Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts 2017 ~ 2018 coming soon!

All concerts at 7:30 in Evans 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!

Tuesday, July 11
At Heavn's Gate Sings An evening of rarely-heard songs from Shakespeare’s plays, by Thomas Morley, Robert Johnson, and other Elizabethan and Jacobean composers, sung by the extraordinary soprano Julianne Baird, with Richard Stone, Renaissance lute.

Thursday, July 13
Amherst Baroque Soloists Dazzling English and Spanish Baroque music, with Julianne Baird, soprano; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Julie Andrijeski, violin; Saskia Coolen and Han Tol, recorder; Sandra Miller, flute; Meg Owens, oboe; Wouter Verschuren, bassoon; Paolo Pandolfo, viol; Sarah Freiberg, cello; Richard Stone, lute; Arthur Haas and Peter Sykes, harpsichord.

Friday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Fully-Staged Baroque Semi-Opera: Purcell's King Arthur (1691) Henry Purcell was the most important English composer of the Baroque period, a master of portraying human emotion in song. King Arthur, with text by Dryden, combines Arthurian legend, the supernatural, Baroque dance, and wonderful music in a charming dramatic entertainment. Drew Minter, stage director; Adam Pearl, music director; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, dance directors; Ronnie Snader, costumes; and Lawrence Rosenwald, texts.

July 15-16
Music & Instrument Exhibition
(in Crozier-Williams Student Center, free)
Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 
Student Concerts (in Crozier-Williams and Evans Hall, free)
11:00 a.m. Recorder Boot Camp Concert (Crozier)
1:00 p.m. Baroque Academy (Crozier)
2:30 p.m. Central Programy (Crozier)
4:00 p.m. Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists perform scenes from Cavalli's L'Erismena (Evans Hall)

Saturday, July 15 
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.

Monday, July 17Robin Hood 1922
Robin Hood with live score by Hesperus. The 1922 silent film classic starring Douglas Fairbanks, brought to life with early music performed on stage by Hesperus. Experience the pageantry of Richard the Lionheart's court, Prince John's sinister machinations, Robin and Marian's moving love story, and the irrepressible Fairbanks' swashbuckling finale. Priscilla Herreid, winds; Nell Snaidas, voice; Tina Chancey, strings; Grant Herreid, lute.

Tuesday, July 18
Lecture: 'And Fashion makes me Sing: Song, Celebrities, and The Beggar's Opera'
by Berta Joncus, Senior lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London. With live musical examples by AEMF faculty. FREE



Thursday, July 20
Ornament of the World A culture of tolerance among Muslims, Sephardic Jews, and Christians existed for 500 years in Medieval and Renaissance Spain. This concert will be a rich multi-cultural mosaic of this fascinating period. With Nina Stern, recorder; Ara Dinkjian, oud; Shira Kammen, vielle; Glen Velez, frame drum. Vocal ensemble directed by Kent Tritle.


Friday, July 21
The Beggar's Opera This witty, satirical, and wonderfully vibrant work by John Gay was a smash hit in 1728, filled with beggars and highwaymen of the London underworld, satire against politicians and aristocrats, spoofs of Italian opera, and songs drawn from English ballad repertory. Great entertainment, then and now! Semi-staged. Directed by Grant Herreid, with live pit band and English country dance.

Saturday, July 22
Student Concerts

11:00 a.m. The Choral Workshop, directed by Kent Tritle, performs the Great Service by William Byrd and works by Thomas Tallis and Robert Parsons (Harkness Chapel)
1:00 p.m. Virtuoso Recorder Seminar (Crozier)
2:30 p.m. Central Program (Crozier)
4:00 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive (Crozier)

Saturday, July 22
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.