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!

We begin in late fall with the return of Rachel Podger, leading Juilliard415 on December 5. The exuberance and energy of these young virtuosi create a festive fanfare as we return to live concerts.

Repertoire ranges from Hesperus’s medieval music for the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame to Juilliard’s 18th century overtures and concerti. You can hear Blue Heron perform a monumental mass setting by the great Renaissance composer Ockeghem. ACRONYM vividly resuscitates neglected wonders of the 17th century. Visitors from Texas, Ars Lyrica Houston, provide a Christmas concert full of lively holiday music from the Western Hemisphere. Piffaro commutes to NYC from Philadelphia to give us an array of wind band music from the realms of Charles V in the first half of the 16th century.

Join us Sunday afternoons in Morningside Heights and at your leisure online for the streamed version of our events. We offer two options: live concerts at Corpus Christi Church and streamed programs, aired a week after each live performance and available to ticket purchasers for two weeks.

Sunday afternoon concerts at 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, Manhattan

December 5—Juilliard415 with Rachel Podger
Wonders of Baroque Italy

December 19—Ars Lyrica Houston (NYC debut)
Crossing Borders

January 23—Hesperus
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Early Music & Early Film

February 13—ACRONYM
Ad Astra

February 27—Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
The Musical Legacy of Charles V: The Spanish-Flemish Connection

May 8—Blue Heron
Divine Songs: Ockeghem@600

Programs are subject to change.

All concerts become available online a week after the performance, along with a live virtual Q&A.

Save the dates! Subscriptions become available on August 1 and single tickets on September 7.

(Updated September 16, 2021)

Music Before 1800 Announces Season 46

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 are our top priorities.

If you have ticket(s) to any of the three concerts, we offer the following options:

1. Donate your ticket(s). Your generous support is crucial to our mission, especially during this unprecedented challenging time. We will send you an acknowledgement for your tax-deductible contribution.

2. Request a refund to your original form of payment.

Please email us at or call us at 212-666-9266 no later than April 30, 2020 with your response. We anticipate beautiful performances by Aya Hamada, Peter Sykes, and Juilliard415 in a new season when we can all once again enjoy public concerts of music before 1800! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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.

Sunday afternoon concerts at 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church, 529 W. 121st Street, Manhattan

October 6: ACRONYM—Cantica Nova: Discoveries from Uppsala’s Düben Manuscripts
October 27: Cappella Pratensis—Jacob Obrecht’s Missa Maria zart
November 17: Emi Ferguson with RUCKUS—Fly the Coop: Bach Sonatas and Preludes
December 22: Blue Heron—Christmas in 17th-Century Germany: Music by Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, and Others
January 19: Sequentia—Charms, Riddles and Elegies of the Medieval Northlands, 8th-11th Centuries
February 9: Stile Antico—Breaking the Habit: Music by and for Women in Renaissance Europe
February 23: Academy of Sacred Drama—The Victim of Love: Oratorio by Gianettini
April 19: Juilliard415 with Robert Mealy—The Invention of the Orchestra: A Tale of Two Cities—Corelli’s Rome and Lully’s Paris

Thursday evening concerts at 7 p.m.
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E. 65th Street, Manhattan
A Harpsichord Festival

March 5: Byron Schenkman—Scarlatti and Frescobaldi: Masters of the Italian Harpsichord
March 19: Aya Hamada—Portraits et Caractères: Pieces by d’Agincourt, Couperin, Rameau, Forqueray, and Duphly
April 2: Peter Sykes—Byways and Backwaters: German Harpsichord Music Not by Bach—Works of Mattheson, Krebs, Graupner, Böhm, Marpurg, et al.

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 “one of the discoveries of the year.

Blue Heron director Scott Metcalfe remarks: “I’m pleased beyond words that the Gramophone Award may win greater recognition for the Peterhouse repertoire and for Nick Sandon’s essential and brilliant restorations, the fruit of a lifetime’s work.”

Visit The ARTery for further information on the award. Blue Heron performs at Music Before 1800 on February 10.

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.

Season 44 Subscriptions & Individual Tickets Now Available

Individual concert tickets are now on sale for all upcoming Season 44 concerts. A selection of subscription packages are also available at the MB1800 website.

Vox Luminis Receives BBC Music Magazine Choral Award

Vox Luminis, who will perform Bach on October 28, was awarded a BBC Music Magazine Choral Award for their exploration of Luther’s hymns and Gospel translations in settings by many of JS Bach’s predecessors. [more info]

Music Before 1800 Announces Season 44

On September 30, Benjamin Bagby kicks things off with an imaginative re-creation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, called a “double tour de force of scholarly excavation and artistic dynamism” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Season tickets are now available!