Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts 2020

All concerts at 7:30 in Evans Hall, located in the Cummings Arts Center, unless noted. Join us for pre-concert madrigals in the courtyard and post-concert receptions. All concerts are free for Festival participants. Order your tickets online here!

The Festival Concert Series is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Tuesday, July 7
Venus' Garland: Music of Schuetz and Gabrieli
New World Recorders and Parthenia

Thursday, July 9
Amherst Baroque Soloists
Dazzling virtuostic Baroque music with the Baroque Academy Faculty.

Friday, July 10, at 8:00 p.m.
Baroque Opera US Premiere: Dafne by Reutter
Inspired by Ovid's literary classic, The Metamorphoses, the opera recounts the myth of the nymph Daphne, her desperate flight from a lust-maddened Apollo, and her magical transformation. Composed by Giorgio Reutter in 1734, fully staged and costumed with Baroque orchestra. Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, directors; Oliver Camacho, staging; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar Mainz, historical dance.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 10, 11, 12
Music & Instrument Exhibition 
(in Crozier-Williams Student Center, free)
Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations. Friday, July 10 from 5:30 to 6:30, Saturday July 11, and Sunday July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 am FREE in Harkness Chapel
Choral Workshop with orchestra Bach and Telemann

Saturday, July 11
A Tapestry of Early Music
A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.

Sunday, July 12, 3:00 p.m. FREE
Xavier Diaz Latorre
lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar

Thursday, July 16
Pilgrim's Progress

Seven Times Salt with Michael Barrett
Mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing with music of the Elizabethan tavern and theater, spirited catches by Thomas Ravenscroft, selections from the Dutch ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, stirring psalms from the Ainsworth Psalter, and vigorous tunes from Playford’s English Dancing Master, all interspersed with fictitious "diary entries" read aloud in Original Pronunciation..

Friday, July 17
The World of Ludwig Senfl

Faculty recorder, viol, vocal, and loud ensembles perform works by Ludwig Senfl (1486-1543), court composer for the Emperor Maximilian, and student of Heinrich Isaac. From elaborate canons and quodlibets to masses, motets, and vespers, we'll explore secular and sacred music by this eclectic composer, and his contemporaries. 

Saturday, July 18
A Second Tapestry of Early Music
A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.