16th Annual Rochester Early Music Festival offers ancient sounds for a modern city

16th Annual Rochester Early Music Festival offers ancient sounds for a modern city

The Rochester Early Music Festival will feature 12 performances over 8 days during the month of November from the 13th through the 20th. The event includes chamber groups, solo performances, and vocal music.

A highlight of the festival, the Gala Concert on Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm will bring together nearly all of the musicians participating in the festival for a night of wildly varied musical offerings.

Featured Rochester Early Music Festival offerings include:

  • Publick Musick: “Of Earth and Heaven,” a concert of music for soprano, bass, strings, and organ, by 17th-century German composer Matthias Weckmann and his circle. Rochester favorite Laura Heimes (soprano) and Mischa Bouvier (baritone) will perform the searingly beautiful cantata "Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst.” Sunday, Nov 12, 4pm.
  • Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists: “Baroque Sing-Along” with David McCarthy (current President of the Rochester Chapter of the AGO) along with Bruce Frank, Thatcher Lyman, Maryanne Hamilton, Dianne Maynard-Christensen and Rob Ferris. An evening of Baroque preludes based on Lutheran chorales and Gregorian chant; the audience will also have the opportunity to sing each melody, accompanied by some of Rochester's finest organists. Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:30pm.
  • Bachaholics Anonymous: not your usual 12-step gathering, but a light-hearted evening featuring area vocalists and musicians performing Bach’s Cantata 23, Du Wahrer Gott und Davids Son as well as selections from The Art of the Fugue and The Musical Offering. Wednesday, Nov 16, 7:30pm.
  • Performances at the Memorial Art Gallery: “Third Thursday” with Baroque trumpet virtuoso Brian Shaw and “Going for Baroque” Sunday mini-recitals with Juli Elliot (soprano) and Christopher Petit (organ). Thursday, Nov 17, 7:30pm; Sunday, Nov 20, 1 and 3pm.
  • Chamber concerts featuring Christopher Petit (fortepiano) and Glenna Curren (cello) performing works of the Mozart and Bach progeny, and Malcolm Matthews (harpsichord) playing music of Duphly and Bach. Monday, Nov 14, 8pm and Saturday, Nov 19, 7:30pm.

For a complete list of festival events, click here.

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