TENET, under the artistic direction of soprano Jolle Greenleaf, has announced their fourth New York season featuring four programs highlighting the music of Claudio Monteverdi and other masters of early music. Tickets for most TENET performances are available online (http://www.tenetnyc.com/) or by calling Showclix at (888) 71-TICKETS (888-718-4253).
The season opens on Saturday, November 3 at 7 pm at Columbia University’s Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York) with Book 8: Claudio Monteverdi’s Madrigals of Love and War. The concert, which features works drawn from Monteverdi’s monumental collection of Madrigals known informally as Book 8, and published as Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Madrigals of War and Love) in 1638, will include: “Lamento della Ninfa,” “Altri canti di Marte,” “Ardo e scoprir,” and “Hor che’l ciel e la terra”.
For this performance, TENET will be joined by acclaimed violinist, conductor, and music director of Blue Heron, Scott Metcalfe, along with performers drawn from TENET’s roster including artistic director Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos; Jason McStoots, Aaron Sheehan, Sumner Thompson, tenors; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Hank Heijink and Daniel Swenberg, theorbos; Avi Stein harpsichord; and very special guest Robert Mealy, violin.
TENET celebrates the holiday season with Starry Night: Christmas with TENET on Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm, at St. Ignatius of Antioch (552 West End Avenue at 87th Street, New York). The concert will be repeated on Tuesday, December 18 at 6 pm, at St. Paul’s Church (209 Broadway, New York). The program takes its theme from Van Gogh’s immortal painting “The Starry Night (De sterrennacht)” and includes a selection of Dutch carols and songs. Artists include Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos, Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano; Philip Anderson, tenor; Charles Wesley Evans, baritone; and Hank Heijink, lute.
In January, the Green Mountain Project: Vespers of 1610 returns in its original form for two performances at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 West 46th Street) on Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3, 2013, 7:30pm as part of Trinity Wall Street’s new Twelfth Night Festival of Early Music. When the Green Mountain Project made a triumphant entry onto the New York early music scene in January 2010 with Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, James Oestreich of The New York Times wrote “Quite simply terrific... The main choristers all had soloist-quality voices and ample opportunities to display them in music that is devilishly demanding in its ornamental intricacy.” The concert was also named one of the Top Ten Classical Music Events of the Year by New York Magazine, and repeated in January 2011. In 2012, TENET’s Green Mountain Project recreated a Vespers of 1640, drawing music drawn from Claudio Monteverdi’s monumental collection Selva Morale e Spirituale, plus works by Giovanni Gabrieli honoring the 400th anniversary of his death, plus other 17th century Italian composers.
Co-directed by Scott Metcalfe and Jolle Greenleaf, the Green Mountain Project features almost 30 musicians including Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos; Luthien Brackett and Virginia Warnken, altos; Zachary Wilder, Jason McStoots, Sumner Thompson, Aaron Sheehan, tenors; Mischa Bouvier, Jesse Blumberg, Steven Hrycelak, and Thomas McCarger, Kurt-Owen Richards, basses; Scott Metcalfe and Julie Andrijeski, violins; Daniel Elyar and Dongmyung Ahn, violas; Emily Walhout, bass violin; Anne Trout, violone; Kiri Tollaksen and Alex Opsahl, cornetti; Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz, and Mack Ramsey, sackbuts; Hank Heijink and Daniel Swenberg, theorbos; and Avi Stein, organ.
TENET is also proud to expand and continue TENEbrae, its newest annual tradition produced in collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street (Broadway at Wall Street, New York). For 2013, TENEbrae will feature a series of six Lenten evenings highlighting six major works by renaissance and baroque composers, and featuring members of TENET and the Trinity Choir, led by Julian Wachner, director of Music and the Arts for Trinity Wall Street. Performances commence on Sunday, February 17 and conclude on Wednesday, March 27, as follows:
Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 5 pm, Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street, New York)
Julian Wachner, conductor; Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos; Luthien Brackett, alto; Steven Soph, tenor; Steven Hrycelak, bass; Robert Mealy and Daniel Lee, violins; Lisa Terry, Larry Lipnik and Motomi Igarashi, viola da gambas and continuo; Hank Heijink, archlute; Avi Stein, organ.