April 30, 2015
Bloomington, Ind. -- This Memorial Day weekend, get ready… get set… to celebrate the sounds of the Bloomington Early Music Festival!
The series includes a FREE offering of six concerts by local, regional, and national artists who'll join together to perform music from the Renaissance to the late Baroque. A unique instrument ‘petting zoo’ will be organized at the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market – a perfect opportunity for the entire family to touch and try out exact replicas of instruments that are hundreds of years old.
The festival is a joint effort between Bloomington Early Music, a not-for-profit that nurtures the growth of early music performance in the region throughout the year, and the IU Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute, Project Jumpstart, and the IU student organization Gamma Ut.
“This year, we are excited to celebrate and honor Stanley Ritchie, the organization’s founder, who turned 80 just a few weeks ago,” said Leela Breithaupt, a board member of Bloomington Early Music, who performs with the legendary Baroque violinist. To mark Ritchie’s birthday, the festival will feature a number of students and alumni of the Jacobs School, whose careers in the field continue to be profoundly impacted by his guidance.
FREE EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
- Thursday, May 21, 7pm | Rachael’s Café
Pre-Festival Concert: HPI goes POP!
Pop music in early music style, directed by Brady Lanier
- Friday, May 22, 7pm | Monroe County Court House Rotunda
Opening Festival Concert: The Forgotten Clefs ensemble, directed by Charles Wines
A concert including dulcians (Renaissance bassoons), shawms (Renaissance oboes), sackbuts (trombones), recorders, small percussion instruments, and bagpipes.
- Saturday, May 23, 10am-1pm | Bloomington City Hall Atrium
Instrument Petting Zoo and Pop-Up Performances in Early Music
Performed by members of Gamma Ut and curated by Devon Nelson
- Saturday, May 23, 2pm | First Presbyterian Church
Martin Davids and Antonin Stahley, violins
L’abbe le fils duets
- Saturday, May 23, 7pm | First Presbyterian Church
Chantons, Chantons! A Lully Jubilee
Directed by Reynaldo Patino, Stage Directed by Christina Lynch
- Sunday, May 24, 2pm | Auer Hall
Remembering Washington McClain and Honoring Michael McCraw
A concert of works by Georg Philipp Telemann
Eva Legêne, recorder; Kathryn Montoya, oboe; Keith Collins, bassoon; Corey Jamason, harpsichord
- Sunday, May 24, 8pm | Auer Hall
An Evening in Celebration of Stanley Ritchie
A concert of chamber music and light orchestral works performed by Jacobs School faculty, alumni and friends.
- Website (blemf.org)
- Facebook (www.facebook.com/blemf)