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“The premier early music event in North America”

Early Music UK

“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

“For fans and performers of early music, [Boston] is paradise for a week every other June, when the Boston Early Music Festival sets up its combination concert marathon and trade show.”

The New York Times

“A dozen times since 1981 Boston has played host to the early-music equivalent of the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup and the NBA playoffs all rolled into one...Enthusiasts will come from across the United States and around the world to hear terrific performers, singers as well as instrumentalists, soloists and ensembles, presenting superb programs of music dating from as early as the 10th century and as late as the 19th.”

The Patriot Ledger

“The BEMF has secured a significant position in the global music scene…I don’t see how anyone into great music could pass this up.”

The Gainesville Sun

“With 14 official concerts, an opera, symposiums, and scores of first rate, provocative ‘Concurrent Event’ recitals and performances, the Boston Early Music Festival has solidified its status as the premier international venue for Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music.”

American Record Guide

“[Boston], already a center of the early-music movement, becomes its mecca when this acclaimed [Boston Early Music Festival] brings hundreds more musicians, instrument makers, scholars, and publishers to town.”

The New York Times

“Once again the festival…offers an astounding array of concerts, workshops, lectures, panels and most ambitiously, a historically informed production of a lesser-known Baroque opera.”

The New York Times

“A weeklong extravaganza of early music.”

The Boston Herald

“Since 1980, [Boston Early Music Festival] has been one of the activities taking place in this city that define its place in the cultural world.”

The Boston Globe

“The world’s leading festival of early music.”

The Times, London