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GEMS and Trinity Wall Street Present Parthenia & Sinfonia New York in Twelfth Night Festival, 12/27 & 29

Parthenia has recorded Les Amours de Mai, a collection of songs and instrumental works from renaissance France, with soprano Julianne Baird and violinist Robert Mealy; A Reliquary for William Blake; Within the Labyrinth; and Parthenia Sampler; and was featured on jazz trumpeter Randy Sandke's Trumpet After Dark. The ensemble's 2010 release, As it Fell on a Holie Eve - Music for an Elizabethan Christmas, with soprano Julianne Baird, was the featured holiday CD on the syndicated radio program Sunday Baroque in December 2010.

Parthenia is represented by GEMS Live! Artist Management and records for MSR Classics. For more information, visit www.parthenia.org.

Sinfonia New York
Saturday, December 29, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Wall Street Church | Broadway at Wall Street
Tickets: $25 - General Admission
By Phone: 212/866 - 0468 | Online: www.gemsny.org | or at the Door

A Concert for Children of All Ages

Christine Gummere, Artistic Director
with the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Andrew Megill, Guest Conductor
Marika Holmqvist, concertmaster
Dongmyung Ahn, violin | Alissa Smith, viola
Christine Gummere, cello | David Chapman, violone
Priscilla Smith, oboe | Kristin Olson, oboe
John Thiessen, trumpet | Nathan Botts, trumpet | Patrick Dougherty, trumpet
James Baker, timpani

Just over an hour in length, this concert is a New York version of the famous "Festival of Lessons and Carols," the Christmas Eve service at King's College Chapel in Cambridge. Instead of scripture, there will be a reading of New York City's very own poem about Santa Claus and his work on behalf of all children. All who are young, and young of heart, will enjoy the richness of festive and contemplative music expressing the joy and hope of the Christmas season.

Program
Once in Royal David's City | Star in the East | Away in a Manger
"Zion Hort Die Wachter Singen" from Cantata No. 140 | J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Concerto for Oboe | Bach
Veni Redemptor | Mervele Noght, Joseph | Ding Dong Bells
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (reading) | Clement Clarke Moore
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen | Silent Night | Three-Trumpet Fanfare
"Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen" from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 | Bach

Sinfonia New York is a period-instrument orchestra that specializes in historically informed, vibrant performances of 17th-, 18th- and early 19th-century music. Since its Town Hall debut in 2007, the orchestra has appeared on tour in the United States and Canada, and in several performances in New York City. Most recently, the ensemble was featured in "The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne," presented as the opening event in Gotham Early Music Scene's fifth anniversary celebration. For more information, visit www.sinfonianewyork.org.

Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc. (GEMS) is a not-for-profit corporation that enhances the quality and financial stability of participating artists and organizations by:

¨ providing administrative, marketing, financial, and other support services to professional and amateur performing groups, institutions, presenters, and other organizations interested in early music;
¨ securing paid touring engagements throughout North America for New York-based early music artists;
¨ increasing audience size and diversity by enhanced publicity and access to early music events; and
¨ educating the public and the media about early music.

Founded in 2007 by a small group of leading figures in New York musical circles to serve and promote New York's early music community, GEMS has, in this short time:

¨ presented 91 New York City ensembles in concert, including an annual fall series showcasing established and emerging artists;
¨ provided adminstrative, marketing, and logistical services to more than 144 NYC cultural organizations and artists;
¨ exhibited at 14 national arts conferences and booked 101 paid nationwide engagements for NYC musical ensembles via its GEMS Live! Agency;
¨ provided well-paid engagements under Local 802 union contracts to dozens of professional musicians;
¨ served tens of thousands of audience members (more than 1,800 of whom received free tickets);
¨ taught more than 320 children the basics of music through its S'Cool Sounds semester-long elementary school teaching programs; and
¨ helped launch several new early music initiatives, including OperaOmnia, 4x4 Baroque Concerts, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, and Sinfonia New York.

The result of these and other efforts is the recognition by musicians, audiences, and patrons that New York has reasserted its postion as a major center of early music activity in the world.

With a budget of over $350,000, a Board of nine distinguished professionals, and a staff of six, GEMS is supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, several foundations, and a large roster of individual donors. For more information, go to www.gemsny.org.

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