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Aliénor

Tuesday, June 9 at 1pm

Tuesday, June 9 at 3pm

Wednesday, June 10 at 1pm

Wednesday, June 10 at 3pm

Aliénor promotes the creation of new music for the harpsichord by producing concerts, commissioning new works, and sponsoring a quadrennial composition competition. The name honors Eleanor of Aquitaine, a famed 12th-century patron of the arts. This year’s four Fringe concerts, sponsored in cooperation with the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, feature winning compositions from the most recent competition (held in Winston-Salem in 2008), as well as other new solo and chamber works for harpsichord, played side by side with pieces from the Baroque and Classical periods. Twelve harpsichordists from all over North America will be performing.

 

Amici da Lontano

Tuesday, June 9 at 5:30pm

Saturday, June 13 at 10:30am

Amici da Lontano, “friends from Afar,” is a gathering of musicians who, through a variety of unrelated musical experiences, love to make music together. A common friend, described by one critic as “glorious Austin soprano Jenifer Thyssen,” brings together this group of far away friends, including such notable early music specialists as Paul Leenhouts, recorder (Amsterdam), Gabriel Shuford, harpsichord (NYC), Bill Good, lute and theorbo (Boston), Kathleen Kajioka, violin (Toronto), and James Brown, viola da gamba (Austin). Thyssen’s “beautiful vocal storytelling” and her “often haunting delivery—sometimes desperately soft, sometime yearning and open” is The Voice of her Heart for Amici da Lontano.

 

Armonia Celeste

Saturday, June13 at 10am

The emerging ensemble Armonia Celeste offers audiences the ravishing sound of three exquisite female voices intertwining in trios and duets, accompanied by period instruments—theorbo, Baroque guitar, lute, and the rare arpa doppia (baroque triple harp)—and performing in the passionate spirit of the early Italian Baroque. The members have sung and played together for several years in the graduate program at the University of North Texas. Finding that they loved making music together, it seemed appropriate and necessary to continue presenting early music in a new professional ensemble. During the 2009 season, concerts are planned throughout Texas and in Boston.

 

Aula Harmoniae

Tuesday, June 9 at 5:45pm

Aula Harmoniae is devoted to the performance and direct recording of its concerts of Baroque music, in order to provide immediacy of sound without studio manipulation. The group balances interpretive modes of music of the past with the emotional vibrancy intrinsic to each score, and aims to expand the horizons of its repertoire to include Renaissance and Classical works though personal research, study, and editions of original sources. Aula Harmoniae artistic director, flutist Sang Joon Park, is joined by renowned musicians Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba, and Arthur Haas, harpsichord, in a friendly consort of purpose, knowledge, and skills.

 

Amy Bartram & Jocelyn Nelson

Wednesday, June 10 at 12:30pm

Soprano Amy Bartram, based in NYC, is a frequent soloist in Baroque and Classical oratorios, a recitalist, and a singer with professional choirs such as Vox Vocal Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and Musica Sacra (NY). She also directs the Medieval ensemble Machicoti. Visit www.amybartram.com. Jocelyn Nelson (Renaissance guitar) earned her D.M.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She currently teaches lute and guitar literature and music history at East Carolina University. A specialist in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music, she has performed on Renaissance and Baroque guitars in cities throughout North America. Visit www.ecu.edu/music/directory/nelson.cfm.


Bernardus

Tuesday, June 9 at 2pm

Named after the troubadour Bernard de Ventadorn and his colorful life, Bernardus is dedicated to presenting the compelling and rarely heard repertoire of the medieval era. Its founding members, Jay White (countertenor) and Craig Resta (medieval strings), form the core of the ensemble, adding other singers, actors, and instrumentalists to suit each program. Following eight years with Chanticleer, Dr. White received his DMA from the University of Maryland and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University. Dr. Resta has performed at the early music festivals at Berkeley, Bloomington, and RoundTop. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Kent State University.

 

Les Bostonades

Tuesday, June 9 at 2:30pm with Teresa Wakim

Tuesday, June 9 at 5pm with Hank Knox

Les Bostonades, founded by harpsichordist Akiko Sato, is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. The musicians of Les Bostonades have performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. The size of the ensemble varies according to repertoire requirements, and they collaborate with the finest instrumentalists and singers. Bostonades will appear in two Fringe Concerts, La Morte di Lucretia with soprano Teresa Wakim, and Concert Royal, music for two harpsichords with Hank Knox, 2007 Thomas Binkley Award recipient. Further information, including a schedule of upcoming performances, is available at their website, www.bostonades.org.

 

Boston Recorder Quartet

Thursday, June 11 at 12:30pm

Roxanne Layton plays recorder and percussion with Mannheim Steamroller and recorder with Zoe Lewis, Emmanuel Music, and Boston Pops, playing styles from the 1600s to Latin Jazz. Judith Linsenberg is founder/director of Musica Pacifica and has performed and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony, SF and LA Operas, Philharmonia Baroque, and others. Roy Sansom performs on recorder with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, New World Symphony in Miami, and Emmanuel Music. Roy composes for the recorder. Tom Zajac specializes in Medieval and Renaissance wind and percussion instruments, is a member of Piffaro and Ex Umbris, and teaches at Wellesley College.

 

Carol lei Breckenridge

Wednesday, June 10 at 11am

Carol lei Breckenridge, of the Chicago area, is a specialist on several early keyboard instruments—clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano. Dr. Breckenridge has appeared in numerous venues in the U.S. and Europe, including: a C. P. E. Bach Symposium (Cornell University); the International Clavichord Symposium (Magnano, Italy); the National Music Museum; and the University of Transylvania, Rumania. Her recording with Kristin Thelander (natural horn/fortepiano), Music of the Early Nineteenth Century, was released by Crystal Records in 1992. In 2004, her fortepiano recording Music of Haydn and Mozart was released on her own label, Lark Wood Music. Web page: www.breckenridgec.com.

