New Period-Instrument Orchestra Debuts at New York's Town Hall (With Free Seating in Balcony)

Classic Arts News   New Period-Instrument Orchestra Debuts at New York's Town Hall (With Free Seating in Balcony)
New York has been a famously difficult place for a period-instrument orchestra to get and remain solidly established. A new ensemble is giving the city a try: Sinfonia New York gives its very first performance tonight at Town Hall in midtown Manhattan, with an all-Haydn program including the Symphony No. 6 ("Le Matin") and the "Harmoniemesse."

Conducting will be John Scott, the director of music at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and formerly music director at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Joining the Sinfonia for the Mass will be the famous St. Thomas Choir of men and boys, along with soloists Laura Heimes, Margaret Bragle, Bryan Register and Craig Phillips.

Sinfonia New York was created by two longtime mainstays of the city's longtime period-instrument activity: Christine Gummere, a cellist, and Sandra Miller, the doyenne of the Baroque flute in the U.S. Their plan is for the Sinfonia to be run cooperatively by its musicians, along the lines of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Great Britain (and, for that matter, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics).

The inaugural concert of Sinfonia New York, conducted by John Scott, begins at 8 p.m. this evening at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Tickets, priced at $35, $25 and $10, are available from Ticketmaster (, 1-212-840-2824). Balcony seats are available for free; to reserve, call Gotham Early Music Scene at 1-212-866-0468. More information is available at

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