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 debut of Elisa Citterio, 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 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, Houston’s Ars Lyrica, 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 Sunday afternoon 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 Elisa Citterio (NY debut)
Wonders of Baroque Italy
December 19—Ars Lyrica Houston (NY debut)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Early Music & Early Film
February 27—Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
The Musical Legacy of Charles V: The Spanish-Flemish Connection
May 8—Blue Heron
Divine Songs: Ockeghem@600
All concerts become available online a week after the live performance, along with a live virtual Q&A.
Save the dates! Subscriptions become available on August 1 and single tickets on September 7.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.