Collectio Musicorum has been awarded a grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation to present a performance of Weill's Frauentanz, a work for soprano and chamber ensemble based on medieval texts.  We will include this in an upcoming performance devoted to the Minnesänger, which will also feature a piece by Weill's teacher, Ferruccio Busoni, along with Minnelieder.  Stay tuned for more details.

Support by Politicians

We are happy to announce that several local politicians have written letters of support regarding the grant proposal that we submitted to the Brooklyn Arts Council.  They are, in alphabetical order, Congressman Daniel Donovan, State Senator Martin Golden,  and Assemblymember Pamela Harris. Please join us in thanking them for encouraging the work we do.

In New York:
Concerts at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY 10023 

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8 PM 
Music from Shakespeare’s Time 
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death 

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8 PM 
Le Roman de Fauvel 
A look at corruption in the Middle Ages 

In Boston:
Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert 
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12 noon 
Location TBA 
Wagner’s Early Music 
Early music associated with the operas of Richard Wagner featuring works by Tannhäuser, Hans Sachs, and others 

All Concerts are Free and Open to the Public 

The Dance of Heresy

On February 13th, Dr. Dailey gave a paper at the winter meeting of the American Musicological Society's Greater New York Chapter at Columbia University.  Entitled "The Dance of Heresy--Music for the Female Pope," it shows the relationship between "La Manfredina," a dance in British Museum MS Add. 29987 and Manfreda da Pirovano, who was appointed popess by a religious group called the "Gugliemites," followers of St. Guglielma, whom they believed was the bodily incarnation of the Holy Spirit. Collectio Musicorum performed "La Manfredina" in its concert at the Boston Early Music Festival, and will be performing it again in the future.

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  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.

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