Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts 2019

All concerts at 7:30 in Evans Hall, located in the Cummings Arts Center, unless noted. Join us for pre-concert madrigals in the courtyard and post-concert receptions. All concerts are free for Festival participants. Order your tickets online here!

The Festival Concert Series is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Tuesday, July 16
Diana's Hunt - Alkemie
Stunning music from 14th-century Italy and newly-composed repertoire inspired by the medieval bestiary. Vieles, harp, recorders, percussion and voices evoke soaring birds, slithering reptiles, wondrous creatures, and the goddesses Diana and Venus. Serving as both mythology and Christian allegory, these fantastic visions of the animal kingdom continue to provoke the modern as well as the medieval imagination.

Thursday, July 18
Amherst Baroque Soloists Dazzling Baroque music from Italy, with Baroque Academy faculty Laura Pudwell and Aaron Sheehan voice, Julie Andrijeski violin, Paolo Pandolfo viol,Sarah Cunningham viol, Phoebe Carrai cello, Heather Miller Lardin double bass, Xavier Diaz Latorre lute, Saskia Coolen recorder, Wendy Rolfe flute, Meg Owens oboe, Stephanie Corwin bassoon, Peter Sykes harpsichord.

Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Fully-Staged Baroque Opera Scenes: #Anch'Io. Ariadne's "Me Too" moment is dramatically depicted in six operatic retellings of the Greek myth by Monteverdi, Conradi, Handel, and Haydn.
Drew Minter, stage director; Gary Thor Wedow music director; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, dance directors; Lawrence Rosenwald, texts; Ronnie Snader, costumes; and Paul Guttry, props.

July 19,20,21
Music & Instrument Exhibition 
(in Crozier-Williams Student Center, free)
Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations. Friday, July 19 from 5:30 to 6:30, Saturday July 20, and Sunday July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 
Student Concerts (in Crozier-Williams and Evans Hall, free)
10:00 a.m. Large group concert
11:15 a.m. The Choral Workshop, directed by Kent Tritle(Harkness Chapel)
1:00 p.m. Baroque Academy (Crozier)
2:30 p.m. Central Programy (Crozier)
4:30 p.m. Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists

Saturday, July 20
A Tapestry of Early Music A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.

Sunday, July 21 3:00 p.m.
Martin Bernstein, recorder, with friends in concert (Crozier) FREE!

Tuesday, July 23
Saskia Coolen and Bart Spanhove, recorder, with Xavier Diaz-Latorre, lute and theorbo

Thursday, July 25
Lute Encounter 1530's
Rolf Lislevand and Bor Zuljan, lutes. 

Friday, July 26
Dafne Double Bill
Two Dafne Operas Scenes. Marco da Gagliano (1608) and Giovanni Reutter. Directed by Julianne Baird and Richard Stone. Staging by Damon Bonetti.

Saturday, July 27
Student Concerts
10:00 a.m. Large group concert
11:00 a.m. Musicians of the New London Assembly
1:00 p.m. Troubadour Diaspora
2:30 p.m. Central Program (Crozier)
4:30 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive

Saturday, July 27
A Second Tapestry of Early Music A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.