 

Callisto Ascending

Monday, June 8 at 3pm

Callisto Ascending, formed in 2007, is devoted to the vibrant exploration of the familiar and the forgotten in chamber music repertoire for period instruments and voices. 2008–2009 season highlights included the GEMS Early Music/Early Season festival and the Midtown Concert Series in New York, and the Pusey Room Recital Series in Boston. The group recently concluded an artist residency with the New Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir, funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Callisto Ascending is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas. Please visit us at www.callistoascending.com for further information.

 

Cappella Clausura

Tuesday, June 9 at 12 noon

Cappella CLAUSURA is an ensemble of singers and period instruments, based in Boston, that champions works by women from the eighth century to the present day. While we perform music from all historical periods, we concentrate on repertoire from the Italian Baroque by women in the cloisters, or in clausura. By fluke of historical personalities and the fashions of the day, Italian nuns were allowed to express themselves spiritually and artistically, and most importantly, to be published. For too long, history has ignored these remarkable works. With our vision and our voices, Cappella Clausura brings them to light.

 

Cascata

Sunday, June 7 at 2pm

Monday, June 8 at 5pm

Inspired by the name for an ornament discussed by the prominent seventeenth-century composer Giulio Caccini, the early music ensemble Cascata is regularly in demand for both its compelling performances and lively outreach programs. Known for their performances of seventeenth-century dramatic vocal music and virtuosic instrumental repertoire, Cascata represents the newest generation of accomplished early music performers. The flexibility of the ensemble’s vocal, string, and continuo forces enables the exploration of a variety of exciting works for solo and chamber ensemble. Cascata was in residence at Bucknell University during 2008 for a series of educational lectures and concerts, and has performed at various venues in Boston and Cleveland. For more information, please visit the ensemble’s website at www.cascata.org.

 

Concerto Antico

Sunday, June 7 at 2pm

The musicians of Concerto Antico, “raiders of the lost archives,” take particular delight in unearthing long-forgotten works from libraries and bringing them back the concert world. At past BEMF fringe concerts, the ensemble has performed the Oboe Concerto by Madame Laschansky, a Polish noblewoman living in Paris in the late 18th century, and the modern premiere of the Overture for flute d’amore, oboe d’amore, viola d’amore and orchestra by Christof Graupner. The group recently presented the modern premiere of the Johann Brentner Concerto for viola d’amore, lute, oboes, bassoon, and continuo. The ensemble has recorded the Graupner and Brentner works for podcasts by Ars Antigua (arsantiguapresents.com).

 

Concerts Doux

Thursday, June 11 at 3:30pm

Andrea Vallejo has devoted her life to music and its importance in the field of early education. She has pursued private studies with Kathie Lynn Stewart and Michael McCraw, and as both a modern and Baroque flutist, she has performed extensively in the Cleveland and Akron areas, as well as at workshops in Connecticut and upstate New York. Adam Wead is a lute player, educated at Indiana University. His performances have taken him across North America and Europe, including the national Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, and the Danish Music Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Judith Conrad

Wednesday, June 10 at 3:30pm

Friday, June 12 at 3:30pm

Ms. Conrad, who lives in Fall River, Massachusetts, has given clavichord concerts on the fringe of the last three Boston Festivals. She is organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kingston, Rhode Island, and is founder-director of the Delight Consort, which plays largely music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque. A graduate of Harvard University, she has been performing on clavichord since 1985, mainly in small, intimate, informal venues appropriate to the instrument. Recent performances have been in Philadelphia, Jamaica Plain, Magnano, Italy, Edinburgh, Scotland and Almeria, Spain. Active in the peace and social justice movement, she is the originator of the conceit “Clavichordists for World Peace.”

 

Convivium Musicum

Saturday, June 13 at 12:30pm

Formed in 1987 and incorporated in 1990, Convivium Musicum has been praised by the Boston Globe for “the almost dancing lift given to the rhythms, both musical and verbal.” Convivium’s adventurous programming ranges from Josquin and Mouton to Sweelinck and Le Jeune, from Peñalosa to Victoria, from the Song of Songs to Virgil’s Aeneid, and from Europe to New Spain, including masterworks by Byrd, Guerrero, Praetorius, and many lesser-known composers. Convivium Musicum is proud to be a corporation run by its singers. Convivium has been directed since 2007 by Michael Barrett.

 

Les Délices

Saturday, June 13 at 10am

Members of Les Délices (Debra Nagy, Baroque oboe, and Lisa Goode Crawford, harpsichord) celebrate the release of the group’s debut CD, The Tastes Reunited, with a recital of music by François Couperin. Debra Nagy has been called “a baroque oboist of consummate taste and expressivity,” while Lisa Crawford’s “artistry at the keyboard [is] a model of balance and charisma.” Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba, joins us as a guest in this scintillating program that weaves together Couperin’s Troisième and Quatorzième Concerts with selections from his Huitième and Vingt-quatrième Ordres for harpsichord.

