In-Person Festival Concert Series

Amherst Early Music Festival Concert Series 2022
Lipkin Theatre, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA.

All concerts are at 7:30 pm, except the opera, which begins at 8 pm.
All concerts are free for the public! You may reserve a ticket on our website, but this is not necessary.
Please note that the concert series will be an in-person event, and will not be streamed.
Masks for audience members are required.

With Breath and Quill

7:30 - 9:00 pm, 9 August 2022

The Farallon Recorder Quartet is joined by harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie for a widely varied program of quartets and trio sonatas. Spanning the Medieval era to the present, Farallon will blend the smooth and resonant tones of recorders with the crisp and sonorous colors of the harpsichord. Farallon’s four recorderists—Miyo Aoki, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, and Vicki Boeckman—will play consort works from Medieval, Renaissance, and modern times. The harpsichord comes into the mix with works by Baroque composers, including Handel, Corelli, and Bach, as well as with Frances Blaker's newly composed piece Breath and Quill, written in celebration of our return to a live and in-person AEMF.

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Amherst Baroque Soloists

7:30 - 9:00 pm, 11 August 2022

Dazzling virtuosic Baroque music performed by Amherst Baroque Academy faculty, including Ingrid Matthews, violin; Saskia Coolen, recorder; Meg Owens, oboe; Wouter Vershuren, bassoon; Jérôme Huille, cello; Sarah Cunningham, viol; Peter Sykes, and Kathryn Cok, harpsichord. Directed by Saskia Coolen and Hsuan-Wen Chen.

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Baroque Academy Opera Project: The Judgement of Paris by Daniel Purcell

8:00 - 10:00 pm, 12 August 2022

Daniel Purcell, who wrote music for over forty plays, was brother or cousin to Henry Purcell. He wrote the delightful Judgement of Paris as part of a 1700-1701 competition to write music to a masque libretto by William Congreve. AEMF’s fully staged production is edited with a Prologue and Epilogue created by Grant Herreid and Lawrence Rosenwald, with AEMF student singers, dancers, and orchestra. Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid, co-directors; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz dance directors; Ronnie Snader, costumes; and Paul Guttry, props.  Performance begins at 8:00 pm.

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A Tapestry of Early Music: Amherst Early Music Faculty Concert I

7:30 - 9:00 pm, 13 August 2022

A Festival overview! AEMF faculty and staff members perform Medieval polyphony, gorgeous Renaissance consorts, and virtuosic Baroque solos to delight and entertain you. Performances can be heartfelt, witty, outrageous, or all of the above.

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Portrait of a Lady

7:30 - 9:00 pm, 18 August 2022

Is Baroque style about formal elegance? Or about emotion, atmosphere, or drama? All of the above! After diving deep into rediscovered performance practices Sarah Cunningham and Adam Young (viols), Kevin Payne (theorbo), and Leon Schelhase (harpsichord) have found that music can be like impassioned and eloquent speech and can tell stories and paint pictures. Who is Marella D’Aubonne the imaginary lady in the picture and what story does this music tell? The violas, harpsichord, and theorbo will take on the role of this mysterious woman. And along with verbal narrative, we will unveil the life of the lady in the portrait. Music of Jean Baptiste Lully, Antoine Forqueray, and Marin Marais.

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Choral Program Student Concert

7:30 - 9:00 pm, 19 August 2022

Directed by Kent Tritle, this concert is always a highlight of the festival. This summer’s program features two early sacred cantatas by J. S. Bach—Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” accompanied by strings and basso continuo, written for Easter; and Cantata No. 106, “Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit,” also known as Actus Tragicus, with accompaniment by two recorders, two viols, and continuo, composed for a funeral.

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A Tapestry of Early Music: Amherst Early Music Faculty Concert II

7:30 - 9:00 pm, 20 August 2022

A Festival overview! AEMF faculty and staff members perform Medieval polyphony, gorgeous Renaissance consorts, and virtuosic Baroque solos to delight and entertain you. Performances can be heartfelt, witty, outrageous, or all of the above.

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