I went on Saturday to hear My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort do music of Ferrabosco & Jones, circa 1607, a intimately focused concert creating a persuasive soundworld with plucked strings (lutes and a bit of cittern), viola da gamba, and voices. Thus the concert season was launched for me. There’s a lot coming up the next week or so: first, the Gotham Early Music Scene’s Fall showcase, the GEMS Project, with drinks-&-dinner concerts this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street. It’s a lot of Baroque but with a twist or two among the three bands each night. I expect to go on Friday to hear my friends in Ensemble Viscera do jacaras (also Bach and dance from the other groups), but Thursday’s Catalan ensaladas and Wednesday’s music from the Russian imperial court both sound particularly intriguing.
Then my main chorus, the Renaissance Street Singers, or some of us, perform at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday, having promised to avoid raunchy material. Our repertory focuses largely on Jesus, saints, and psalms, and we’re further protected by singing entirely in Latin, so we probably won’t offend the delicate ears of youth. RSS has its regular meeting on Sunday, dunno where yet, which means I won’t get to hear Dialogos in the Music Before 1800 series at Corpus Christi. It sounds particularly mysterious and intriguing, music somehow associated with a medieval murder. “The oldest extant European polyphony,” they say, circa 1000. And I see the Cappella Romana and Anonymous 4 concerts in the MB1800 series are already selling well. C. R. has been strongly recommended to me; I’d better figure out if I can go on November 15, and buy a damn ticket. (I saw Ruth Cunningham of A4 on Saturday and she said she was enjoying a brief lull before a furious fall of touring with the group.)
And next week, the EMA Unicorn Prize competition concert on Wednesday. Three young bands battle for the prize! It’s bound to be fun.