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2014-2015 Concerts: Our 25th Season!

Join us for the celebration! For a quarter of a century, the Boston Early Music Festival has been dedicated to presenting an annual concert series of the most exciting and accomplished artists and ensembles from around the globe in unforgettable performances of beloved masterworks and hidden gems. Don’t miss a note—order your seats today!

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs

BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

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Monteverdi Madrigals: Songs of Love and War

“The playing of the BEMF chamber ensemble boasted polish and detail.”

—The Boston Globe


Kenneth Weiss

 

Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

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Rameau: Opera and Ballet Transcriptions – Dardanus, Castor et Pollux, Pygmalion, and Les Indes galantes

“A musician at the zenith of his art.”

—Diapason


Amanda Forsythe

BEMF CHAMBER OPERA SERIES
Pergolesi's La serva padrona
and Livietta e Tracollo

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8pm
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3pm

New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

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A double bill of Neopolitan comic opera

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Erica Schuller, soprano
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone
Jesse Blumberg, bass-baritone

“A non-stop kaleidoscope of well-integrated song, dance, and story.”

—Early Music America


The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Philips, director

Friday, December 12, 2014, 8pm
St. Paul Church, Cambridge

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Gaudeamus! Music of Byrd, Josquin, and Turges

“Inspiring and deeply moving.”

—The Telegraph


The Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort
David Douglass & Ellen Hargis, co-directors
with Exsultemus Vocal Ensemble

Friday, February 6, 2015, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

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Rosa das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria

“Infectious performances.”

—American Record Guide


Stile Antico

Stile Antico

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 7:30pm
St. Paul Church, Cambridge

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From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg

“An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance.”

—The New York Times



Avi Avital

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Avi Avital, mandolin

Friday, March 13, 2015, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

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Music of Vivaldi, Galuppi, Locatelli, and Paisiello

“One of Europe's most dynamic period-instrument ensembles.”

—San Francisco Chronicle


David Hansen

Amanda Forsythe, soprano
David Hansen,
countertenor
Paul O’Dette,
lute
Stephen Stubbs,
lute & Baroque guitar

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8pm
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Cambridge

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Music of Handel, Steffani, and Monteverdi

“Amanda Forsythe was the star of the show.”

—The Wall Street Journal

“David Hansen is dazzling, with a brilliant coloratura and a beautifully even tone.”

—Herald Sun