Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts 2020

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 7
Venus' Garland: Music of Schuetz and Gabrieli
New World Recorders and Parthenia Viol Consort

Thursday, July 9
Amherst Baroque Soloists
Virtuostic 17th and 18th c. music with Baroque Academy Faculty: Drew Minter and Nico van der Meel voice, Julie Andrijeskie violin, Saskia Coolen recorder, Gwyn Roberts flute, Meg Owens oboe, Wouter Verschuren bassoon, Phoebe Carrai cello, Paolo Pandolfo and Sarah Cunningham viol, Heather Miller Lardin violone, Xavier Diaz-Latorre lute, Arthur Haas and Peter Sykes harpsichord

Friday, July 10, at 8:00 p.m.
Baroque Opera US Premiere: Dafne (1734)
by Giorgio Reutter. Inspired by Ovid's literary classic, The Metamorphoses, the opera recounts the myth of the nymph Daphne, her desperate flight from a lust-maddened Apollo, and her magical transformation. Fully staged and costumed with Baroque orchestra and historical dance. Julianne Baird and Richard Stone directors Oliver Camacho staging, Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar Mainz historical dance, Ronnie Snader costumes, Paul Guttry props.

 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 10, 11, 12
Music & Instrument Exhibition 
(in Crozier-Williams Student Center, free)
Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations. Try out instruments, meet instrument makers, browse through music. Free and open to the public. Friday, July 10, from 5:30 to 6:30, Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 am FREE in Harkness Chapel
Twin sons of Different Mothers: Music of Bach and Telemann for Chorus, Vocal Soloists, and Orchestra. The Festival Choral Workshop, directed by Kent Tritle, performs Bach's well known Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, and Telemann's rarely heard Deus, judicium tuum, with Baroque woodwinds and strings.

Saturday, July 11
Student Concerts
in Crozier. Free and open to the public.
10:00 a.m. Large group concert; 1:00 p.m. Baroque Academy; 2:30 p.m. Central Program; 4:30 p.m. Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists.

 

Saturday, July 11
A Tapestry of Early Music
A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuostic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.

Sunday, July 12, 3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public
Stolen Roses, music of Bach, Biber, Weiss, Telemann
Xavier Diaz Latorre lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar
Lush and passionate Baroque music, played by world-renowned virtuoso Diaz-Latorre, including arrangements of the Ciaccona from Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 and the Passacaglia from Biber's Rosary Sonatas for violin.

 

Thursday, July 16
Pilgrim's Progress
Seven Times Salt with Michael Barrett

Mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing with music of the Elizabethan tavern and theater, spirited catches by Thomas Ravenscroft, selections from the Dutch collection ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, stirring psalms from the Ainsworth Psalter, and vigorous tunes from Playford’s English Dancing Master, all interspersed with fictitious "diary entries" read aloud in Original Pronunciation. With English country dance!

 


Friday, July 17
The World of Ludwig Senfl

Faculty recorder, viol, vocal, and loud ensembles perform works by Ludwig Senfl (1486-1543), court composer for the Emperor Maximilian, and student of Heinrich Isaac. From elaborate canons and quodlibets to motets and liturgical music, we'll explore secular and sacred music by this eclectic composer, and his contemporaries. Directed by Douglas Kirk.



Saturday, July 18
Student Concerts in Crozier. Free and open to the public.
10:00 a.m. Large group concert; 11:15 a.m. New London Assembly Musicians; 1:00 Medieval Project with Benjamin Bagby Project Oswald von Wolkenstein; 2:30 p.m. Central Program; 4:30 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive.

Saturday, July 18
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.