On October 27th, Dr. Dailey represented Collectio Musicorum at a meeting of early music ensembles sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts.  This day-long session explored ways in which groups can work togetehr, examined common issues, and notified NYSCA about the needs of early music groups in New York.

On Sunday, October 4th at 7 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church there is the opportunity to hear rarely heard music.  The concert will feature music by the baroque composers Gottfried Finger (1655-1730) and C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788), followed by contemporary music by Ronald Cross (1929-2012) and Arnold Rosner (1945-2013), both of whom composed in the forms and tonality of much earlier music. 

Dr. Cross was Professor of Music at Wagner College for over forty years.  Dr. Rosner taught at Wagner in the 1970s, before he left to take a position at Kingsborough Community College.

The performers are Bradley Bosenbeck, violin;  Anand Bhasin, violin; Drew Vella, viola; David West, cello; Sally Shorrock, flute; Tiffany Jordan, cello; and Adam Wiggins, piano. 
The concert will start with Finger’s “Farewell Suite,” written in memory of the composer Henry Purcell.  C.P.E. Bach was Johann Sebastian Bach’s son, and has been overshadowed by his famous father.  However, he was a wonderful composer, and his music is the subject of a recent book by Wagner College professor David Schulenberg. 

Also on the program is Rosner’s String Quartet #5, which was commissioned by Wagner College and premiered there in 1979.  His Sonata for Flute and Cello is also on the program.

Although Ronald Cross was better known as a musicologist, he was also a composer.  On the program are his Trio for flute, cello, and piano based on the medieval motet “Alle, Psalite cum Luya,” his Violin Sonata, and his Variations for String Quartet.

The concert is free.  The church is located at 120 West 69th Street and may be reached by taking the 1, 2, or 3 trains to the 72nd Street station.  

Collectio Musicorum will present a concert in conjuction with the upcoming New York Early Music Celebration 2015--el nuevo mundo.  This festival will run from October 9th through the 18th at venues throughout New York City.  Details may be found at www.NYEMC.org.  Our program will feature medieval music from throughout the Iberian peninsula, including Mozarabic chant, cantigas from various manuscripts, and selections from the Las Huelgas manuscript.  It will take place on Saturday, October 10th at 8 PM at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, which is just south of Union Square.  Admission is free.

Several Deer Park educators – including Dr. Jeff Dailey, the district’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts, as well as teachers Gregory Gullotti, and Gregg Romano performed a free program of early polyphonic music at Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 122 W. 69 Street, New York, New York on Friday, April 10 as part of the Collectio Musicorum ensemble.

Polyphony, the combining of multiple musical lines, can be traced back to the early Middle Ages and has been called the major contribution of Western culture to music. This concert, which also featured musicians Patrick Fennig, Tim Keeler and Richard Lippold, included pieces that are often mentioned in textbooks but rarely performed, such as selections by Leoninus and Chipre, the latter accompanied by a trio of gemshorns; instrumental dances from 13th century England; three “Robin” motets from the Bamberg Codex; and a complete performance of the Tournai Mass, the first complete surviving setting of the mass ordinary.


The musicians of Collectio Musicorum will be giving a fringe concert at the upcoming Boston Early Music Festival.  Come and hear us perform selections from the Italian Trecento on Friday, June 12th at noon at the Goethe-Institut Boston, located at 170 Beacon Street.  Admission is free.

We will be performing works by Francesco Landini, Jacopo da Bologna, Niccolo da Perugia, Franciscus de Cumis, and others.

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