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MEDIA ALERT: Boston Early Music Festival opens its 2012–2013 Concert Series with the Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble Concerto Köln.


Concerto Köln (Germany)


Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston


Concertare: Music by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and dall’Abaco

Georg Friedrich Händel: Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No. 1
Evaristo Felice dall’Abaco: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 5, No. 3
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Harpsichord in G Minor, RV 156
Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in C Major, RV 443
        Cordula Breuer, soprano recorder
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E Minor, RV 484
        Yves Bertin, bassoon
dall’Abaco: Concerto in D Major, Op. 5, No. 6
Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Recorder, Flute, and Strings in E Minor
        Cordula Breuer, soprano recorder
        Marion Moonen, transverse flute


TICKETS: Tickets priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs.


Our spectacular season opens with an eagerly anticipated BEMF début by the world-renowned chamber ensemble, Concerto Köln. Founded in 1985 by a group of conservatory graduates from all over Europe, the fourteen artists of Concerto Köln have impressed critics and audiences alike with their enthusiastic and energetic performances. Operating without a permanent conductor, each member of the ensemble contributes artistic ideas to this true cooperative collaboration, or concertare. They have an extensive discography of over fifty recordings, and have received the Grammy Award, the Echo Klassik, the Diapason d’Or, and many other honors.

For their BEMF début, Concerto Köln has created a Baroque program for an ensemble of fourteen musicians including strings, flutes, bassoon, and harpsichord, featuring dazzling and intimate concertos by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and dall’Abaco. The selected works demonstrate the collaborative aspects of Baroque concerts as well as their more combative nature. This duality reflects the “mixed tastes” of the period as composers explored and engaged with musical styles of different regions and eras.


For over 25 years, Concerto Köln has ranked among the leading ensembles for historically informed performance practice. The ensemble has appeared as a regular guest at the most renowned concert halls and music festivals around the globe. Numerous tours supported by the Goethe-Institut, among others, have led the ensemble to North and South America, to Asia including China, Japan and South Korea as well as to Israel and throughout mostcountries within Europe. Concerto Köln has produced numerous recordings with Deutsche Gramophone, Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, Edel and Capriccio and is able to boast a discography of more than 50 CDs, the majority of which have been recognized by significant awards such as the Echo Classic, the Grammy Award, the German Record Critics Award, the MIDEM Classic Award, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Diapason d’Année and the Diapason d'Or. Concerto Köln has been awarded an agreement to be a Cultural Ambassador of the European Union.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer 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 17th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 9–16, 2013, and will be highlighted by several performances of Almira, the first opera by the celebrated and prolific composer, George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), in its first fully staged and historically conceived production outside of Germany.

The 2012–2013 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, 99.5 All Classical, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and GTC Law Group.

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