Diverse Performances Before & During Memorial Day Weekend
The 2017 Bloomington Early Music Festival, in collaboration with the Historical Performance Institute and Gamma Ut at IU, will present a variety of exciting solo, ensemble and guest concerts in beautiful community locations. This year, the Festival plans to honor professor Wendy Gillespie in her retirement from the IU Jacobs School of Music after many years of extraordinary leadership, teaching, and mentorship.
We’re also thrilled to announce that Ingrid Matthews (violin), Byron Schenkman (harpsichord), and Colin St. Martin (flute) will be featured in two events, including the final Festival Orchestra concert.
All members of the Bloomington community and surrounding region are invited to attend the ten events planned, free of charge!
FREE EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO...
Curtis Pavey: Harpsichord Works of Scarlatti and Frescobaldi Wed, May 24, 7pm | Wylie House Museum (307 E. 2nd St.) A concert by one of IU's emerging virtuosos, performing works by two of the most inspired and revered keyboard composers of the early Baroque: Domenico Scarlatti and Girolamo Frescobaldi.
HPI Goes POP! Thu, May 25, 7pm | Serendipity Martini Bar (201 S College Ave) A light-hearted program featuring beloved pop and rock songs from the past four decades, re-imagined for early music instruments. A program conceived and led by Brady Lanier.
A Reception in Celebration of WFIU-Harmonia's 25th Anniversary Fri, May 26, 6pm | Monroe County Court House Rotunda (100 W. Kirkwood Ave) Produced and broadcast from WFIU since 1991, Harmonia is currently in syndication across the country. Angela Mariani continues to host this popular early music radio program and podcast. Light refreshments will be provided.
L'Amour au mois de mai: French Love Songs in the Month of May Fri, May 26, 7pm | Monroe County Court House Rotunda (100 W. Kirkwood Ave) A Medieval and Renaissance concert featuring singers Gregorio Taniguchi, David Rugger, Michael Walker, and Kathryn Summersett, with members of the Forgotten Clefs - a Renaissance Wind Band.
Instrument Petting Zoo and Pop-Up Performances Sat, May 27, 10am-1pm | Bloomington City Hall Atrium (401 N Morton St) Performed by members of Gamma Ut and curated by Eric Fisher Please Note that the Bloomington QUARRY MORRIS DANCERS will perform on the Plaza in front of the City Hall at 10:30am
Bloomington Baroque: Works by J.S. Bach Sat, May 27, 2pm | First Presbyterian Church (221 E Sixth St) Ingrid Matthews (violin), Colin St. Martin (flute), Shelley Taylor (cello), and Byron Schenkman (harpsichord) present a concert of solo, sonatas, and trios.
A Wendy Gillespie Celebration! Sat, May 27, 7pm | Auer Concert Hall (Second Floor, Simon Music Center) An evening in celebration of the inspiring career of Wendy Gillespie, with performances by alumni, guests, and current students.
Duo Park-Kim: Works by Schubert and Mozart Sun, May 28, 2pm | St. Thomas Church (3800 E Third Street) An program of works by two of the most loved composers of the Classical period, performed by Jessica Park (violin), and Ji-Young Kim (fortepiano).
Festival Orchestra Sun, May 28, 7pm | Auer Concert Hall A grand finale, featuring soloists Ingrid Matthews, Byron Schenkman, Colin St. Martin, Leela Breithaupt (flute), and Nigel North (lute).. The program will include Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, a concerto for two flutes by Telemann, and works by Purcell, Camilla de Rossi and Dall’Abacco.
All performances at the Bloomington Early Music Festival are offered free this year.