Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts

All concerts at 7:30 in Evans Concert Hall, 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!


Paolo PandolfoTuesday, July 7
L’Aria del Gran Duca A fabuous solo recital by Paolo Pandolfo, world-renowned virtuoso of the viol. Works by Abel, J.S. Bach, Marais, De Machy, D. Ortiz/Pandolfo, and Hume.

Thursday, July 9
Il Giorno Felice Italian Baroque music performed by the Amherst Baroque Soloists, including Julianne Baird, soprano; Aisslinn Nosky, violin; Saskia Coolen and Reine-Marie Verhagen, recorder; Wilbert Hazelzet, flute; Debra Nagy, oboe; Wouter Verschuren, bassoon; Sarah Freiberg, cello; Richard Stone, lute; Arthur Haas and Peter Sykes, harpsichord.

Friday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Baroque Opera: George Frideric Handel’s Il pastor fido (1734) Lovesick shepherds of ancient Arcadian Greece are featured in this pastoral opera seria, based on the epic 16th-century poem by Guarini. Staged, with AEMF student singers, dancers, and orchestra. Drew Minter, director; Kevin Mallon, music director; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, dance directors; Ronnie Snader, costumes; and Lawrence Rosenwald, texts.

July 11-12
Music & Instrument Exhibition (in Crozier, free)

Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations.

Saturday, July 11 Student Concerts (in Crozier, free)
11:15 a.m. Recorder Boot Camp; 1:00 p.m. Baroque Academy; 2:30 p.m. Central Program 4:30 p.m. Choral Workshop (in Cummings, free)

Saturday, July 11 
Amherst Early Music Faculty Concert I Hear many top early music performers in one evening. Expect the unexpected! Medieval to Baroque Italian and Spanish music, followed by the Workshop Collegium, directed by Grant Herreid, performing music of Gastoldi, Rossi, Wert, and Monteverdi.

Monday, July 13New York Polyphoony
Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli New York Polyphony, the Grammy-nominated men’s vocal quartet, expands to six voices to present Palestrina’s famous Mass for the Council of Trent, as well as Victoria’s motet O quam gloriosum.

Thursday, July 16
From Bassano to Corelli: Three Centuries of the Recorder in Italy The flauto dolce in diminutions and ricercatas, virtuosic early 17th c. canzonas, and Baroque sonatas. Directed by Reine-Marie Verhagen, with Festival faculty.

Friday, July 17
The Celestial Lyre of Orpheus Delightful songs and instrumental pieces running the gamut of 15th and 16th-century styles. Singers, lutes, viols, winds, and percussion will resonate in imitation of the Harmony of the Spheres. Semi-staged, with faculty and student singers and lutenists. Directed by Grant Herreid.

Saturday, July 18 Student Concerts (in Crozier, free)
1:00 p.m. Virtuoso Recorder and Recorder Seminar; 2:30 p.m. Central Program 4:30 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive

Saturday, July 18
Amherst Early Music Faculty Concert II Hear many top early music performers in one evening. Expect the unexpected! Medieval to Baroque Italian and Spanish music, performed by AEMF faculty, followed by the Workshop Collegium, directed by Ross Brownlee, performing Monteverdi’s 1650 Messa a 4 voci.