Early Music at Saint James

Introducing our 2021 - 2022 Season!

About Early Music at Saint James

Early Music at Saint James was the vision of founder and Director Emerita Kathleen Spencer. Now, more than 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.

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Adults: $25
Students & Children: $10
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Thursday, November 4, 7:30 PM | Available online and in person

The Baltimore Consort

The Food of Love: Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare

The Baltimore Consort, the “rambunctious sextet” (Washington Post), known for their lively renditions of Renaissance tunes, presents music of the Elizabethan era with songs and consort music from Shakespeare plays. Ethereal soprano Danielle Svonavec performs some of the greatest hits from the Bard's songbook including It Was a Lover and His Lass, Where the Bee Sucks and Full Fathom Five and The Willow Song,  and the BC instrumentalists play sparkling arrangements of dances and consort music with their exquisite consort of instruments—lute, cittern, viols and flute.

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Friday, February 25, 2022; 7:30 PM | Available online and in person

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

The Musical Legacy of Charles V: The Spanish-Flemish Connection

Few monarchs of the Renaissance can rival the impact Charles V had on the musical arts. His traveling musical establishment was sumptuous, replete with some of the most notable composers of the day, and his support of music and the arts in general was incomparable. This concert will be a cornucopia of some of the greatest composers and works that owe a debt either directly or indirectly to Charles V’s exemplary patronage of the musical arts from this fabled time.

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Thursday May 26, 2022; 7:30 PM | Available online and in person

Les Canards Chantants

1.500 Surround Sound

Founded in England in 2011, Les Canards Chantants (the singing ducks) is a vocal octet now based in Philadelphia and known for their elegant vocalism (Philadelphia Inquirer), finely tuned vocals, robust singing and sense of adventure (Broad Street Review). Come experience the acoustical architecture and grand polychoral style of the 1500s in lavish works by Victoria, Lassus, Gabrieli and more in a program that exploits the drama of sound!

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Thursday, November 4, 7:30 PM | Available online and in person

L to R: Mindy Rosenfeld, Danielle Svonavec, Larry Lipkis,Ronn McFarlane,Mary Anne Ballard,Mark Cudek

The Baltimore Consort

The Food of Love: Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare

The Baltimore Consort, the "rambunctious sextet" (Washington Post), known for their lively renditions of Renaissance tunes, presents music of the Elizabethan era with songs and consort music from the Shakespeare plays. Ethereal soprano Danielle Svonavec performs some of the greatest hits from the Bard's songbook including It Was a Lover and his Lass, Where the Bee Sucks and Full Fathom Five along with the BC instrumentalists playing sparkling arrangements of dances with their "exquisite consort" of instruments—lute, cittern, viols and flute.

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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

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