 

Dimitry Quartet see Kevin Galiè

 

La Donna Musicale

Saturday, June 13 at 5pm

Hailed by Early Music America for its “excellent performers…outstanding music stylishly performed,” La Donna Musicale is dedicated to the historically informed performance of music by women composers of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. Our concerts provide “both valuable knowledge and entertainment” (Bryn Mawr), and our CDs of Antonia Bembo and Julie Pinel have been praised in Goldberg Magazine: “first-rate…a disc I will be returning to for a long time to come”; International Record Review: “first rate performances of unusually delightful music”; the MLA Quarterly Journal: “warmth and impeccable accuracy”; and EMA: “Exacting scholarship is backed up by high quality performances.” Performers: Sherezade Panthaki, Renee Rapier, Bradford Gleim, voice; Laura Gulley, Sarah Darling, violin; Ruth McKay, Noriko Yasuda, organ & fortepiano.

 

Duo Marchand

Friday, June 12 at 1:30pm

Duo Marchand takes its name from a family of court musicians that flourished in 17th-century France. In recent seasons the Duo has performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Cloisters; the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments; Washington D.C.’s historic Church of the Epiphany; CityMusic in Columbus (OH); the Great Falls (VA) Chamber Music Series; and the Yale Center for British Art. The Duo was also presented by the New York Botanical Garden in a series of performances ancillary to its special exhibition, “The New Renaissance Garden.” The Duo’s program of Shakespeare songs has been broadcast nationwide over Sirius Satellite Radio. 

 

Duo Specchio

Friday, June 12 at 1pm

Soprano Sudie Marcuse has performed throughout the New England area with many ensembles, including: Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, Capella Clausura, Cantata Singers, Cantabile, Novi Cantori, Capella Alamire, and the Boston University Baroque Orchestra under Martin Pearlman. She is a member of the professional choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston. Lutenist Richard Maloney has performed with early music groups including Capella Clausura, Revels, Ensemble Trident, Renaissonics, Harvard University Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston University Opera Institute. He holds a B.M. from the Berklee College of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Early Music from the Longy School of Music.

 

Eastman Collegium Musicum

Thursday, June 11 at 3:30pm

Kate Maroney and John Buffett (U.S.), Dieter Hennings (Mexico), Matthew Huber (U.K.), and Mark Edwards (Canada) have been involved in the Eastman Collegium for many years. Directed by Paul O’Dette and Christel Thielmann at the Eastman School of Music, the group performs music from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries ranging from opera and orchestral projects to smaller-scale chamber works. The make up of the ensemble is flexible depending on the nature of each project. As prize-winners of many international solo competitions, the five musicians in this afternoon’s program relish the opportunity to nurture their interest in early music together, while maintaining busy performing schedules of their own.

 

Ensemble Breve

Friday, June 12 at 3pm

BREVE is a chamber music ensemble based in New York City, which began its performances in 1985. Since then, the group has toured the united States, Mexico and Europe, offering its unique programs to audiences of all ages and cultures. The aim of the ensemble is to perform music of all centuries, on authentic instruments and in historically informed style. In addition to playing music from the Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, and Classical eras, BREVE has commissioned works by contemporary composers for its modern instrument combinations.

 

Ensemble Gaudior

Thursday, June 11 at 12:15pm

Ensemble Gaudior is dedicated to performing masterpieces of chamber music from the Baroque and Classical eras, using instruments from those periods or careful modern copies. Founded in 2000 and based in the Washington, D.C. area, the group is built around a core instrumentation of violin and basso continuo but frequently collaborates with guest artists. To celebrate both its tenth season and the Haydn anniversary year, during 2009 the ensemble has expanded to a full string quartet, whose members are Alexandra MacCracken (artistic director) and Caroline Levy, violins; Marta Howard, viola; and Daniel Rippe, ’cello. More information is available at www.ensemblegaudior.com.

 

Ensemble La Pantomime

Wednesday, June 10 at 12:15pm

Members of Ensemble La Pantomime met and worked together at Amherst Early Music Festival in the summer of 2008, where the group was coached by Dana Maiben. Jessica Powell is a doctoral student at Stony Brook University, where she studied historical and modern bass with Joseph Carver, and modern bass with Kurt Muroki. Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, harpsichordist, is a Doctoral student at the Juilliard School and has studied with Lionel Party, Arthur Haas, and Louis Bagger. Anna Griffis, violinist, received her B.M after studies with Anton Miller and Emlyn Ngai at the Hartt School, and is a member of Foundling Baroque Orchestra.

 

Ensemble SDG

Saturday, June 6 at 5:30pm

Ensemble SDG takes its name from J. S. Bach’s epigraph and its own members’ approach to music and life: soli Deo gloria, or “to God alone the glory.” Violinist Edith Hines performs with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Bach Musicians. John Chappell Stowe is Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Ensemble Suave

Wednesday, June 10 at 3pm

Ensemble Suave, founded in 2003, is a Boston-based continuo ensemble specializing in vibrant interpretations of seldom-performed Baroque music. In its six-year history, Ensemble Suave has performed in over twenty-five concerts and music series and with specialists in Baroque music, including local singers, violinists, and others. Excelling in Baroque vocal works, we are very pleased to be playing with Steven Serpa and Gerrod Pagenkopf (countertenors) and Jeanne Lucas (soprano) in this 2009 BEMF concert. For more information, visit www.ensemblesuave.com.

 

Ensemble Très.

Monday, June 8 at 12 noon

Très., French for “very,” connotes the Baroque aesthetic: extravagant, ornate, even bizarre or excessive. Très. strives to create programs that reflect this ideal, whether Très joyeux, or Très charmant. The members of Très. can be heard with Emmanuel Music, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, Mark Morris, and Aston Magna. Très. has been presented by the Museum Concert Series in Providence, the Wilson Concert series in Newburyport, SoHIP, the House of the Seven Gables, and has received numerous local cultural council grants over the past eight years. Très. has performed on WHRB radio, and on CBS-TV4 by Joyce Kulhawik, for our First Night Boston 2005 concerts.

