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Boston Early Music Festival Announces 2012–2013 Boston Concert Series
Highlights include two semi-staged performances of Monteverdi’s Orfeo as well as emerging superstars and Early Music pioneers such as Concerto Köln, Hespèrion XXI with Jordi Savall, The Tallis Scholars, Quicksilver, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, keyboardist Luca Guglielmi, and Stile Antico.

Cambridge, MA – June 21, 2012 – The Boston Early Music Festival announces the 2012–2013 BEMF Concert Series, featuring brilliant Early Music artists and ensembles audiences are sure to remember for a lifetime. Since 1989, BEMF has been bringing the legends and rising stars of Early Music to Boston for rare and unforgettable performances. The 2012-2013 Season will also include the fifth annual BEMF Chamber Opera Series, featuring a production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

The season opens with an eagerly anticipated BEMF début by the world-renowned chamber ensemble, Concerto Köln on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8pm at Emmanuel Church in Boston in a program of concertos by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and dall’Abaco. Founded in 1985, Concerto Köln has thrilled audiences around the globe through their performances and over 50 recordings with “an exhilarating authentic-band experience” (Classic FM).

The following week, the legendary viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall returns to Boston for a special performance with Hespèrion XXI on Friday, November 2 at 8pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. One of the world’s most beloved artists, Savall will perform with, and direct his ensemble of seven exception artists—playing all members of the viol family, plus lute, theorbo, and percussion—in a program of masterpieces from the golden age of consort viol music from 1500–1700.

A “popular tradition among local early music fans” (The Boston Globe) continues Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 24 at 8pm and Sunday, November 25 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall with the fifth annual BEMF Chamber Opera Series production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Written for the 1607 Carnival celebrations at the Court of Mantua, Monteverdi’s masterpiece is a landmark in opera history and has emerged as the most popular of the genre’s earliest works. Leading the semi-staged production will be Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Stage Director Gilbert Blin and Choreographer Melinda Sullivan. BEMF audience favorite Aaron Sheehan, tenor, will be featured in the title role.

Beloved vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, celebrates the holiday season on Sunday, December 2 at 7:30pm at St. Paul Church, Cambridge with a program of music by Vivanco, Lassus, Pärt, and Praetorius. Lauded throughout the world for their “deeply moving” performances (The Telegraph), these incomparable singers will be making their 24th annual appearance on the BEMF Concert Series.

Made up of some of the all-star instrumentalists of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra (BEMFO), the six members of Quicksilver follows up on their June 2011 BEMF début with a program of virtuosic chamber music from 17th-century Germany on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. Directed by frequent BEMFO Concertmaster Robert Mealy and violinist Julie Andrijeski, the ensemble dazzled audiences at the 2011 Festival with their “drop-dead gorgeous” playing (Early Music America).

The Venice Baroque Orchestra returns—by popular demand—on Friday, February 8 at 8pm at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Renowned as “one of the world's most adventurous and dramatic period-instrument ensembles” (NPR), the ensemble with director Andrea Marcon, returns for their forth appearance on the BEMF concert stage with an engaging selection of Italian concertos focusing on the great Venetian master, Vivaldi.

One of the world’s foremost Early Music keyboardists and a stalwart member of the BEMF Orchestra, Luca Guglielmi takes center stage on Saturday, March 9 at 8pm at First Lutheran Church in Boston. Guglielmi earned a standing ovation for his solo performance at the June 2011 Festival; he will perform on both harpsichord and pipe organ in this must-see double recital featuring masterworks of J.S. Bach.

A season of unforgettable concerts ends with the thrilling young singers of Stile Antico on Friday, April 5 at 8pm at St. Paul Church, Cambridge. Since making their North American début at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival, this vocal ensemble has fast established themselves as one of the most popular ensembles with BEMF audiences while delighting critics with a reviewer for The Boston Globe calling a selection from their December, 2011 concert “one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.” Stile Antico presents an enticingly varied tour of Renaissance treasures from across Europe and 15 different composers.

Subscriptions and individual tickets are now on sale through the Boston Early Music Festival Box Office at 617-661-1812 or online at WWW.BEMF.ORG. Discounted subscription packages start as low as $102 for three programs.

The 2012–2013 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, GTC Law Group, and U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management.


Recognized as the preeminent early music presenting organization in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London).  The fully staged operatic centerpiece of the 17th Festival and Exhibition in 2013 will be the first modern-day historically-conceived production of Handel’s Almira, led by BEMF Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and Stage Director and Set Designer Gilbert Blin. Leading an international cast will be soprano Veronica Cangemi in the title role.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email


Dates, times, venues, artists, and programs are subject to change.

Concerto Köln
Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8pm
Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA)
Concertare: Music by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and dall’Abaco
Tickets: $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, director & viol
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA)
Musical Europe: The Golden Age of Consort Viol Music (1500–1700)
Tickets: $100 - $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

BEMF Chamber Opera Series presenting Monteverdi’s Orfeo
Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Aaron Sheehan as Orfeo
BEMF Chamber Ensemble and BEMF Dance Ensemble
Concerto Palatino, directed by Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8pm
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA)
Tickets: $125 - $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

The Tallis Scholars
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7:30pm
St. Paul Church, Cambridge (29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA)
Love is Better than Wine: Music for the Holiday Season by Vivanco, Lassus, Pärt, and Praetorius
Tickets: $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, directors
Saturday, January 28, 2013 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA)
Fantasticus: The Extravagant and Virtuosic Chamber Music of 17th-century Germany
Tickets: $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon, director & harpsichord
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4pm
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA)
Italian Concertos for Single and Multiple Instruments: Music by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Geminiani, and Veracini
Tickets: $100 - $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

Luca Guglielmi, harpsichord & organ
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8pm
First Lutheran Church, Boston (299 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA)
Bach in Dresden: A Double Recital
Tickets: $66 - $49 - $38 - $19

Stile Antico
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8pm
St. Paul Church, Cambridge (29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA)
Treasures of the Renaissance: Masterpieces from the Golden Age of Choral Music
Tickets: $66 - $49 - $38 - $19