Early Music at Saint James

2019-2020 Season

About Early Music at Saint James

Early Music at Saint James was the vision of founder and Director Emerita Kathleen Spencer. Now, over ten years after its inception, Early Music at Saint James is a sought-after venue in the world of historic performance practice. Each season, concerts of music composed before 1800 are presented in the acoustically rich sanctuary of Saint James Church. The performances of primarily Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music are played on faithful reproductions of period instruments. The series offers a venue for small and/or emerging ensembles as well as established artists, presenting a rich repertoire of music not generally available to the Lancaster community.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Adults: $25
Students & Children: $10
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Friday, September 27, 7:30 PM

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

With its aria and thirty variations, Bach’s unparalleled masterpiece of counterpoint is an icon of Western music here performed by an internationally acclaimed harpsichordist.

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Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Monday, November 4, 7:30 PM

The Philadelphia Baroque Consort

with guests Jessica Beebe, soprano & Simon Maurer, baroque violin

Affetti Musicali – Passionate and Dramatic Music from Baroque Italy

In his Affetti musicali (1617), Biagio Marini suggests that instrumental music can express emotions just as well as vocal music. A dramatic program of Marini’s instrumental works, soprano arias of his contemporary Monteverdi, cantatas, a sonata and a concerto by Vivaldi will render a verdict!

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Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Rebecca Harris, baroque violin; Vivian B. Dozor, baroque cello; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Jessica Beebe, soprano; Simon Maurer, baroque violin

Sunday, March 29, 4:00 PM

La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

With guest Paul Miller, viola d’amore & violin

Resonances: The Art of the Violas d’Amore and Gamba

Rainer Beckmann, recorders
Donna Fournier, viola da gamba
Marcia Kravis, harpsichord
Paul Miller, violin & viola d’amore

German chamber works by Buxtehude, Telemann, Bach, Abel, and the rarely heard Galanteries by Götz and Fuchs, showcase the rich resonances of the baroque string and recorder families.

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La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

Paul Miller, viola d’amore & violin

Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM

Nota Bene Viol Consort

with guest Jason McStoots, tenor

Ayres in All the Colors

Viola da gamba players Joanna Blendulf, Wendy Gillespie, Sarah Mead and Emily Walhout, with tenor Jason McStoots, present a glittering palette of European music spanning five centuries—sound and text evoke a vast range of colors and moods.

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Nota Bene Viol Consort

Jason McStoots, tenor