 

Ensemble Vermillian

Monday, June 8 at 3pm

Ensemble Vermillian explores less-familiar repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries and makes it their own through transcription for their particular instruments. Sisters Frances Blaker (recorders) and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck (Baroque ’cello) form the core of the group, hatching plans for exciting musical excursions that then involve other fine musicians including here David Wilson (Baroque violin) and Henry Lebedinsky (harpsichord). The very special group chemistry that these players create together makes for compelling performances, both for the audience and the performers. The combination of music research and vibrant performance are what make Ensemble Vermillian stand out from the crowd.

 

Exsultemus

Friday, June 5 at 8pm

Hailed for its “thrilling…beautiful” performances (Goldberg), Exsultemus [ek-sul-TAY-mus] is a small vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to re-introducing the sublime music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods to modern audiences through exquisite and exhilarating performances. Taking its name from the Latin for “let us rejoice,” Exsultemus is modeled after small estate and chapel choirs of the 16th and 17th centuries and performs without a conductor. Exsultemus has appeared with Connecticut Early Music Festival, Cambridge Society for Early Music, and WGBH Radio Boston, and has provided music for audio tours at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Exsultemus is Ensemble-in-Residence at the First Lutheran Church of Boston.

 

Flying Forms & Opera Meraviglia

Friday, June 12 at 11am

Flying Forms is a Baroque chamber music ensemble consisting of core members Marc Levine (Baroque violin) and Tami Morse (harpsichord). Flying Forms experiments with a broad repertoire within the chamber music genre. This young group is quickly establishing a presence in America’s early music scene, collaborating with prominent musicians, musicologists and baroque dancers. In residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip, New York, recent performances have included concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concerts, and Stony Brook University, where the group presented a concert in February 2008 of seven new works written for period instruments.

 

Kevin Galiè and the Dimitry Quartet

Wednesday, June 10 at 12 noon

Kevin Galiè is a prominent orchestral arranger, choral conductor and keyboard performer in the U.S. and Italy. He performs regularly on his own instruments, which include harpsichord, positiv organ, harmonium, and celesta. The Dimitry Quartet: Jane S. Dimitry, violin, prominent teacher and violinist for ensembles including Portland Symphony and Palm Beach Opera; Linda Hill, viola, performs with Emmanuel Music and Rhode Island Philharmonic, and teaches at Longy School of Music; Marla Rubinson, violin, coach for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, teacher, and former student of Peter Zazofsky; and Sandy Kiefer, ’cello, freelances with ensembles including Boston Ballet and Boston Pops, and teaches at the University of Rhode Island and Longy School of Music.

 

Maria Georgakarakou

Monday, June 8 at 6pm

Soprano Maria Georgakarakou was born in Greece and studied voice and harpsichord in Athens. In 1997, she came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar. In 2001, she received her Master’s degree in Early Music with distinction from the Longy School of Music, where she also received the Erwin Bodky award for excellence in early music performance. She is a founding member of Ensemble Trident and Duo Oriana. Georgakarakou has appeared at First Night, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concerts, and on the SoHIP Summer Concert Series. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Historical Musicology at Boston University.

 

Good Pennyworths

Friday, June 12 at 1:30pm

Good Pennyworths, a vocal quartet (with lute) from New York City, was founded in 2007 to explore lute song repertoire with dramatic flair. The Lute Society of America’s Journal praised their “surprising…vocal drama” and called their work “engaging for eye, ear, mind and heart.” The GPs are Garald Farnham (baritone, lutes), Matt Leisy (tenor), Erika Lloyd (soprano), and Alane Marco (mezzo). They have performed for the Lute Society of America’s 2008 Lute Festival, Early Music in Columbus (OH) and, while on tour in January 2009, won over audiences in eight Southeastern cities. They are thrilled to make their Boston debut. www.myspace.com/goodpennyworths.

Arthur Haas see Aula Harmoniae

 

Harmonious Blacksmith

Tuesday, June 9 at 12:30pm

Inspired by the bawdy and joyous spirit of English songs, Harmonious Blacksmith improvises and ornaments the music of Byrd, Morley and their contemporaries. Named after Thomas Weelkes’s fourth book of madrigals, this program also draws from the keyboard music in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Founded in 2006 by harpsichordist Joseph Gascho and recorder player Justin Godoy, Harmonious Blacksmith has quickly earned critical acclaim for its “superb improvisations,” “dazzling virtuosity,” and “almost incredible accord.” Harmonious Blacksmith holds residencies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at An Die Musik LIVE! in Baltimore.

 

Kate Bennett Haynes & Yi-heng Yang

Saturday, June 6 at 2pm

Kate Bennett Haynes enjoys an international career dedicated to historical performance of all periods. In addition to working with Baroque orchestras such as Toronto’s Tafelmusik and Aradia, Montreal’s Arion, and Belgium’s B’Rock, Kate is a founding member of Classical/Romantic ensembles such as Boston Hausmusik and the newly formed Sanssouci Quartet. Yi-heng Yang is currently studying the fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland in Amsterdam on a Huygens scholarship, while completing a doctorate at Juilliard in piano performance. A committed chamber musician, she performs frequently with members of the Nederlands Kamerorkest and is on faculty at The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

 

David Hyun-su Kim

Wednesday, June 10 at 12 noon

see also Sezi Seskir, Saturday, June 13 at 5pm

Hailed by Malcolm Bilson as a musician “who will doubtless make an important contribution to the musical life of this country,” fortepianist David Hyun-su Kim made his orchestral debut in Vienna in July 2007, performing Mozart Concerto K. 456 with the Vienna Residence Orchestra. Mr. Kim holds degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Cornell Universities, and completed further musical studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He has appeared at the prestigious Banff, Norfolk, and PianoFest Austria Music Festivals, and his major teachers include Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, and Peter Frankl. Please find further information at www.DavidKimPiano.com or via email at david.hyunsu.kim@gmail.com.

