Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts 2019... coming soon!

2018 Concert Information is listed below... 2019 concert series information is coming soon!

All concerts at 7:30 in Evans Hall, located in the Cummings Arts Center, 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!

The Festival Concert Series is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Tuesday, July 10
14th-Century Avant-Garde - Les Delices in collaboration with Blue Heron. 

The fourteenth century’s unparalleled freedom of thought inspired composers to write music that fearlessly explored rhythmic complexity and flirted with the limits of what is possible in performance. The results make for intoxicating listening and music that –even today– sounds remarkably modern. Songs and instrumental music by Machaut, Senleches, and others explore the relationships between mathematics, science, symbol, and sound.

Scott Metcalfe (vielle & gothic harp), Debra Nagy (recorders, douçaines, harp, and voice), and singers Jason McStoots and Martin Near.   

Thursday, July 12
Amherst Baroque Soloists Dazzling Baroque music from France and the Low Countries, with Aaron Sheehan voice, Jason McStoots voice, Julie Andrijeski violin, Paolo Pandolfo viol, Sarah Cunningham viol, Jaap ter Linden cello, Heather Miller Lardin double bass, Xavier Diaz Latorre lute, Saskia Coolen recorder, Na'ama Lion flute, Debra Nagy oboe.

Friday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Fully-Staged Baroque Semi-Opera: Lully's Cadmus et Hermione
Drew Minter, stage director; Adam Pearl, music director; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, dance directors; Lawrence Rosenwald, texts; Ronnie Snader, costumes; and Paul Guttry, props.

July 13,14,15
Music & Instrument Exhibition 
(in Crozier-Williams Student Center, free)
Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations. Friday, July 13 from 5:30 to 6:30, Saturday July 14, and Sunday July 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 
Student Concerts (in Crozier-Williams and Evans Hall, free)
10:00 a.m. Large group concert
11:15 a.m. The Choral Workshop, directed by Kent Tritle(Harkness Chapel)
1:00 p.m. Baroque Academy (Crozier)
2:30 p.m. Central Programy (Crozier)
4:30 p.m. Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists perform staged French Cantatas (Evans Hall)

Saturday, July 14 
A Tapestry of Early Music A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.

Flanders Recorder Quartet
perform Final Favorites, a program of some of the best pieces the group has performed over the years, including works by Costanzo Festa, Robert Parsons, Matthew Locke, and J.S. Bach. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the quartet in their final season together as a group. After the performance they will receive the American Recorder Society's Distinguished Achievement Award. 


Thursday, July 19
Benjamin Bagby "The Wanderer"
 A voyage to the hereafter, Him tha Scyld gewat, is described in a royal ship burial from the Old English Beowulf epic; the secret thoughts and fears of a solitary traveler are the subject of the most famous of the Anglo-Saxon elegies (anon. 10th century)

known today simply as 'The Wanderer', Oft ic anhagan; and Es fuegt sich, delicious episodes from the crazy life of the medieval poet most closely associated with travel and adventure, Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376-1445).

Friday, July 20
Hapsburg Choirbook Project, Wim Becu, director.
Glorious sacred works by Franco-Flemish composers working in Austria and Bavaria: Philippe de Monte, Lambert de Sayve, and Orlande de Lassus. Staff and student brass and reed instruments, small vocal ensemble, and combined forces for the de Sayve 16-voice mass Dominus Regnavit, which will be performed using large choir books. A 16th-century chapel brought to life!

Saturday, July 21
Student Concerts

10:00 a.m. Large group concert
11:00 a.m. Musicians of the New London Assembly
1:00 p.m. Roman de Fauvel project
2:30 p.m. Central Program (Crozier)
4:30 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive (Crozier)


Saturday, July 21
A Second Tapestry of Early Music A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.