2017 – 2018 Season
Loose Canon

Balancing répertoire treasured and unexpected, our ninth season loosens the canon and visits sites unseen. Our family of early music visionaries expands to include new practitioners from across the globe, and we welcome new partnerships to our roster of collaborating institutions.

We look forward to seeing you.

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It is telling that à cordes, which refers to a strung instrument, so closely resembles accord, which means agreement, harmony, concordance, and peace.


France à cordes explores 500 years of political echoes in French music. From the biting social satire of the medieval Roman de Fauvel to the bourgeois triumph of the Guitare Napolonienne, from the Athenian nostalgia of La Rhétorique des Dieux to the absolutist splendor of Mazzarin’s Italian imports, France has long provided fertile ground for musical statecraft.

 

Five concerts and four venues bring together an international roster of artists and scholars, joined by a city-wide consortium of partnering institutions, including La Maison Française of NYU, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the Church of St. Jean Baptiste, L’Église Française du Saint Esprit, and Princeton University Press. France à Cordes is made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation, and the generous co-sponsorship of La Maison Française of NYU and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

 

Bienvenus a France à Cordes

Photo of Pascal Valois by François Latulippe.

Thursday, April 26th 7:00pm

NYU Maison Française

16 Washington Mews

 

Contemporaneously with Napoleon’s rise, “Guitaromanie” reached its height in salons throughout the French capital. 


Whether for Fernando Sor’s new fantasia or Louis-Ange Carpentras’s arrangements of operas, new guitar works were entusiastically embraced, opening a new world of repertoire to the freshly empowered bourgeois musicians of post-Revolutionary era. 


Thanks to its clarity, precision, richness, and diversity, its dramatic twists and turns, this Parisian music is as fresh today as it was to the post-Ancien Régime world.

 

This concert is made possible in part by the generous co-sponsorship of NYU Maison Française.

Saturday, April 28th 8:00pm

The Church of St. Jean Baptiste

184 East 76th Street

 

Jessica Gould, soprano

L’Aura Soave

Diego Castelli & Dario Palmisano, violins

Diego Cantalupi, theorbo

Davide Pozzi, harpsichord

 

A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino, was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, importing innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers in service of the French state. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations.

 

Native sons whom he championed include Luigi Rossi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, Francesco Cavalli and Giacomo Carissimi, and their work came to transform the music of France. Arias, cantatas, and operas by these Italian composers and more can be found to this day at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, where many treasures of Mazarin’s collection still await a performance in our own time.

 

The France à Cordes festival concludes with this CD release concert, which celebrates the new recording of At the Pleasure of Mazarin on the MV Cremona label. For more information, including program notes, additional concerts, sound clips, and more, click here.


Past Events this Season

Thursday, November 16th  8:00pm

The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South


Most recently presented at Temple Emanu-El in partnership with the Carnegie Hall La Serenissima Festival, in Italy at the Teatro all'Antica di Sabbioneta and the Great Synagogue of Florence, we are honored to partner with historic Brotherhood Synagogue in presenting the fourth annual New York performance of From Ghetto to Cappella.

While the Inquisition raged throughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were more porous than impenetrable. A lively dialogue between Jewish and Catholic musical cultures traversed the forbidding walls and enriched the music of both Synagogue and Sanctuary at a time of great oppression.

Works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and unaccompanied Hebrew chants attest to a vibrant conversation, as do selections from the 1759 Hebrew libretto of Handel's Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer's death.

 

Jessica Gould, soprano & Elena Biscuola, mezzo-soprano; Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba; Charles Weaver, theorbo; Elliott Figg, harpsichord


Members of Brotherhood Synagogue should call the synagogue office for a special discount code.

Online sales for this event have closed. A small number of tickets will be available at the door at 7:00pm
Fatima Gozlan

Tuesday, December 12th 7:30pm

The Bernie Wohl Center of Goddard Riverside

647 Columbus Avenue

 

The region of Northern Africa to the west of Egypt, once known as the Barbary Coast and later, the Maghreb, nurtured a volatile mix of Phoenician, Carthaginian, and later Berber, Jewish, and Arabic cultures. Its most legendary city a sacrifice to Rome’s founding, its more recent turmoil the troubled heir of European colonization.

 

An ethnic cauldron and brutal colonialism forged a vibrant and kaleidoscopic musical tradition that lives on to this day. Please join us for our second collaboration with Afro Roots Tuesdays, as we welcome an ensemble of  gifted musicians of Algerian, Tunisian, and Morrocan origin, for an early music concert surely unlike any Other.


Online ticket sales are now closed for this event. Tickets will be available at the door one half hour before the performance starts.

 


Ensemble Sharq Takht

Fatima Gozlan: ney, percussion, vocals; Marandi Hostetter: violin; Brian Prunka: oud; John Murchison: bass; Simon Moushabeck: percussion/accordion

Lady of Carthage: Roman mosaic
Carthage National Museum, Tunis

Saturday, December 16th 8:00pm

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street

 

The capital of Tunisia was once the legendary city of Carthage. Its Queen Dido, loved and abandoned by Aeneas on his mission to found Rome, inspired countless musical masterworks from the baroque era to Berlioz. This concert alternates cantatas dedicated to the Carthaginian Queen with the Arabic form of improvisation known as Taksim, as two historically informed ensembles – one western and the other Tunisian, share a stage, offering a new perspective on Dido the misused monarch and the site of Northern Africa as both exploited resource and object of fantasy in the Western European mythscape.

