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2015-2016 Season

For 26 years, the annual Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series has presented the world’s most engaging and adventurous artists and ensembles in glorious venues and concert stages throughout greater Boston.

Emma Kikrby, soprano & Jaob Lindberg, lute
Friday, October 2, 2015, 8pm

William Christie

The Golden Age Revived: 17th-century songs of Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Blow, Humfry, and Eccles
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

“[Kirkby] remains one of the treasures
of the music world.”

—Toronto Globe and Mail

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Solamenta Naturali
Friday, October 16, 2015, 8pm
William Christie

Musica Globus: 17th- and 18th-century Folk and Dance Music from Middle Europe
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

“Full of imagination and a rugged, folk-infused virtuosity.”
—The Boston Globe

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Anne Sofie von Otter & Friends
Monday, November 9, 2015, 8pm
Anne Sofie von Otter

Music of Dowland, Purcell, and a selection of Airs de cour
Paine Hall at Harvard University, Cambridge

“She possesses one of the most flexible and natural vocal instruments of any living artist.”
—Opera Now

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BEMF Chamber Opera Series: Handel's Acis and Galatea
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 8pm
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3pm
Teresa Wakim & Aaron Sheehan

A revival of BEMF’s popular 2009 production to coincide with our long-awaited CD release on the CPO label.
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

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Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Assistant to the Stage Director

Aaron Sheehan, Acis
Teresa Wakim,
Douglas Williams,
Jason McStoots,
Mark Williams,

The Tallis Scholars
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8pm
The Tallis Scholars

Music of John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, and Arvo Pärt
St. Paul Church, Cambridge

“Inspiring and deeply moving.”
—The Telegraph

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Paul O'Dette & Ronn McFarlane, lute
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm
Paul O'Dette & Ronn McFarlane

For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

“[O’Dette] tempers sheer virtuosity with an emotional warmth that makes this antique music seem not very distant at all.”
—The New York Times

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Orlando Consort
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8pm
Orlando Consort

Guillaume de Machaut: Portrait of a Genius
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

“The sheer skill of the Orlando Consort leaves one speechless.”

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Jordi Savall Trio
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8pm
Jordi Savall

The English & Celtic Viol: At the Court and Exile
St. Paul Church, Cambridge

“Jordi Savall is one of the greatest living forces in the rebirth of early music.”

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Ton Koopman & Tini Mathot, harpsichord
Friday, March 11, 2016, 8pm
Ton Koopman & Tini Mathot

Harpsichord solos and duos for four hands and two keyboards by Bach, Soler, and Mozart
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

“The clarity with which Koopman and Mathot wrought an infinitely fine tracery of lines had a seductive appeal.”
—The Guardian

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Les Arts Florissants
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 7:30pm
William Christie

Serious Airs and Drinking Songs
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Cambridge

“Christie made this a marvelous entertainment.”
—Los Angeles Times

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