"Highly original" – The New York Times          "A pleasing symmetry...A dramatic intensity" – The New York Times          "Impeccably curated" – Time Out New York          "Highly original...seductive" – The New York Times          "One of the most consistently innovative and rewarding series in town" – Ariama                "Productions that have rapidly become a favorite destination of New York’s early music crowd"  – MusicWeb International                   "this bold, enterprising series, which hosts first-rate performances of underexposed music in historically resonant settings" –Time Out NY          "Terrific performances in an atmospheric venue, small enough to feel you are part of a salon concert at a private home: what more can you ask of an evening’s entertainment?" – Seen and Heard International          "A pleasingly mathematical elegance in a swift-moving performance, without overstatement or extraneity" – Billevesées           "We've said it before and we'll say it again. Jessica Gould, Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, has some of the most original programming around town and has expanded our musical taste in exciting new directions."––Voce di Meche

Friday, May 20th 8:00pm

The Bernie Wohl Center, Goddard Riverside Community Center
647 Columbus Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets

The Western Wind performs a concert of music from the earliest days of the United States. Works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), Elkanah Kelsey Dare (1782-1826), and Matilda T. Durham (1815-1901), along with Shaker hymns, part songs, proto-spirituals both Black and White attest to the vital hold that biblical Liberation imagery held over the early American consciousness. 


Come hear the surprisingly complex musical landscape that emerged from an embryonic nation, born from dreams of freedom and the labor of slaves.


Tuesday, May 24th 7:00pm

The Bernie Wohl Center
Goddard Riverside Community Center
647 Columbus Avenue between 91st and 92nd Street

Does "Early Music" refer only to Europe?

 

Our New York season comes to a close with music from the beginning. Don't miss this very special evening, co-presented by our friends at Goddard Riverside, the Bernie Wohl Center and Afro Roots Tuesdays.

 

The chants and dances of Western Africa pre-date by centuries any music that we currently refer to as "early.” Come hear some of the oldest music known to us today – music that survived a harrowing ocean journey, centuries in the shadows of the Land of the Free, and which continues to pulse through the amplified soundscape of modern popular song.

 

Acclaimed Liberian soprano Dawn Padmore, scholar & drummer Anicet Munundu, and kora master Yacouba Sissoko are joined by Afro Roots Artistic Director, percussion virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Nathaniel in a thrilling performance of traditional Western African music from the areas that we now know of as Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.


Past Performances This Season
Lecture 9/30 Casa Italiana NYU auditorium

Lute Master Class 10/3 Casa Italiana NYU auditorium

Concert 10/11 The Fabbri Library

Exhibition 9/30 – 10/9 Casa Italiana NYU
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate and Pope Francis' visit to the United States, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts explores the cross-fertilization of Jewish and Catholic musical cultures that enriched the music of both Synagogue and Sanctuary.

Please join us for a rich schedule of events featuring discussion, education, and performance with guest artists and educators from Italy, Croatia, and Israel.

From Ghetto to Cappella is co-produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, with assistance from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York, and originated with support from the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.
Wednesday, September 30th 6:15pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò
24 West 12th Street

Lecture: Cracks in the Walls

Pier Gabriele Mancuso, Director of the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe of the Medici Archive Research Project of Florence, Italy.


Free Admission, Season Opener Reception to Follow


Dr. Mancuso discusses the historical and sociological background of the world's first ghetto, constructed in Venice in 1516, how this new physical segregation was traversed by numerous exchanges and cross-religious interactions, and compelling musical developments within both Jewish and Catholic sacred repertoire that developed from the fascination of one religious culture with the Other.




Sunday, October 11th 4:00pm
The Fabbri Library of the House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street

Concert: From Ghetto to Cappella
Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contralto
Diego Cantalupi, theorbo
James Waldo, viola da gamba
Pedro d'Aquino, harpsichord and organ

While the Inquisition raged throughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were more porous than impenetrable. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we explore the cross-fertilization of Jewish and Catholic musical cultures that enriched the music of both synagogue and sanctuary.

Works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and unaccompanied Hebrew chants attest to a lively conversation, as do selections from the 1759 Hebrew libretto of Handel's Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer's death.

The exquisite 1607 library of the Fabbri Mansion, transported from Urbania, Italy exactly a century ago, sets the stage for an international ensemble who come together to perform a unique program of unexamined treasures.


This concert is sold out.
Saturday, October 3rd 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò Auditorium
24 West 12th Street

Diego Cantalupi 
Public Master Class in Lute, Theorbo and Baroque Guitar

Master continuo player, Artistic Director of L'Aura Soave Cremona, and faculty member of the Conservatorio di Bari, lutenist Diego Cantalupi guides four musicians in Baroque repertoire for plucked strings.


