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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Tickets and subscription packages are on sale for Boston Early Music Festival’s 2015–2016 Season

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Cambridge, MA –Individual tickets and subscription packages are now on sale for the Boston Early Music Festival’s 2015–2016 Season, featuring ten programs by legendary Early Music artists and ensembles. For 26 years, the annual BEMF concert series has brought the world’s most engaging and adventurous artists and ensembles to Boston in unforgettable performances. The 2015–2016 Season will also include the eighth consecutive year of the BEMF Chamber Opera Series on Thanksgiving weekend in Boston’s Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory.

“This is something special.” –The New York Times

The season opens with legendary soprano Emma Kirkby and renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8pm at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. Long revered as a singer of impeccable taste and intelligent musicianship, Kirkby brings an exquisite emotional resonance to masterworks of the 17th-century that were inspired by the “Golden Age” of Ancient Greece.

Later in October, a favorite of audiences and critics alike for their past appearances at our biennial Festivals, the energetic players of Solamente Naturali make their BEMF concert series début on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8pm at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. Under the leadership of world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, Solamente Naturali melds classical and folk traditions in performances of 17th- and 18th-century folk and dance music that burst with rhythmic virtuosity and vibrant enthusiasm.

Long considered one of the finest singers of her generation, GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter makes her eagerly-anticipated BEMF début on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 8pm at Harvard University’s Paine Hall. Joined by two virtuoso collaborators, Ms. Von Otter presents a breathtaking recital of music by Monteverdi, Dowland, Purcell, and more.

Fresh off a 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording, the BEMF Chamber Opera Series, a “popular tradition among local early music fans” (The Boston Globe), returns this season with a revival of it’s acclaimed 2009 production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday November 28, 2015 at 8pm and Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall. The production played to sold-out audiences in Boston and on tour across North America and will be released on CD (on the CPO/Classic Produktion Osnabrück label) in November, to coincide with this revival. GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs along with renowned Stage Director Gilbert Blin lead this magnificent production of the original 1718 chamber version of Handel’s cherished pastoral opera. The stellar cast features BEMF’s own GRAMMY Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan and superb soprano Teresa Wakim in the title roles. Other members of the directorial team for the production include Anna Watkins, Costume Designer, Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer, Melinda Sullivan, Assistant to the Stage Director, and Robert Mealy, Concertmaster of the all-star BEMF Chamber Ensemble.

For over four decades, the legendary singers of The Tallis Scholars and director Peter Phillips have earned worldwide acclaim for performances of unparalleled purity and beauty. They return this holiday season for their 27th consecutive year with BEMF on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm at St. Paul Church, Cambridge in a glorious program featuring music by John Sheppard, Arvo Pärt, and the monumental Christmas mass, Puer natus est, by their namesake Thomas Tallis.

Two of today’s finest lutenists, BEMF’s own Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette and Ronn McFarlane, explore the thrilling tradition of virtuoso lute duets on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 8pm at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. Both GRAMMY nominees for their solo recordings, these much sought-after artists come together for a duo recital showcasing dazzling works from Renaissance Italy and England.

On Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8pm at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, one of Europe’s most expert and inventive ensembles, the Orlando Consort, make their return to the BEMF concert stage in a program dedicated to 14th-century poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. A true genius whose creations influenced Chaucer and countless others, these captivating masterpieces display sensual beauty and lyrical brilliance.

One of the giants of Early Music, Jordi Savall returns to BEMF with a fascinating viol recital steeped in the English and Celtic traditions on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm at St. Paul Church, Cambridge. Renowned for his immense musical curiosity and enthralling performances, Savall is joined by Celtic percussionist Frank McGuire in a program of sublime laments, animated reels, and courtly dances of England, Scotland, Ireland, and across the Atlantic to Boston and rural America.

The renowned harpsichord duo of Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot make a rare visit to the United States with a captivating recital of music for four hands and two keyboards on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8pm at First Chuch in Cambridge, Congregational. Experience this unique and extraordinary repertoire of Bach, Soler, and Mozart, demanding two players of the highest caliber of skill and close collaboration, which these two married virtuosos are sure to deliver.

The illustrious William Christie and Les Arts Florissants returns to the BEMF Concert Stage by popular demand with an outstanding finale for the 2015–2016 Season on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7:30pm at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. Christie brings his virtuosic theatricality to the air de cour, a popular genre at the 17th-century French Court. A magnificent ensemble of singers and instrumentalists offer passionate and refined performances of wistful lamenets and elegent songs of pleasure by Charpentier, Lambert, and others.

Subscriptions and individual tickets are now on sale through the Boston Early Music Festival Box Office at 617-661-1812 or online at www.BEMF.org. Discounted subscription packages start as low as $54 for three programs.

The 2015–2016 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, and The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation.

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ABOUT THE BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award-winning and three GRAMMY Award-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 19th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 11–18, 2017, and will feature fully staged performances of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise as the Centerpiece Opera. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

For more information, images, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email kathy@bemf.org.

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