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Boston Early Music Festival:

Summary of Events

Sunday, June 9 Wednesday, June 12 Saturday, June 15
Monday, June 10 Thursday, June 13 Sunday, June 16
Tuesday, June 11 Friday, June 14 Opera in the Berkshires

All venues are located in Boston, Massachusetts, unless otherwise stated. Programs, artists, dates, and venues subject to change.

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Sunday, June 9

3:10pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Lobby, Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

3:30pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira | Opening Performance
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

7pm
Concurrent Event

Gala Opening Night Reception
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, 10 Avery Street
 
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Monday, June 10

4pm
Masterclass

Dame Emma Kirkby, voice
Williams Hall at New England Conservatory
 

6:30pm
Pre-Concert Talk

"For the First Time…Mozart's Original Instruments Travel to the United States"
Matthias Schulz
, CEO and Artistic Leader, Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg
Williams Hall at New England Conservatory
 

8pm
Concert

BEMF Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation Quartet
Music of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, on Mozart's Original Instruments
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 
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Tuesday, June 11

5pm
Concert

Symphonie des Dragons | Gonzalo X. Ruiz, director
Au Goût du Soldat: Refining Regimental Music in France and Germany
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

8pm
Concert

Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano and Paul O’Dette, lute
Time Stands Still: Music of John Dowland
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

11pm
Concert

Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord
Music by Couperin, Froberger, Handel and Bach
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

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Wednesday, June 12

9am
Lecture-Demonstration

“…the Sound so Melting and Prolonged…”: An Overview of Ireland’s Early Harp
Siobhán Armstrong
City Room, Revere Hotel
 

10am-5pm

Exhibition
Revere Hotel Boston

 

10am-1pm
Concurrent Event

SPECIAL EVENT:
Mozart's Original Instruments on Display
BEMF Exhibition, Revere Hotel Boston

 

11am
Lecture-Demonstration

Harmonic Architecture in Rameau's Music
Rémy-Michel Trotier, Doctorand in Musicology at University of Paris-Sorbonne
City Room, Revere Hotel
 

2pm
Concert

Philippe Pierlot, viola da gamba and Lorenzo Ghielmi, harpsichord
Master and Student
Emmanuel Church

 

4pm
Masterclass

Peter Sykes, harpsichord
Emmanuel Church
 

5:30pm
Pre-Opera Talk

Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

6:40pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Lobby, Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

7pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

8pm
Concert

La Risonanza | Fabio Bonizzoni, director
Handel: From England to Italy
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 

11:15pm
Concert

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

 
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Thursday, June 13

9am
Lecture-Demonstration

Modern Technology for Early Music
Various BEMF Artists and Directors
City Room, Revere Hotel
 

9am
Mini-Festival

Organ Mini-Festival: Part One
William Porter
First Lutheran Church, Boston

 

9:30am
Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop Session I
Melinda Sullivan, BEMF Ballet Mistress
Emmanuel Church, Music Room

 

10am-6pm

Exhibition
Revere Hotel Boston

 

11am
Masterclass

Amandine Beyer, violin
Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street
 

11:30am
Mini-Festival

Organ Mini-Festival: Part Two
Lorenzo Ghielmi
First Lutheran Church, Boston

 

2pm
Mini-Festival

Organ Mini-Festival: Part Three
John Scott
First Lutheran Church, Boston

 

2:30pm
Masterclass

Philippe Pierlot, viola da gamba
Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston
 

5pm
Concert

The Newberry Consort | David Douglass & Ellen Hargis, directors
with Exsultemus | Shannon Canavin, Artistic Director
Rosa das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 

8pm
Concert

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Robert Mealy, director
The Birth of the Orchestra: The Extravagant and Sonorous Music of Paris and Rome, ca. 1700
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 

11pm
Concert

Atalante | Erin Headley, director
In Carmine Dolore: Ancient Classical and Biblical Laments of 17th-century Rome
Emmanuel Church

 
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Friday, June 14

9am
Lecture-Demonstration

The Reflections of Memory: The Early Opera Stage Work of Gilbert Blin
Gilbert Blin, BEMF Stage Director in Residence
City Room, Revere Hotel
 

9:30am
Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop Session II
Korin Modigh, BEMF Dance Ensemble member
Emmanuel Church, Music Room

 

10am
Masterclass

Ellen Hargis, Paul O’Dette, and Stephen Stubbs
17th-century accompanied solo song
Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston

 

10am-6pm

Exhibition
Revere Hotel Boston

 

10:30am
Mini-Festival

Keyboard Mini-Festival: Part One
Peter Sykes & Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord
Museum of Fine Arts

 

12:30pm
Mini-Festival

Keyboard Mini-Festival: Part Two
Anthony Romaniuk & Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano
Museum of Fine Arts

 

2:30pm
Mini-Festival

Keyboard Mini-Festival: Part Three
Peter Sykes & Ulrika Davidsson, clavichord
Museum of Fine Arts

 

5pm
Concert

Gli Incogniti | Amandine Beyer, director
Viennoiseries: Austrian Music in the Stylus Phantasticus from the 17th century
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 

5:30pm
Pre-Opera Talk

Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

6:40pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Lobby, Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

7pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

8pm
Concert

The Hilliard Ensemble
A Hilliard Songbook
Emmanuel Church
 

11:15pm
Concert

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

My Small Dark Rose: Music of Early Ireland
Emmanuel Church

 
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Saturday, June 15

10am-1pm
Concurrent Event

Opera Symposium:
Producting and Performing Handel’s Almira
Professor Ellen T. Harris (MIT), BEMF Almira directoral team members Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Gilbert Blin, Anna Watkins, Caroline Copeland, and Carlos Fittante
Revere Hotel Boston
 

10am-6pm

Exhibition
Revere Hotel Boston

 

12pm
Masterclass

Paul Leenhouts, recorder
Emmanuel Church, Parish Hall
 

2:30pm
Concert

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

 

3pm
Concurrent Event

Family Day: Session I
A tour of the BEMF Exhibition
Revere Hotel Boston

 

4pm
Concurrent Event

Family Day: Session II
Music for the King's Court: Exploring the Early Winds
David Coffin, BEMF Director of Education

Revere Hotel Boston

 

8pm
Chamber opera

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
 

11pm
Concert

Tragicomedia and Friends | Stephen Stubbs, director
Singen, Spielen, Tanzen, Trinken
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 
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Sunday, June 16

12:30pm
Concert

The Royal Wind Music | Paul Leenhouts, director
Angeli, Zingare e Pastori: Symbols & Allegories in Italian Renaissance Music
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

 

2pm
Pre-Opera Talk

Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

3:10pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Lobby, Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
 

3:30pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College

7:30pm
Concurrent Event

BEMF Pub Party
Jacob Wirth Restaurant, 31-37 Stuart Street

 
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Friday, June 21 | Opera in the Berkshires

5:30pm
Pre-Opera Talk

Members of the Almira Directorial Team
Lobby, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
 

6:40pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
 

7pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
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10:30pm
Concurrent Event

Meet-the-Artists Reception
Castle Street Café, 10 Castle Street, Great Barrington

 
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Saturday, June 22 | Opera in the Berkshires

5:30pm
Pre-Opera Talk

Members of the Almira Directorial Team
Lobby, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
 

6:40pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
 

7pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
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Sunday, June 23 | Opera in the Berkshires

1pm
Pre-Opera Talk

Members of the Almira Directorial Team
Lobby, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
 

2:10pm
Fanfare

Opening Fanfare with members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
 

2:30pm
Opera

George Frideric Handel’s Almira
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
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