 

Traditional Takisim, works of Cavalli, Couperin, de Visée, Legrenzi, Montéclair, Purcell, and Strozzi

 

Jessica Gould, soprano

Aaron Brown & Amie Weiss, violins

Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba

Massimo Marchese, theorbo

Kenneth Merrill, harpsichord


Fatima Gozlan, ney & percussion

Brian Prunka, oud


Online sales for this event have ended. Tickets will be available at the door.


Davide Pozzi at Palazzo Bardi
Nathan Smith, photographer

Thursday, January 18 6:00pm

Friday, January 19 6:00pm

The Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue


Italian harpsichordist Davide Pozzi (grace and fluency abounding – Early Music Review) performs JS Bach, The Goldberg Variations in a special performance, free and open to the public, at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.


The concert, co-produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, celebrates the release of Mr. Pozzi's most recent CD of The Goldberg Variations on the Pan Classics Label. CDs will be available for purchase after the performance.


Tickets are free but only 100 seats are available and reservations are required.


The concert on January 18th is sold out.
To reserve for the concert on January 19th, please click here.

FIAT LUX (Let there be Light) celebrates the origins of the Scientific Revolution in Italy and the impact of science on the world of aesthetics. From the earth-tilting discoveries of Galileo, son of a composer, to the confrontational realism of Caravaggio, convicted murderer, two concerts explore the music of the tumultuous 17th-century, when the fresh embrace of empirical observation sent waves through the world, changed the way we see and hear, and challenged the powers that be.

Sunday, March 4th 4:00pm

The Bernie Wohl Center

647 Columbus Avenue


Galileo's Daughters

Sarah Pillow, soprano & Mary-Anne Ballard, viola da gamba

with guests Ronn McFarlane, lute; author Dava Sobel & Marc Wagnon, video artist


Music of Caccini, Cavalli, Monteverdi, and Purcell


A moving and compelling account of a remarkable moment in the history of science, human thought and music, Perpetual Motion ties together the groundbreaking repertoire of Galileo’s day, narration by acclaimed best-selling science writer Dava Sobel, (author of Galileo's Daughter) and high-definition images of Earth and the cosmos. 


Sobel narrates the story of coinciding revolutions in science and music in the 17th century, as breathtaking images of Earth and the heavens complement virtuoso performances. Together they present a link to the past and bring to light the exquisite beauty of our world.


This concert is made possible by the generous collaboration of the Bernie Wohl Center.


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Wednesday, March 7th 6:00pm & 8:00pm
The 1607 Library of the Fabbri Mansion, House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street

Jessica Gould, soprano & Diego Cantalupi, theorbo

Music of Ferrari, Kapsberger, Laurencini, Merula, Rigatti, Sances, and others


A revolutionary and and confrontational painter whose canvasses absorbed the naturalism and discoveries of the ways of light made by his scientist contemporaries, Caravaggio chose as his models for various female saints, sundry “fallen women” – prostitutes who were lovers not only of the artist, but of various cardinals as well. The paintings offer a perspective on the complicated life of the artist, his time, and the thin line that separates sacred from profane passion in the baroque aesthetic.

 

Like the paintings, the musical works were composed with a masterful chiaroscuro in which sacred scenes are rendered with intense changes of vocal color between light and dark. Please join us for this CD release concert honoring this subversive genius and the music of his time.


For more information about the recording, please click here. The concert will take place in the 17th-century Fabbri Library, built in 1607 and brought to the United States during World War I.


This concert is made possible in part by the generous co-sponsorship of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.


Online sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the door.

Sunday, April 8th 4:00pm

L’Église Française du Saint Esprit

111 East 60th Street


Corina Marti

clavisymbalum, double flute, and recorders

The 14th­–century relocation of the papacy from Rome to Avignon provided ripe opportunity for both shock and satire. 

The Roman de Fauvel, an allegorical verse about an orange-hued donkey who becomes king, and whose marriage to Fortune results in the antichrist, is probably the best known work to come out of the tumult. 

Basel-based virtuosa Corina Marti performs exquisite musical selections by Philippe de Vitry and others, Ars Nova tales that tell of calamity that ensues when a state loses its way and an ass takes the throne.

Click here to read an interview with Corina Marti.

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Thursday, April 12th 6:00pm

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

24 West 12th Street

Book Presentation: The Politics of Opera


Author Mitchell Cohen 

in dialogue with Eric Banks, Director of the NYU Institute for the Humanites

 

From Vincenzo Galilei to the French Revolution, author Mitchell Cohen offers a compelling and sweeping investigation into the intersections of music and the state in The Politics of Opera, a new publication by Princeton University Press. 


Cohen joins NYU Institute for the Humanities director Eric Banks in conversation to investigate how politics—through story lines, symbols, harmonies, and musical motifs—have played an operatic role both robust and sotto voce, in this free event co-hosted by NY Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. 

Copies of The Politics of Opera will be available for sale after the event.


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Engraving from Les Rhétoriques des Dieux
Tuesday, April 17th 7:00pm 
NYU Maison Française
16 Washington Mews   

Born out of the salons of the Grand Siècle, the 1652 manuscript called La Rhetorique des Dieux by Denis Gaultier offers an impressive synthesis of music, mythology, engraving, gold work, prose, and poetry. 

Weaving ravishing music with the spoken word, Boston-based lutenist Catherine Liddell mines the mythological roots of lute repertoire of Versailles, one golden age mirrored in another.

This concert is made possible in part by the generous co-sponsorship of NYU Maison Française 

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