The 2010-2011 concert season is once again upon early music lovers in the United States. And if you happen to live in or within driving distance of New York City, Boston, Houston, Milwaukee, San Francisco, or Seattle, then you’ll want to know about the performers coming to a series near you.
Boston Early Music Festival
The renowned series offer an international line-up of ensembles for their Boston series—Stile Antico, Symphonie des Dragons, Il Giardino Armonico, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Tallis Scholars.
In addition, Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” is on the schedule.
Early Music Guild of Seattle
The Guild’s International Series will present cellist Jaap ter Linden, viola da gambist Paolo Pandolfo and theorbist Thomas Boysen, and Anonymous 4, as well as local/regional artists—Stephen Stubbs will direct Pacific Musicworks, Concerto Palatino, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610; Monica Huggett leads the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Capella Romana, and Les Voix Baroques in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion.
Early Music Now
Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series offers varied programs with American and Euorpean groups—The Rose Ensemble, Fretwork, Lionheart, Sinfonia New York, Flanders Recorder Quartet, and Plaine & Easie (winner of the 2009 Early Music America Medieval And Renaissance Competition).
Houston Early Music
Although more modest in number, the series continues to present world-class performers—Jordi Savall, Ciaramella, Trio Sonnerie, and the Flanders Recorder Quartet.
Music Before 1800
The New York City-based series offers music from the middle ages through the baroque (and world music)—Paul O’Dette, Diabolus in Musica, Apollo’s Fire, Blue Heron, Choir of Corpus Christi Church, Juilliard Baroque, Pomerium, and Constantinople.
San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS)
SFEMS continues with a a mix of established local and internationally-acclaimed performers—Hargis/O’Dette Duo, Musica Pacifica with Dominique Labelle, cellisy Tanya Tomkins, Ciaramella, Voices of Music, Hallifax & Jeffrey, Wieland Kuijken and Friends, and Hopkinson Smith.