 

Laura Jeppesen see Les Délices

 

Hank Knox see Les Bostonades

 

Jaya Lakshminarayanan & Alistair Thompson

Monday, June 8 at 2:30pm

 

Josh Lee, Charles Sherman, John Lenti & David Walker

Wednesday, June 10 at 1:30pm

Josh Lee, bass viol, is founder of Ostraka and has performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has recorded with Dorian and Koch International. John Lenti, theorbo, studied at North Carolina School for the Arts and Indiana University. He has collaborated with Seattle Opera, Harmonious Blacksmith, and La Monica. Charles Sherman, harpsichord, has performed with Musica Pacifica, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and Handel and Haydn Society. He has recorded with several labels including BMG. David Walker, theorbo and guitar, has appeared with Tempesta di Mare, Chatham Baroque, Catacoustic Consort, and Glimmerglass Opera. David’s performances are often heard on NPR’s Harmonia.

 

John Lenti see Josh Lee and see Linda Tsatsanis

 

Longy School of Music Early Music Department

Friday, June 12 at 11am

Longy Early Music majors pursuing the Graduate Performance Diploma or Master of Music degree participate in many performance courses and chamber music ensembles while at the school. Projects in recent years have included Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutem, Abendmusik (works of Buxtehude, Tünder, and Schütz), English Consort Songs, French Baroque cantatas, and fully-staged Early Opera performances such as Sebastian Duron’s zarzuela, Salir el Amor del Mundo, and W. A. Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. In addition, each student prepares at least one full-length recital, often involving current students, experienced Longy alumni still in the area, and Boston early music professionals.

 

Andrus Madsen

Thursday, June 11 at 3:30pm

Andrus Madsen hails originally from Provo, Utah. He studied Organ at Brigham Young University with Douglas Bush, and later did degrees in Harpsichord and Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, studying at the harpsichord with Arthur Haas. He also studied clavichord and fortepiano with Peter Sykes. He currently resides Newton, Massachusetts where he is the Music Director at Second Church in Newton. He performs frequently in the New England area, and played recently at Carnegie Hall. He is the director and founder of Newton Baroque, and plays in the ensembles La Sylva and Saltarello.

 

Balázs Máté see Oleskiewicz-Schulenberg Duo

 

Martha McGaughey see Aula Harmoniae

 

The Merriweather Consort see C. W. Post Madrigal Singers

 

Music Divine

Saturday, June 13 at 4:30pm

Music Divine, a mixed ensemble of 10 to 16 voices, emphasizes sacred music centered around the year MD (1500)—plus or minus 500 years, from plainchant to Pärt, and with a healthy dose of secular. Its director and members have sung in many of the best choirs and early music groups in the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere. Founded in 2005 and directed by Stephen Bonime, Music Divine performs in and around New York City in acoustically beautiful churches and under resonant Central Park overpasses, and presented a BEMF Fringe Concert of (mainly) Renaissance Music For Peace and Against War in 2007.

 

Musica Nuova

Thursday, June 11 at 3pm

Founded in 2008, Musica Nuova presents historically informed performances of Baroque and Renaissance music in a way that engages newcomers and offers a new level of interpretation to more experienced listeners. We create a theatrical narrative based on the meaning of the songs, and use props and movement to weave a storyline. Concerts are sung memorized and staged, allowing the performance to fully reflect the highly dramatic and emotional qualities of the music. Musica Nuova includes Amanda Keil, mezzo-soprano; Scott Lemire, lute; Suzanne Cartreine, harpsichord; and Joshua Schreiber Shalem, viola da gamba, performing with Thann Scoggin, baritone.

 

Musical Playground

Saturday, June 13 at 10:30am

Martina Bley (recorder) and Jörg Jacobi (harpischord & organ) met in 1989 while studying early music, and since that time have played together in uncounted concerts, broadcasts, and CD recordings. They have a reputation as being the most innovative and interesting German musicians in their field. Their concerts are characterized by musical sovereignty, technical brilliance, and impetuous joy in playing. Musical Playground’s speciality is to bring long-forgotten compositions back to the stage, and they have a playful and unusual vision of early music. They are also publishers (www.edition-baroque.de) and teachers (University of the Arts, Bremen). Jörg Jacobi is also a continuo player for BEMF opera productions.

 

Musicians of Ma’alwyck

Thursday, June 11 at 11am

Musicians of Ma’alwyck was founded in 1999 by violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, and specializes particularly in music performed in 18th- and 19th-century America. The ensemble presents five subscription concerts per season, with repertory drawn from the music collection at the New York State Library, and is in residence at the General Philip Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York and at Schenectady County Community College. Named best chamber music ensemble of the Capital Region for 2008 by Metroland, the ensemble recently produced and presented three sold-out performances of the 1783 opera The Poor Soldier by William Shield and John O’Keeffe.

