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Festival Concerts

In addition to the fully staged operatic centerpiece, each Festival presents a series of concerts showcasing the most accomplished artists and ensembles in early music. Experience a thrilling journey encompassing more than one thousand years of music from around the world in a diverse selection of engaging musical programs.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 8pm

BEMF Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation Quartet

BEMF Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation Quartet
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
Amandine Beyer, violin
Miloš Valent, viola
Eric Hoeprich, Baroque clarinet

Music of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, on Mozart's Original Instruments
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 5pm

Symphonie des Dragons

Symphonie des Dragons
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, director

Au Goût du Soldat: Refining Regimental Music in France and Germany
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

"[Ruiz is] a master of expansive phrasing, lush sonorities and deft passagework." –San Francisco Examiner

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8pm

Emma Kirkby and Paul O'Dette

Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano
and Paul O’Dette, lute

Time Stands Still: Music of John Dowland
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

"[Emma Kirkby] remains one of the treasures of the music world." –Toronto Globe and Mail

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11pm

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord

Due to illness, the originally scheduled Kenneth Weiss recital will be unable to go on as planned. In its place, we offer a performance of renowned keyboardist Kristian Bezuidenhout.
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2pm

Philippe Pierlot and Lorenzo Ghielmi

Philippe Pierlot, viola da gamba
and
Lorenzo Ghielmi, harpsichord

Master and Student
Emmanuel Church

"The density of thought and refined musicality make Pierlot more than a performer: a true creator." –Classica Répertoire

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8pm

La Risonanza

La Risonanza
Fabio Bonizzoni, director

Handel: From England to Italy
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano
Ana Liz Ojeda & Claudia Combs, violin
Caterina Dell’Agnello, violoncello
Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord & director

"The playing of La Risonanza is unfailingly stylish." –The Sunday Times (London)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:15pm

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny, lute

English eccentrics, French fanatics: Cuthbert Hely, the Gaultiers, and Robert Johnson
Emmanuel Church

"Indecently beautiful." –Toronto Post

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 9am to 4pm

Elizabeth Kenny

Organ Mini-Festival

The Genius of Johann Sebastian Bach
First Lutheran Church of Boston

Part One: William Porter, organ
Part Two: Lorenzo Ghielmi, organ
Part Three: John Scott, organ

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 5pm

The Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort
David Douglass & Ellen Hargis, directors

With Exsultemus, Period Vocal Ensemble
Shannon Canavin, Artistic Director

Rosa das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

David Douglass, director, vielle & rebec
Ellen Hargis, director, soprano
Shira Kammen, harp & vielle
Mark Rimple, lute & citole
Tom Zajac, flute, psaltery, bagpipe, pipe & tabor, & percussion

"One of America’s most innovative and accomplished early music ensembles." –Fanfare

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 8pm

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Robert Mealy, director

The Birth of the Orchestra: The extravagant and sonorous sounds of Paris and Rome, c.1700
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

“[The BEMF Orchestra] continues to redefine the art of baroque playing.” – The Boston Globe

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 11pm

Atalante

Atalante
Erin Headley, director

In Carmine Dolore: Ancient Classical and Biblical Laments of 17th-century Rome
Emmanuel Church

Erin Headley, director, viola da gamba & lirone
Nadine Balbeisi, soprano
Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano
Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord
Siobhán Armstrong, arpa doppia
Elizabeth Kenny, chitarrone

"Breathtaking performances of delicious music." –Gramophone

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Friday, June 14, 2013 from 10:30am to 4pm

Elizabeth Kenny

Keyboard Mini-Festival

The Youthful Keyboard: Inspiration and Instruction
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Peter Sykes, director

Part One: The Harpsichord
Part Two: The Fortepiano
Part Three: The Clavichord

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Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5pm

Amandine Beyer

Gli Incogniti
Amandine Beyer, director

Viennoiseries: Austrian Music in the Stylus Phantasticus from the 17th-century
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

"[Beyer's] expressive, elegant playing lends her violin an inimitably pure sound, giving it a colour that is all her own." –Goldberg

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Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8pm

The Hilliard Ensemble

The Hilliard Ensemble

A Hilliard Songbook
Emmanuel Church

"The Hilliard Ensemble are without a doubt one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world." –The Globe and Mail

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Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:15pm

Siobhán Armstrong and Róisín Elsafty

Siobhán Armstrong, early Irish harp
and Aine Ni Dhroighneain, voice

My Small Dark Rose: Music of Early Ireland
Emmanuel Church

"Siobhan Armstrong is one of today's top Irish harpers." –NPR Music

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Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2:30pm

Jordi Savall

Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, director

Istanbul: Dimitrie Cantemir's The Book of the Science of Music and the Ottoman, Sephardic & Armenian traditions
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Hakan Güngör, kanun
Yurdal Tokcan, oud
Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, ney & duduk
Dimitri Psonis, santur
Driss El Maloumi, oud
Pedro Estevan, percussion
Jordi Savall, vielle, lyre & director

"This is music of great subtlety, technical accomplishment and powerful emotional impact." –The Independant

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Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8pm

Charpentier's Orphée

Chamber Opera Double Bill
Marc-Antoine Charpentier's La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer

"Zest and polish in equal measure." –The Boston Globe

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Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11pm

Tragicomedia

Tragicomedia and Friends
Stephen Stubbs, director

Singen, Spielen, Tanzen, Trinken
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

"Tragicomedia play with such agile dexterity that your concept of seventeenth-century music will be irrevocably changed." –The Observer

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Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:30pm

Royal Wind Music

The Royal Wind Music
Paul Leenhouts, director

Angeli, Zingare e Pastori: Symbols & Allegories in Italian Renaissance Music
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

"A beautiful and extraordinary kind of historical coherence." –Chamber Music Today

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