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Boston Early Music Festival
November–December 2016 Calendar

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Cambridge, MA–The holiday season is approaching and the Boston Early Music Festival brings a trio of incredible programs to Boston and Cambridge later this year. Tickets and subscription packages for BEMF’s 2016–2017 Season are now on sale through the BEMF Box Office at 617-661-1812 or online at Discounted subscription packages start as low as $54 for three programs.

Bach: Mass in B Minor
Juilliard415 & The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague
Ton Koopman
, director
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm | St. Paul Church (29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA)

November brings a truly unique collaboration between one of the world’s most legendary figures in Early Music, and the burgeoning Early Music stars of tomorrow. Founder and conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman joins with singers and instrumentalists from Juilliard415 and The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague—making their BEMF Concert Series début—in a special performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm at St. Paul Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Tickets start at $25.

VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs,
Musical Directors | Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 8pm | Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA)

BEMF’s own GRAMMY Award-winning Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production entitled VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain, featuring two chamber operas by Charpentier and Lalande exalting the splendor and majesty of the palace of Versailles, as well as excerpts from Lully’s Atys. Don’t miss this “popular tradition among local early music fans” (The Boston Globe) on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8pm and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall. GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, along with renowned Stage Director Gilbert Blin, lead a spectacular new production of these intimate masterworks with a stellar cast of BEMF favorites, including GRAMMY Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan, soprano Mireille Asselin, tenor Jason McStoots, and baritone Jesse Blumberg, among others. Additional members of the directorial team for the production include: Robert Mealy, Concertmaster of the BEMF Chamber Ensemble; Anna Watkins, Costume Designer; Carlos Fittante, Choreographer and lead dancer; and Melinda Sullivan, Director of the BEMF Dance Company.

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, director
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8pm | St. Paul Church (29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA)

With more than 2,000 concert performances around the globe, director Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars continue to be one of Early Music’s most essential ensembles. A fixture of the BEMF concert stage for 28 consecutive years, they return this holiday season on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8pm at St. Paul Church in Cambridge, with a festive program of Renaissance masterworks including Josquin’s Christmas motet Praeter rerum seriem, Taverner’s elaborate O splendor gloriae, and more from de Rore, Victoria, de Sermisy, and Renaissance Mexican master Hernando Franco.

Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award-winning and four GRAMMY Award-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 19th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 11–18, 2017, and will feature fully staged performances of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise as the Centerpiece Opera. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

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