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2022-23 Season Masking Policy

In anticipation of the opening of our 48th season on October 2nd, Music Before 1800 announces that all patrons will be required to wear a face covering while attending concerts in order to protect performers and concertgoers alike. Music Before 1800 reserves the right to revise this policy in accordance with public health updates throughout […]

MB1800 Founder Louise Basbas to Step Down

Dear Friends, I am writing to tell you of my plan to step down as Executive and Artistic Director of Music Before 1800. The concert series is close to fifty years old and is thriving. It has been my life’s project, and now, with the support and wisdom of a generous, thoughtful and attentive board […]

Music Before 1800 Announces Season 48

Music Before 1800’s 48th season is filled with singing. We are presenting soloists and ensembles with repertoire ranging from the 12th-century Hildegard of Bingen to 19th-century spirituals, our new American Roots initiative. We cannot wait for the return of Vox Luminis and Cappella Pratensis, whose absence we lamented during the pandemic. And after delays, at […]

Music Before 1800 Announces Season 47

We are so happy to announce our 47th season and to know that New York can count on Music Before 1800 to help bring back culture to the city, forging the way to reopening!

Music Before 1800 Announces Season 46

We will have four intimate, hour-long virtual concerts:  May 2: Diderot String Quartet will launch the season with From Russia with Love: String Quartets for Catherine the Great. You will be introduced to the composer Anton Ferdinand Titz and have the opportunity to enjoy a string quartet by Haydn.

COVID-19 Update

We regret to inform you that the three remaining concerts of the season, scheduled for March 19 (Aya Hamada), April 2 (Peter Sykes), and April 19, 2020 (Juilliard415 and Robert Mealy), have been canceled due to COVID-19. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation. However, the safety and well-being of our audience and artists […]

Music Before 1800 Announces Season 45

We are pleased to announce our 2019-20 season, a delectable assortment of concerts with music from the 8th to the 18th centuries, from Sequentia’s diverting and witty Charms, Riddles and Elegies to Peter Sykes’ Byways and Backwaters: German Harpsichord Music Not by Bach! Subscriptions go on sale May 15 and single tickets mid-July.

Blue Heron Wins 2018 Gramophone Award

Blue Heron has become the first non-European ensemble to win the Gramophone Award in the early music category, marking a milestone in the award’s 41-year history. The prize recognizes Blue Heron’s recording Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 5, a piece of music traced as far as 1540, when it was copied for Canterbury Cathedral. Gramophone called it […]

Vox Luminis & Blue Heron Shortlisted for 2018 Gramophone Awards

Vox Luminis, (at MB1800 on October 28), and Blue Heron (February 10) have been shortlisted for 2018 Gramophone Awards. Vox Luminis is shortlisted for the recording Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, released on Ricercar, and Blue Heron for the fifth volume in its Peterhouse series. For more information, visit the Gramophone website.