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A baroque 'Band of Brothers' will be celebrated at the closing concert of Early Music New York's 42nd season.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Frederick Renz will conduct EM/NY's baroque chamber orchestra in "Bach Brotherhood," a program of music saluting Johann Sebastian Bach and four of his compatriot compeers: Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Friedrich Fasch, and Christoph Graupner. The acoustically outstanding Beaux-Arts-style auditorium of First Church of Christ, Scientist, located in the heart of the Lincoln Square neighborhood, will resound with high baroque splendor in a sequence of ouvertures, concerti grossi, and sinfonias.

"To cap our concert season," says Maestro Renz, "we place music by J.S. Bach alongside four of his German contemporaries - some better known today than others, but all having enjoyed considerably more popularity than Sebastian in his time! The roots of modern-day orchestral music can be found in such works: ouvertures (dance suites), solo concertos or concerti grossi (wherein soloist and orchestra share equal prominence); and especially sinfonias, whose three relatively brief movements -- fast, slow, fast - would become the framework upon which later composers would develop the classical symphony."

Concert Information:



Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St., NYC

~ Early Music New York, Frederick Renz, Director ~

violins: Daniel Lee - concertmaster; Nicholas DiEugenio - principal

Dongmyung Ahn, Chloe Fedor, Peter Kupfer, Jeremy Rizor, Edson Scheid

violas: Rachel Evans - principal; Kate Goddard

basses: Ezra Seltzer, violoncello - principal; Sarah Stone, violoncello; David Chapman, violone

transverse flutes: Immanuel David, David Ross • bassoon: Anna Marsh

harpsichord: Stephen Rapp


[subject to change]

Georg Friedrich Händel - Almira: Ouverture; Concerto Grosso, Op. 6. No. 6

Johann Sebastian Bach - Peasant Cantata: Sinfonia;

Aria, Klein-Zschocher müsse so zart und süße (adaptation for instruments)

Christoph Graupner - Ouverture in D, GWV 418
for two flutes, strings and basso continuo

J.S. Bach - Cantata No. 150: Sinfonia; Peasant Cantata: Aria ("La folia"), Unser trefflicher (adaptation for instruments); Cantata No. 209: Sinfonia

Georg Philipp Telemann - Die Tageszeiten: Sinfonia

Johann Friedrich Fasch - Concerto in D, FWD L D:9
for two flutes, strings and basso continuo

Tickets: $40.00 reserved seats; $20.00 student (w/valid ID, available at door, day of)

Tickets available by phone (212-280-0330), on-line ( and at the door, half an hour prior to performance.

Group discounts available by telephone. All major credit cards accepted.

Frederick Renz, Founder /Director of the Early Music Foundation, is internationally acclaimed for his work as a conductor, producer, director, performer and scholar, presenting music and music drama from the eleventh through the eighteenth centuries. He has received commissions from the Spoleto Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, individual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the State University of New York, Fredonia.

Now in its forty-second season, Early Music New York reaps international acclaim for vibrant and provocative performances of historically informed repertoire from the medieval through the classical eras.

Early Music Foundation (EMF), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1974, is Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Under the leadership of Frederick Renz, EMF's mission is to foster public understanding and appreciation of music and music drama from the 11th through the 18th centuries. EMF presents the historical performance ensemble and orchestra EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK - FREDERICK RENZ, DIRECTOR; a recording label, Ex cathedra Records; and a service to the field project "New York Early Music Central" (NYEMC), sponsoring/managing city-wide festivals serving the NYC historically informed artist community.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is located in the heart of the Lincoln Square neighborhood, within the landmark Central Park West Historic District. Designed by Frederick R. Comstock, the copper-domed Beaux-Arts-style edifice dates from the turn of the 20th century, when it was built and originally dedicated as the Second Church of Christ, Scientist.

About its square-proportioned auditorium, NYC-Arts says, "With raked seating, First Church of Christ, Scientist's ambient and acoustical clarity is an ideal venue for chamber and orchestra performance."

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