32 Seasons of Early Music in the Finger Lakes and Central New York

  • Beiliang Zhu Plays Bach

    baroque cello and baroque 5-string cello

    November 20 at 7:30pm and November 22 at 4:00pm EST

    Upstate New York-based, award-winning cellist Beiliang Zhu plays an unusual all-Bach program which includes the d minor violin partita played on 5-string cello and the G Major cello suite.

    This event will be presented online, with chat with the artist.

    The time zone for this concert is Eastern Standard Time. This concert is a collaboration with Pegasus Early Music.

  • Thorn of the Honey Locust: Geoffrey Burgess, author and oboist

    In a LIVE online presentation, NYS Baroque oboist, musicologist, and now author Geoffrey Burgess discusses his new novel, Thorn of the Honey Locust, and reads us selections from this work in progress. The novel is based on the life of Bach’s favorite oboe player, Johann Caspar Gleditsch, a prominent Leipzig musician for whom Bach wrote his most difficult and beautiful passages for oboe. We’ll hear about life in 18th century Germany, the beginnings of the coffee craze, what it was like to meet the great Bach, and even learn about horticulture to understand the title of the book! Musical examples and images will complement this engaging conversation with NYSB Director Deborah Fox.

    This event will be presented live online, with chat with the artist. 

    The time zone for this concert is Eastern Daylight Time. This concert is a collaboration with Pegasus Early Music. 

  • Dowland’s Grand Tour: Paul O’Dette, lute

    Our regional world-renowned lutenist performs music of English lutenist John Dowland, as well as the music he encountered on his travels around Europe in the early 17th century. Music by Huwet, Molinaro, Dowland himself, and more. 

    Throughout his career, Dowland showed a keen interest in the music of a wide range of European composers. Beginning with his apprenticeship to Sir Henry Cobham in Paris from 1580 to 1584, he heard and studied the lute and vocal music of leading French composers. He also traveled through Italy and Germany, where he had the opportunity to meet and hear many composers and lutenists, Dowland borrowed ideas from each of them to add richness and variety to his own music.

    This concert will be presented online, with live chat with the artist. Please check here on the days of the concerts to get the link for the concert; OR you can sign up by clicking on the Notify Me button below to receive notification of the links on September 25 and 27.

    The time zone for this concert is Eastern Daylight Time. This concert is a collaboration with Pegasus Early Music. 

NYS Baroque Fall 2020 Season

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Paul O'Dette

Dowland’s Grand Tour
Paul O’Dette, lute
Sept 25 at 7:30pm and Sept 27 at 4:00pm EDT

Thorn of Honey Locust

Thorn of the Honey Locust: A Conversation and Reading 
Geoffrey Burgess, oboist, musicologist, novelist
Oct 16 at 7:30pm and Oct 18 at 4:00pm EDT

Beiliang Zhu

Beiliang Zhu Plays Bach
Beiliang Zhu, baroque cello
Nov 20 at 7:30pm and Nov 22 at 4:00pm EST

At the Court of the Sun King

At the Court of the Sun King
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, composer and musician
Dec 11 at 7:30pm and Dec 13 at 4:00pm EST