Lecture: Louise Basbas with Henry Lee

Sunday, February 14, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Online Event

Forty-Five Years of New Performances of “Music Before 1800”

Concert manager Henry Lee asks director Louise Basbas discerning questions that reveal how Music Before 1800 has evolved and changed throughout an intense and musically rewarding forty-five years of presenting. Through the AIDS epidemic, 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and COVID-19 the show has gone on, offering established early-music stars, virtuosic soloists and groups in debut, and premieres of newly discovered old music.

Estimated run time: 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.


Louise Basbas is the founder and executive director of Music Before 1800. Now in its forty-sixth season, it is the longest-running early music concert series in New York City. She is the director of music and organist at Corpus Christi Church where she conducts the choir, a professional ensemble which specializes in historically informed repertoire and newly commissioned works for the church’s extensive liturgy. Ms. Basbas is an active advocate for organ, vocal, and chamber music, and in particular, for early music. She has been a board member and held offices for numerous appropriate organizations and has served as a panelist for grant-making organizations. She lives in Greenwich Village with Darcy, a sweet-natured, Southern hunting dog.

Lecture Recording on Demand

Free Event

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