Boston Early Music Festival Announces 2006-07 Season

Classic Arts News   Boston Early Music Festival Announces 2006-07 Season
The Boston Early Music Festival's 2006-07 concert season will include performances by Ton Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Tallis Scholars and a North American premiere by Pergolesi, the organization announced.

As previously reported, BEMF's will present the North American premiere of Lully's Psych_ in summer 2007 as part of its biennial Festival and Exhibition. The production will be based on a new edition of the opera by musicologist John Powell. French theater director Gilbert Blin, who staged the festival's production of Lully's Th_s_e in 2001, will direct; BEMF artistic directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs will oversee the music.

The 2006-07 concert season runs from November to May at various venues in Cambridge and Boston. It opens with a performance by the Flanders Recorder Quartet with soprano Susan Hamilton on November 4. The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, making its BEMF debut, follows on December 8.

On January 26, recorder player Matthias Maute and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenout give a joint recital; on February 16, Andrea Marcon's Venice Baroque Orchestra appears with violinist Giuliano Carmegnola.

The Tallis Scholars, who are regular BEMF performers, return on March 24; the vocal group Trio Mediæval performs 13th- and 14th-century music on March 30.

The season ends on May 18 with the North American premiere of Pergolesi's 1732 Marian Vespers, performed by the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus. The performance marks the beginning of the 2007 Festival and Exhibition.

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