Schedule of Events

2021 Festival | June 6–13, 2021

Festival Schedule

Our 21st biennial Festival and Exhibition—with the theme of Music of Solace & Joy—featured an extensive lineup of exclusive performances and free events by over 100 artists from around the world, all available from home, wherever that home might be, including 2 archival opera performances, 14 newly recorded concert performances, a virtual presentation of our world-famous Exhibition, and so much more.

Some of these events are still available! Look below for links.


SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021

1pm | Pre-Opera Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Producing and Performing André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise
Presented by Paul O’Dette, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Stephen Stubbs, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Gilbert Blin, BEMF Opera Director; Robert Mealy, BEMF Orchestra Director; and Caroline Copeland, Choreographer; moderated by Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Professor of Music at Cornell University
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3pm | CENTERPIECE OPERA
Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise

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6:30pm | Post-Opera Q&A and Champagne Toast | FREE to watch on YouTube
Hosted by Kathleen Fay, BEMF Executive Director
Bravo to the BEMF Campra Company!
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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021

All Day | Exhibition | FREE on BEMF.org
Goes live on Monday, June 7, 2021 at BEMF.org.
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12pm | CONCERT
Ensemble Correspondances
Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano
Sébastian Daucé, director
Perpetual Night: 17th-century Ayres and Songs
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7pm | Pre-Concert Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by Catherine Turocy, Founder and Artistic Director, New York Baroque Dance Company
Da Vinci and Dance
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8pm | CONCERT
Doulce Mémoire
Denis Raisin Dadre, director
Leonardo da Vinci: The Hidden Music
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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021

All Day | Exhibition | FREE on BEMF.org
Goes live on Monday, June 7, 2021 at BEMF.org.
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7pm | Pre-Concert Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by Suzannah Clark, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, Harvard University
Liturgy and Homage in Jean Richafort’s Setting of the Requiem Mass
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8pm | CONCERT
Cinquecento
Jean Richafort: A Requiem for Josquin
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2021

All Day | Exhibition | FREE on BEMF.org
Goes live on Monday, June 7, 2021 at BEMF.org.
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11:30am | Organ Mini-Festival
Part One: Leo van Doeselaar, organ
Johann Sebastian Bach, his teachers, and his sons
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1pm | Organ Mini-Festival
Part Two: Catalina Vicens, organetto
Simple Solace
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2:30pm | Organ Mini-Festival
Part Three: Benjamin Alard, organ
London’s Castle Grant Chamber Organ: Works of Blow, Purcell, Handel, and J. S. Bach
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7pm | Pre-Concert Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by John Bryan, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK
Passionate Pavans and Aeirs both Grave and Light: Exploring the dance music of Dowland and Holborne
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8pm | CONCERT
L’Achéron
François Joubert-Caillet, director
Dowland & Holborne: Lachrimae, or the Image of Melancholy
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9:30pm | Pre-Concert Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by Robert Mealy, Director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program
Dancing in our Chairs: The making of Juilliard415’s Baroque dance mix
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10pm | CONCERT
Juilliard415
Robert Mealy, director & violin
Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix
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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2021

All Day | Exhibition | FREE on BEMF.org
Goes live on Monday, June 7, 2021 at BEMF.org.
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11:30am | Keyboard Mini-Festival
Part One: Benjamin Alard, clavichord
The Expressive Clavichord: Works of Buxtehude, Fischer, J. S. Bach, and C. P. E. Bach
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1pm | Keyboard Mini-Festival
Part Two: Francesco Corti, harpsichord
Streams to Bach: Works of Scheidemann, Froberger, Reincken, Kuhnau, and J. S. Bach
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2:30pm | Keyboard Mini-Festival
Part Three: Carmen Leoni, fortepiano
Lo scherzo ingegnoso dell’arte: Keyboard Sonatas by Scarlatti, Haydn, and Mozart
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4pm | Masterclass: Recorder
Erik Bosgraaf
Presented in collaboration with the American Recorder Society
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7pm | Pre-Concert Talk | Premieres FREE on YouTube
Presented by Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at MIT
Handel, Cardinal Pamphilj, and the voices of lamenting women
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8pm | CONCERT
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Stephen Stubbs, director
Handel as Orpheus
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10pm | CONCERT
Erik Bosgraaf, recorder
Francesco Corti, harpsichord
The Recorder Sonatas of Georg Philipp Telemann
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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021

All Day | Exhibition | FREE on BEMF.org
Goes live on Monday, June 7, 2021 at BEMF.org.
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10am | Concurrent Event | FREE to watch on YouTube

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Company Presentation
Session I: A Retrospective
Hosted by Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director; featuring past BEMF Choreographers Caroline Copeland, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, and Carlos Fittante
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11:30am | Concurrent Event | FREE to watch on YouTube

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Company Presentation
Session II: Dance Workshop
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
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1pm | Concurrent Event | FREE to watch on YouTube
Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Training Program: Cultivating the Next Generation
Gilbert Blin, Founder & Director
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4pm | Lecture-Demonstration and Q&A: Viola da Gamba
Laura Jeppesen
Presented in collaboration with the Viola da Gamba Society of America
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7pm | Pre-Concert Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by Paul O’Dette, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Stephen Stubbs, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; and Robert Mealy, BEMF Orchestra Director; moderated by Kathleen Fay, BEMF Executive Director
The Hall of Mirrors
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8pm | CONCERT
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Tempro la cetra: I tune the lyre
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10pm | CONCERT
Paul O'Dette, lute
Only Joy: Elizabethan Lute Music of Solace and Joy
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SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2021

All Day | Exhibition | FREE on BEMF.org
Goes live on Monday, June 7, 2021 at BEMF.org.
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9am | Engaging Communities |  FREE to watch on YouTube
Nina Stern, BEMF Director of Community Engagement
Recorders Beyond Borders: Boston Meets Kenya
Connecting youth from around the globe
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12pm | Interactive Virtual Exhibition Event
Session One: Winds, Keyboards, Plucked Strings, and More. This was a live event and was not recorded.
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2pm | Interactive Virtual Exhibition Event
Session Two: Bowed Strings I. This was a live event and was not recorded.
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4pm | Interactive Virtual Exhibition Event
Session Three: Bowed Strings II. This was a live event and was not recorded.
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7pm | Pre-Opera Talk | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by Paul O’Dette, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Stephen Stubbs, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Gilbert Blin, BEMF Opera Director; Robert Mealy, BEMF Orchestra Director; and Melinda Sullivan, BEMF Dance Director; moderated by Kathleen Fay, BEMF Executive Director
Pergolesi’s Intermezzi: Soundtracks to Lost Movies
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8pm | CHAMBER OPERA
Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona & Livietta e Tracollo

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10:15pm | Post-Opera Q&A | FREE to watch on YouTube
Presented by Paul O’Dette, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Stephen Stubbs, BEMF Artistic Co-Director; Gilbert Blin, BEMF Opera Director; Robert Mealy, BEMF Orchestra Director; and Melinda Sullivan, BEMF Dance Director; moderated by Kathleen Fay, BEMF Executive Director
Celebrating Pergloesi’s La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo
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SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021

2:30pm | Masterclass: 17th-century Accompanied Solo Song
Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs
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8pm | CONCERT
ACRONYM
Ad Astra: Music of Valentini, Bertali, Schmelzer, Rosenmüller, and others
Recorded at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York
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9:15pm | Post-Festival Champagne Toast | FREE to watch on YouTube
Hosted by Kathleen Fay, BEMF Executive Director
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