Festival Concerts

2021 Festival | June 6–13, 2021

Festival Concerts

Hailed as “Heaven…for early music fans” by The New York Times, the 2021 Virtual Festival presents a series of 8 premium concerts and  recitals showcasing some of the world’s most accomplished Early Music artists and ensembles. You can also enjoy 6 recitals as part of the Organ & Keyboard Mini-Festivals. Each performance will be newly filmed and recorded—safely and responsibly—and premiere exclusively for BEMF audiences.

Concert and Mini-Festival recital tickets will be $10, Chamber Opera tickets will be $20, and Centerpiece Opera tickets will be $25. The discounted “Golden Serpent” Subscription Package will include all 16 ticketed events as well as digital and print versions of the Festival Program book for $150—a savings of $65. Tickets will go on sale later this Spring.

MONDAY | JUNE 7, 2021


12PM | Ensemble Correspondances & Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano

Sébastian Daucé, director
Perpetual Night: 17th-century Ayres and Songs
Recorded December 8, 2020 at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, France

Doulce Memoire

8PM | Doulce Mémoire

Denis Raisin Dadre, director
Leonardo da Vinci: The Hidden Music
Recorded at Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise, France

TUESDAY | JUNE 8, 2021


8PM | Cinquecento

Jean Richafort: A Requiem for Josquin
Recorded at Hofburgkapelle: Imperial Chapel, Vienna, Austria



Organ Mini-Festival

11:30am | Leo van Doeselaar, organ
Johann Sebastian Bach, his teachers, and his sons
Recorded on the Arp Schnitger Organ, Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands

1pm | Catalina Vicens, organetto
Simple Solace
Recorded on location in Basel, Switzerland

2:30pm | Benjamin Alard, organ
London’s Castle Grant Chamber Organ: Works of Blow, Purcell, Handel, and J.S. Bach
Recorded on the Castle Grant Chamber Organ by John Byfield II, London, 1766, Musée de Provins et du Provinois, Provins, France


8PM | L’Achéron

François Joubert-Caillet, director
Dowland & Holborne: Lachrimae, or the Image of Melancholy
Recorded at Château de Lunéville (“the Versailles of Lorraine”), Lunéville, France


10PM | Juilliard415

Robert Mealy, director & violin
Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix
Recorded April 12, 2016 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, New York

THURSDAY | JUNE 10, 2021


Keyboard Mini-Festival

11:30am | Benjamin Alard, clavichord
The Expressive Clavichord: Works of Buxtehude, Reincken, J. S. Bach, and C. P. E. Bach
Recorded at Musée de Provins et du Provinois, Provins, France

1pm | Francesco Corti, harpsichord
Streams to Bach: Works of Scheidemann, Froberger, Reincken, Kuhnaul, and J. S. Bach
Recorded on location in Basel, Switzerland

2:30pm | Carmen Leoni, fortepiano
Lo scherzo ingegnoso dell’arte: Keyboard Sonatas by Scarlatti, Haydn, and Mozart
Recorded on location in Lavagna, Italy


8PM | Amanda Forsythe, soprano
& BEMF Chamber Ensemble

Stephen Stubbs, director
Handel as Orpheus
Recorded at the GBH Fraser Performance Studio, Boston, Massachusetts


10PM | Erik Bosgraaf, recorder & Francesco Corti, harpsichord

The Recorder Sonatas of Georg Philipp Telemann
Recorded at Musikbrauerei, Säulenhalle, Berlin, Germany

FRIDAY | JUNE 11, 2021


8PM | BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Tempro la cetra: I tune the lyre
Recorded at the GBH Fraser Performance Studio, Boston, Massachusetts

Teresa Wakim, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Aaron Sheehan and Jason McStoots, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone


10PM | Paul O’Dette, lute

Only Joy: Elizabethan Lute Music of Solace and Joy
Recorded on location in Rochester, New York

SUNDAY | JUNE 13, 2021



Ad Astra: Music of Valentini, Bertali, Schmeltzer, Biber, and others
Recorded at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York