Emma Kirkby Opens Boston Early Music Festival

Classic Arts News   Emma Kirkby Opens Boston Early Music Festival
The Boston Early Music Festival opens today with a performance by soprano Emma Kirkby and Fretwork, an English viol consort.

The program includes songs for voice and viols by William Byrd, Tobias Hume, and John Dowland.

The BEMF season runs through mid-May, and includes performances by the Venice Baroque Orchestra (performing the recently discovered work Andromeda liberata, which may be by Antonio Vivaldi), the Tallis Scholars, the Ensemble Caprice, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Jan Kobow, the Hilliard Ensemble, Tragicomedia, and the Akademie f‹r Alte Musik Berlin. Performances take place in venues in the Boston area.

In the summer of 2005, the thirteenth annual Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition will present Johann Mattheson's 18th-century opera Boris Goudenow.

The Boston Early Music Festival was founded in 1980, and is dedicated to concerts of early music performed with historically appropriate instruments.

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