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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2012
CONTACT: Kathleen Fay, Executive Director
617-661-1812 |


Cambridge, MA – September 24, 2012 – The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble will be a featured guest ensemble taking part in the internationally acclaimed Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) 2012, with two performances (6pm and 8:30pm) directed by Paul O'Dette, on Saturday, September 29 at Christ Episcopal Church, 141 East Avenue, Rochester, New York. A program of the Eastman School of Music, this year's EROI Festival is presented in collaboration with the American Bach Society and explores J.S. Bach’s extensive relationship with the organ. The September 29 program will include festive cantatas with organ obbligato by Bach and Stölzel, featuring soloists Ellen Hargis, soprano, Daniel Taylor, countertenor, Jason McStoots, tenor, Jesse Blumberg, baritone, William Porter, organ, and Edoardo Bellotti, organ. More information about the 2012 EROI Festival can be found online at

A second set of concerts at Eastman School of Music – featuring the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, co-directed by Paul O’Dette and Robert Mealy – will take place on Tuesday, October 2 (6pm and 8:30pm) at Hatch Hall, 433 East Main Street, Rochester, New York to open the new season of the Kilbourn Concert Series at the Eastman School of Music. These performances will include works by Georg Friedrich Händel, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Friedrich Fasch, J.S. Bach, and Georg Philipp Telemann, performed by BEMF Chamber Ensemble members: Robert Mealy, violin I; Cynthia Roberts, violin II; Laura Jeppesen, viola; Phoebe Carrai, ’cello; Robert Nairn, violone; Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe I; Geoffrey Burgess, oboe II; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; William Porter, harpsichord; Paul O’Dette, theorbo; and Stephen Stubbs, Baroque guitar. Kilbourn Concert Series tickets are $10 to $20 (discounts with University of Rochester ID) and can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St., 585-454-2100, or online at

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