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“There’s nothing quite like the Boston Early Music Festival… mainstream repertoire tends to be cherry-picked by musicologists; brilliant music like this has to be rediscovered.”

The Boston Herald


Boston Early Music Festival: June 12-19, 2011

Organ Mini-Festival
directed by William Porter

Thursday, June 16 at 9:30am
Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College

Tickets are still available! Online sales for this concert have ended. Tickets will be sold at Houghton Chapel and First Lutheran Church of Boston prior to the performances.

PART ONE | 9:30am-12 noon
9:30am–10:45am: JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE

Sweelinck and his Students

A brief introduction to the extraordinary mean-tone organ at Wellesley College by Claire Fontijn (Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor of the Humanities and Associate Professor of Music, Wellesley College) will precede Mr. Christie’s performance.

James David Christie illuminates the transition from the late Renaissance to the early Baroque, with organ works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and his star students: Samuel Scheidt, Melchior Schildt, Heinrich Scheidemann, and Jacob Praetorius. To illustrate the Festival’s theme, Mr. Christie’s program will include several works originally composed for the voice and later intabulated for the organ, such as the Sweelinck and Scheidemann organ settings of John Dowland’s Pavana Lacrymae.

10:45am–12 noon: LUCA GUGLIELMI

Iter Bachianum—From Sweelinck to Bach through Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, and other famous pupils

Luca Guglielmi takes a break from the Niobe Orchestra pit to present a program selected for Wellesley’s mean-tone organ, with works by Sweelinck, Scheidt, Scheidemann, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Weckman, Tunder, Buxtehude, Pasquini, Bruhns, Casini, Zipoli, and J. S.Bach.

Thursday, June 16 at 2pm | |Purchase Tickets
The First Lutheran Church of Boston

PART TWO | 12pm-4pm

The Great “Leipzig” Chorales of J. S. Bach

William Porter returns to the BEMF concert stage by popular demand, in a monumental performance of all seventeen Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651–667. Rarely heard in one sitting, this complete set of large-scale chorale preludes represents the summit of Bach’s sacred organ music.