, Scientist
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 Ave. M7 & M11 bus lines; subways B & C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) & #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along W. 68th and W. 66th Streets.

[Call for information regarding disability access 212-280-0330]

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