 

Music’s Quill

Saturday, June 6 at 2:30pm

Saturday, June 13 at 12 noon

Music’s Quill is a voice and lute duo, specializing in the songs of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Since 2000, Timothy N. Johnson, tenor, and Timothy Burris, lute, have performed music from the English ayre to the French air de cour, from Thomas Morley, John Dowland, and Thomas Campion across the Channel to Gabriel Bataille, Pierre Guédron, and Antoine Boësset. In 2007, they released The Songs of Phillip Rosseter, Part 1, and this CD, along with Part 2, will comprise the first full recordings of Rosseter’s songs. “Johnson’s lines are silky and warm: Burris’s accompaniment is placed simply and gracefully.” —Early Music America

 

Jocelyn Nelson see Amy Bartram

 

Newport Baroque

Tuesday, June 9 at 4pm

Thursday, June 11 at 3pm

Founded in 2003, Newport Baroque (Newport, Rhode Island) presents concerts of Baroque music on period instruments. The 2008–2009 concert season featured recitals by eminent soloists, Bach cantatas, and performances of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. For more information, visit www.newportbaroque.org.

 

The New York Continuo Collective

Thursday, June 11 at 12 noon

Formed in 1998, and open to all regardless of their level of experience and expertise, the New York Continuo Collective conducts a weekly workshop for singers and instrumentalists in the realizing of the highly improvised music of the early Baroque. The Collective occasionally offers shorter, specialized classes, such as continuo theory, a theorbo seminar, harmony for singers, and classes in grounds, dance forms, and improvisation. Masterclasses have been given by Stephen Stubbs, Elizabeth Kenny, Paula Chateauneuf, Karl-Ernst Shroeder, Andrew Lawrence-King, and Judith Malafronte. Continuo Collective performances represent the culmination of each semester’s work.

 

Oberlin College Conservatory of Music Historical Performance Program

Friday, June 12 at 1:30pm

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is a pioneer and leader in the field of historical performance, and Oberlin’s renowned faculty are active throughout the world. The Oberlin Conservatory owns one of the nation’s finest collections of historical instruments. Each summer, many of the world’s foremost artists are brought to Oberlin as performers and teachers for the annual Baroque Performance Institute, an intensive, two-week program. Oberlin’s alumni have gone on to achieve illustrious careers as solo performers, composers, and conductors in early music, among them Benjamin Bagby, Derek Lee Ragin, Michael Sponseller, Edward Tarr, and Jeannette Sorrell. For more information about Oberlin, visit www.oberlin.edu/con.

 

Oleskiewicz-Schulenberg Duo with Balázs Máté

Friday, June 12 at 10am

Mary Oleskiewicz is the world’s leading scholar and performer of flute music from eighteenth-century Berlin, home of King Frederick the Great, a flutist, as well as his teacher Quantz and his keyboard accompanist C.P.E. Bach. Using exact copies of flutes made by Quantz for the king, Dr. Oleskiewicz has recorded three CDs of previously unpublished Berlin flute works, including the six flute quartets of Quantz. This year she presents additional works, previously unknown, joined by harpsichordist and musicologist David Schulenberg (author of The Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach and Music of the Baroque) and ’cellist Balázs Máté (founder and director of the Hungarian early-music ensemble Aura Musicale).

 

Oriana Consort

Saturday, June 13 at 12:45pm

The Oriana Consort, a choral ensemble of twenty-four auditioned singers, is really a chorale: it was named during an earlier incarnation as an eight-member consort, and the name stuck. It performs works from the Renaissance through the present at concerts in Cambridge and Boston, and has done invitational performances for the Candlelight Concerts at Old Ship Church, Hingham; The Center for Arts in Natick; Vox Humana; and the 2005 Lux Aeterna benefit for Southeast Asia tsunami survivors. In 2007 the Consort was one of four Boston-area groups to participate in a choral masterclass under Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars.

 

Sang Joon Park see Aula Harmoniae

 

Passione dei sensi

Monday, June 8 at 3pm

Christine Free, lyric mezzo-soprano, Faythe Vollrath, harpisichordist, James Smith, lutenist, Lisa Dowling, viola da gamba, and Christa Patton, Baroque harp, unite to perform for the second time at the Boston Early Music Festival. Turning the Lamento d’Arianna into a “veritable mad song” (Early Music America, 2007), Christine Free is known for her passion and charisma in performing a variety of styles from the Baroque genre. The group will feature works by Purcell, Frescobaldi, and Stradella, promising both a riveting and sensuous afternoon of music.

 

Philablaeser

Monday, June 8 at 4:30pm

The Philablaeser is a flexible ensemble made up of the country’s premier exponents of Classical woodwinds. Formed in 2008, the group offers programs from duets to octets by Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries. Their appearance at the BEMF Fringe is their inaugural appearance in woodwind quintet configuration. The Philablaeser take their name from the group’s home base of Philadelphia, but also from their love of the rich and entertaining repertoire for winds which was so much a part of the musical landscape of the Classical era.

 

Polyhymnia

Saturday, June 13 at 12:30pm

Polyhymnia, one of New York City’s leading early music ensembles, and artists-in-residence at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, is comprised of singers focusing on historically informed performances of sacred music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. Since 2000, director John Bradley has been creating original editions of music for the ensemble, some of it having lain forgotten in manuscripts since the 16th century. Working in collaboration with libraries, liturgical historians, and educational institutions, Polyhymnia’s mission is to preserve and reintroduce choral masterworks composed between 1450 and 1650. Recent concerts have featured the music of Fayrfax, Padilla, Palestrina, Vaet, and Gombert.