Photography Exhibition: Immagini Musicali

Photographs of Salon/Sanctuary's concerts of Italian repertoire will be on exhibition in the lower gallery of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò from September 30th to October 12th. All purchases of framed prints support Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Saturday, November 28th 8:00pm
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St.

Monica Huggett, violin
Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord
with James Waldo, cello
The Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Orchestra

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Suite for solo cello in G Major, BWV 1007
Sonata in A major for Obbligato Harpsichord and Violin in A major, BWV 1015

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

 

Harpsichord D minor Concerto, BWV 1052

Violin Concerto  A minor, BWV 1041


Masterpieces of JS Bach performed in the elegant mirrored hall of the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium. Wine and cheese reception to follow.




Hopkinson Smith, Lute

Thursday, December 10th 8:00pm
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

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A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

John Dowland, though also a sprightly and humorous composer, is most famous for the darker side of his character and the pervading melancholy that nourished his unquiet soul. But he was in no way the inventor of highly charged melodic poignancy in solo lute music. 


Two important composers of the generation of English lutenists that preceded him clearly show signs of great invention including moments of tormented yearnings which led to music of extraordinary depth. John Johnson (died in 1594) and Anthony Holborne (died in 1602) were the most prominent lutenists to remain in England during the Elizabethan period (Dowland spent many years on the Continent). Their œuvre contains rhapsodic Pavans of lyrical intensity and richness of harmony, spirited Galliards, striking character pieces and elaborate variations. They were both virtuosos if the highest calibre as the daring of their diminution techniques attests. 


This program will highlight theirs and Dowland’s works in an evening of masterpieces from the 1580s and 90s.


Wine and cheese reception to follow.


Sculptor, architect, painter, playwright, and impresario, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) was the greatest genius of his age and the reigning visionary of baroque Rome. The creator of intensely dramatic and deeply sensual marble narratives carved with a stupefying virtuosity, his architectural projects came to define his city at the zenith of papal supremacy.

 

As Counter-Reformation Rome yielded to the France of the Sun King, one world power slowly ceded to another, and Bernini was summoned to Paris to improve the Louvre.

 

Bernini’s Gallic sojourn peaked a wave of cultural exchange, in which Italian-born ministers and musicians came to shape the culture of an emerging superpower. These four events explore various facets of Bernini’s Paris, an Italo-Gallic hybrid gem tempered by flattery and flux.

Monday, February 22nd 6:00pm
The Auditorium of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street
Free Admission

Franco Mormando

Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University; B.A., Columbia University

S.T.L., M. Div., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; Biennio di Filosofia, Gregorian University, Rome

 

Cavaliere (Knight) in the Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, awarded by the President 

of the Republic of Italy, October 2005, in recognition of achievement in the promotion of Italian language 

and culture.

Sculptor, architect, painter, playwright, and scenographer, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the last of the universal geniuses of early modern Italy, placed by both contemporaries and posterity in the same exalted company as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Bernini's artistic vision remains palpably present today through the countless statues, fountains, buildings and other works of his design that transformed Rome into the Baroque theater that continues to enthrall in our own time. 

Franco Mormando, author of the first English-language biography of the artist, will give us a guided tour 
of Bernini's long, dramatic life (private and public) and his equally fascinating Rome, with special emphasis 
on his many (and troubled) interactions with the French court.
Thursday, February 25th 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Charles Weaver, theorbo
James Waldo, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord

A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino, was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, yet his many attempts to bring Bernini to Versailles ultimately failed. Although Bernini would ultimately be his successor's prize, he imported innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations.

 

Native sons whom he championed include Luigi Rossi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and Giacomo Carissimi. Their music, mostly Roman, and mostly born of the decadent Barberini papal court, came to transform the music of France. Arias, cantatas, and operas by these Italian composers and more can be found to this day at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, where many treasures of Mazarin’s collection still await a performance in our own time.


A reception follows the concert.


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LeStrange Viols
Thursday, March 3rd 8:00pm
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st St.

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Though often imagined as a primarily English ensemble, the viol consort had a rich history in France as another vehicle for that nation's characteristically colorful and expressive musical imagination. 

Our program will feature some wonderful examples of this gorgeous repertoire, from the intricate song settings for viols by Eustache Du Caurroy and singing polyphony by Etienne Moulinié to the majestic ensemble music of Charpentier and the Italian transplant Giovanni Battista Lulli, otherwise known as Lully. 

Loren Ludwig & John Mark Rozendaal, treble viols

Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viols

Zoe Weiss & Douglas Kelley, bass viols