Hands-On Early Music With Amherst Early Music Festival



Classical New England ventures to New London, Connecticut, for the Amherst Early Music Festival, where professionals, students, and enthusiasts cross boundaries to experience music of the Baroque and Renaissance. 

To hear the program, click on "Listen" above.

The annual Amherst Early Music Festival is the cornerstone activity of Amherst Early Music, which also presents workshops in Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate New York.

During the two-week festival, students and enthusiasts are invited to participate in workshops, masterclasses, and performances with eminent early music performers and scholars, and to enjoy concerts given by those professsionals at the Cummings Arts Center at Connecticut College.  The theme of the 2011 festival, held in July, was Music of Spain and Italy and featured the Flanders Recorder Quartet, harpsichordist Peter Sykes, soprano Julianne Baird, viol soloist Sarah Cunningham, and many others.

The 2011 festival also featured a fully staged production of Alessandro Scarlatti's opera, La Principessa Fedele, directed by Drew Minter with dance choreography by Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, costumes by Ronnie Snader, and texts by Lawrence Rosenwald.

Connecticut College (photo by Vickers and Bleecher, courtesy Connecticut College)

Connecticut College is in New London, Connecticut, and offers comfortable accomodations.  Area attractions include Mystic Seaport, the U.S. Navy New London Submarine base, the Nautilus Memorial and Museum, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

For scenes from the Amherst Early Music Festival, view the slideshow below, and for more information about the festival, visit Amherst Early Music.


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