 

C. W. Post Madrigal Singers, the Merriweather Consort & the C. W. Post Guitar Ensemble

Thursday, June 11 at 11am

Heralded for their “casual grace and air of genuine pleasure in what they were doing,” The C. W. Post Madrigal Singers and the Merriweather Consort from the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University, directed by Jeffrey Johnson and Maureen Hynes, are ensembles dedicated to the vocal and instrumental music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance both in performance and as a fundamental educational strategy. The ensembles have toured nationally and internationally with the Long Island University Chamber Singers. The C.W. Post Guitar Ensemble is made up of undergraduate and graduate guitar students, and performs music from the Renaissance to the present at festivals, public schools, and guitar societies.

 

Quaver Viol Consort

Tuesday, June 9 at 1pm

Quaver is an innovative viol consort founded in 2008 by Marie Dalby, Brady Lanier, Loren Ludwig, and Tobi Szuts. All members are performers and teachers committed to exploring the many facets of viol chamber music as well as bringing the ensemble to as many different audiences as possible. Quaver’s concerts draw on the traditional viol consort repertoire to reunite polyphony’s rich musical heritage with the eclectic sensibilities of the iPod era: seventeenth-century pavans and fantasias are paired with recent polyphonic music from performers such as the electronica ensemble Ratatat. Quaver appeals to audiences as diverse as its music, with performances that stretch the ear and imagination.

 

Quicksilver

Saturday, June 13 at 11am

Quicksilver is an exciting new ensemble of some of the finest historically informed performers in America today. Led by Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, this ensemble explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian and German seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. The performers of Quicksilver are all longstanding members of some of America’s most distinguished early music ensembles. For their BEMF appearance, Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski (violin), Dominic Teresi (dulcian), David Morris (’cello and gamba), Greg Ingles (sackbut), and Avi Stein (harpsichord), will be joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan.

 

Rossignol

Tuesday, June 9 at 5:45pm

Though their paths never crossed there, Megan Drake and Bálint Karosi attended Oberlin at the same time—Mr. Karosi earned a Master of Music in historical performance and an Artist Diploma, while Ms. Drake earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in French and musicology. Mr. Karosi is the Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church in Boston, and is the recent winner of the prestigious Bach Competition. Ms. Drake plans to begin her graduate work in historical performance this fall, and was recently invited back to Oberlin to give a lecture-recital entitled “The Grace of Language: 17th-Century France and its Vocal Music.”

 

¡Sacabuche!

Sunday, June 7 at 1pm

¡Sacabuche! is a collegium ensemble of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. We perform the beautiful and lesser-known repertoire of concerted vocal music with Baroque trombones and organ. ¡Sacabuche! has recently won the Early Music America Collegium Musicum grant competition resulting in a partial sponsorship of their concert during the 2009 BEMF Fringe Concert. Linda Pearse (director and Baroque trombonist) studied at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, and lived in Europe for over ten years before returning to North America, where she now currently teaches early trombone as an adjunct lecturer for the IU Early Music Institute.

 

Saltarello

Thursday, June 11 at 2pm

A Saltarello is an energetic Italian dance that dates from the late 14th century. In the spirit of its namesake, the trio SALTARELLO has enchanted audiences through its rousing and imaginative interpretations of Baroque, Renaissance, and early Classical music. Saltarello has toured extensively, including appearances at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Fringe Festivals, the Vermont Millennium Music Festival, the Society for Historically Informed Performance’s Summer Early Music Concerts, Marlboro College, and the Wilmington Vermont Arts Series. Following a national competition, Saltarello was recently chosen to be included on the Star Spangled Season touring roster, coordinated by Early Music America. Please visit Saltarello at www.cantornote.com.

 

The Sanssouci Quartet

Friday, June 12 at 2pm

The Sanssouci Quartet formed in 2008, when the Rosetta Trio joined forces with historical violinist Karina Fox to explore the rich 18th-century string quartet repertoire on period instruments. The group takes its name from the summer palace of Frederick the Great, whose court composers were to have a profound influence not only on the composers of the late 18th century but also on today’s historical performance movement. The group brings together a vast array of musical influences from its members’ work with Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, B’Rock, Arion, and Tempesta di Mare.

 

Sezi Seskir & David Hyun-su Kim

Saturday, June 13 at 5pm

Sezi Seskir was born in Ankara, Turkey, where she received her first degree in piano. She continued her studies at Lübeck Musikhochschule in Germany with Prof. Konstanze Eickhorst. In January 2005, she completed degrees both in artistic and pedagogical piano. Along with many solo recitals in Europe and Turkey, she also performed Schumann’s A-minor piano concerto Op. 54 and Ravel’s Concerto in G major with orchestras in Turkey, and Mozart’s A-major piano concerto, K. 414, with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra. Seskir is completing her D.M.A. degree with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University. David Hyun-su Kim’s bio can be found in the entry for his solo concert.

 

Seven Hills Renaissance Wind Ensemble

Monday, June 8 at 12:30pm

The Seven Hills Renaissance Wind Ensemble was formed at the Longy School of Music in 2004. The name is an allusion to the long European tradition of civic wind bands dating back to ancient Rome and its seven hills, and to the seven hills of Somerville, Massachusetts, where several of the ensemble members reside. The ensemble is devoted to historically informed performance of sacred and secular music from the 15th through 17th centuries, played on cornetto, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, and recorder. In the tradition of the Spanish ministriles, Italian piffari, and English waits, they perform a broad variety of Renaissance polyphony.

 

Seven Times Salt

Tuesday, June 9 at 4pm

Seven Times Salt, based in Boston, is a broken consort specializing in 16th-century English music and ballads. The band has presented concerts for the Society for Historically Informed Performance, Plimoth Plantation, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, among others. They have appeared at the Amherst, Bloomington, and Boston Early Music Festivals (fringe), as well as on WGBH radio. Seven Times Salt also enjoys accompanying Renaissance and English country dances.

 

Charles Sherman see Josh Lee

 

Alistair Thompson see Jaya Lakshminarayanan

 

Travessada

Tuesday, June 9 at 12:15pm

Travessada, a consort comprising Peter H. Bloom, Eric Haas, Na’ama Lion and David F. Place, performs music of the European Renaissance on transverse flutes. (“Travessada” is Catalan for “transverse.”) The matched sets of instruments on which they play are faithful copies of historic 15th- and 16th-century specimens. Travessada’s repertoire includes sacred and secular vocal music and instrumental fantasies and dances.

 

Trefoil

Thursday, June 11 at 12:30pm

TREFOIL, a trio of modern minstrels long active in early music, débuted in 2000 with a program of 14th-century French ars subtilior song. The Philadelphia Inquirer tagged the performers “a hearty trio of Medieval music specialists” and their work as “an intricate, enigmatic vocal art.” TREFOIL has appeared in concert and master classes at The Cloisters, Temple University, Vassar College, Middlebury College, Franklin and Marshall College, the Vermont Millennium Arts Festival, Boston College, and many other venues. The trio has made joint appearances with Piffaro and the Folger and Newberry Consorts. Upcoming are performances with Early Music in Columbus and at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

 

Linda Tsatsanis & John Lenti

Tuesday, June 9 at 2pm

Hailed by the Seattle Times as a duo “that anyone with ears and a soul can love,” Linda Tsatsanis, soprano, and John Lenti, lutenist, explore the myriad opportunities for musical expression with voice and lute. With their Seattle concert series entering its third season, they also released their first album in February of 2009 with Origin Classical, And I Remain: Three Love Stories. They began their collaboration at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, and have gone on to busy solo careers in addition to their work as a duo.

 

University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers

Friday, June 12 at 10am

With twenty strings and a full complement of wind, keyboard and brass, the UNT Baroque Orchestra is on of the largest and most complete student ensembles of its type in the nation. UNT performers study with renowned early music specialists such as Cynthia Roberts and Gonzalo X. Ruiz, and graduates of the program play in several Baroque orchestras around North America. The 26-member UNT Collegium Singers performs music from the 16th through 18th centuries, often with the Baroque Orchestra. Dr. Lyle Nordstrom, winner of the 2000 Thomas Binkley Award, directs the ensembles. This concert is sponsored by a Collegium Musicum grant from Early Music America.

 

The Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York

Thursday, June 11 at 1pm

The Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York was founded in 2004. Each week viol players of all ages and conditions—children, adults, amateurs, and professionals—meet to study the technique and repertoire of the viola da gamba. The Japanese word “dojo” signifies a place or a community of learners where people assemble to study the dao (the way) through meditation or a performance discipline such as a martial art or music. The Viola da Gamba Dojo is a place for people to grow through the practice of the viol. The Dojo performs two concerts annually in New York City.

 

Viola da Gamba Society of America

Thursday, June 11 at 9am

The Viola da Gamba Society of America presents its young artists in its second “Gamba Gamut” with another series of mini-programs of consort and solo music representing the entire history of the viola da gamba, from composers of the late Renaissance through 18th-century virtuoso Marin Marais. The performers are winners of the Society’s Young Artists Grants-in-Aid and alumni of the Consort Cooperative, a special workshop of the VdGSA’s annual Conclave. They include Phillip Serna, Joshua Lee, Tobi Szuts, Brady Lanier, Rachel Cama-Lekx, Heather Miller Lardin, Marie Dalby, Celia Olson, Na’ama Jacoby, Karen Burciaga, Virginia Kaycoff, and Webster Williams, with assisting artists.

 

The Vivaldi Project

Wednesday, June 10 at 3pm

Created in 2007 by Baroque violinist Elizabeth Field, the Washington, D.C.–based Vivaldi Project is dedicated to presenting truly dramatic performances of 18th-century ensemble music on period instruments. Modeled on an 18th-century court orchestra, Elizabeth Field leads in the role of Kapellmeister (concertmaster) with each individual musician contributing in developing a distinctive voice and character to the group. Frequent performers in the D.C. and Baltimore area, the Vivaldi Project has been praised for its “buoyant spirit, expressive warmth and technical fluency of [the] playing” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). Please visit thevivaldiproject.org for more information.

 

Vox Lucens

Sunday, June 7 at 2pm

Vox Lucens (Jay Lane, director) has been gathering for almost fourteen years to study, enjoy, and perform Renaissance music. The choir specializes in the sacred and secular repertoire of the 16th century, and often brings to light works that have been little known in the concert hall. Based in Arlington, Massachusetts, Vox Lucens has collaborated with the Renaissance dance ensemble Pavane and the commedia dell’arte troupe I Sebastiani. This is their third appearance on the BEMF Fringe. 978-897-5372; www.voxlucens.net.

 

Teresa Wakim see Les Bostonades

 

David Walker see Josh Lee

 

Seth Warner

Friday, June 12 at 10:30am

Seth Warner is a vibrant musician whose performances on vihuela, lute, and guitar have been described as “ethereal” by the Portland Press Herald. He holds degrees in Musicology and Performance and has also studied with Hopkinson Smith. Upcoming performance highlights include the Boccherini Quintets with The Parker String Quartet and solo recitals throughout the United States. He is the director of Early Music at St. Luke’s, the ensemble Music for a While, and also manages the Olin Arts Center at Bates College for which he was named as an Emerging Arts Leader by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. www.sethwarner.com.

 

Yi-heng Yang see Kate Bennett Haynes