at St. Mary's, Barnstable, MA
The Festival has concluded for this year.
Please come back early in 2015 for a calendar of events
and information on the ensembles who will
be part of the 2015 Festival
Hailed by the New York Times as “Sophisticated and Beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making”, the New York-based Baroque ensemble REBEL (pronounced “Re-BEL”) has earned an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences by their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire.
The REBEL Baroque Orchestra first gained wide recognition for its acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Requiem with Trinity Choir under the direction of Dr. Owen Burdick, broadcast nationally over National Public Radio in September 2001, and for its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and the choral works of Haydn, which had been broadcast live over WQXR-FM in New York City, as well as internationally over the internet.
The 8-CD set of the complete sacred choral works of Haydn was released in 2009 on the Naxos label. REBEL's latest disk, Antonio Vivaldi: Venetian Dreams was released on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label. Recently, REBEL appeared at the prestigious Handel Festpiele Göttingen, and was the ensemble in residence at the Finnish festival ‘Les Lumières’ in Helsinki.
“Sophisticated and Beguiling” —The New York Times
“...utterly fearless, risk-everything playing to the mix...and you get astonishingly vital music-making” —The Los Angeles Times
“vital....dashing...with performances that lacked nothing in inwardness, charm, or brilliance, as required” —The Boston Globe
“...a welcome sense of style and vibrant interpretations” —The Washington Post
Over the last ten years, Cappella Clausura has performed an ever-widening repertoire for enthusiastic audiences in concert halls, churches and academic settings. This repertoire includes music by medieval composers Hildegard von Bingen, Kassia, and the anonymous Trobairitz/Trouvères (troubadours); Renaissance composers Vittoria Aleotti and Sulpitia Cesis; Baroque composers named above as well Isabella Leonarda, Barbara Strozzi and Elizaberth Jacquet de la Guerre; Classical composers Mariana von Martines (whom we have dubbed “the female Mozart”); Romantic composer-performers Clara Wieck Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel; and the 20th-21st century’s Rebecca Clarke, Erna Woll, Patricia Van Ness, Abbie Betinis, Sinta Wuller, Emma Lou Diemer, and Hilary Tann.
Program highlights through the years have included our acclaimed production of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, which we consider the first opera by a woman composer; Passionately UnConventional: works by women of the Italian Baroque; and A Renaissance Christmas Pageant with music spanning four centuries, ornamented by modern dance and puppetry.
Upcoming highlights of the 2013-14 season are the March release of our premier recording of the complete Ghirlanda di Madrigali, eighteen madrigals by the Renaissance teenaged prodigy Vittoria Aleotti; the October 5-6 program Rebecca Clarke and her Circle:Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Palestrina, which includes Clarke’s complete a cappella output in the context of music by her colleagues and influences; and Illuminations, a performance-installation piece featuring a day in the life of a 16th century Belgian convent, its music, food, costumes, scribes, and its recently discovered illuminated ceremonial antiphonal.
“Nothing short of exquisite” -Boston Musical Intelligencer
Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times). He can be heard on TENET's recent CD “A Feast for the Senses” and on Green Mountain Project’s live recording of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Mr. Heijink holds a performance degree from The Hague’s Royal Conservatory (the Netherlands), as well as a degree in computer science, and a PhD in social sciences. When not playing lute, he writes software for the iPhone.
Hailed as a “golden soprano” and called “a major force in the New York early music-scene” by the New York Times, Jolle Greenleaf is one of the leading voices in the field. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her performances have earned raves from the Oregonian, “[Greenleaf] sang with purity an beguiling naturalness,” and the New York Times, who called her “An exciting soprano soloist… beautifully accurate and stylish…” Highlights for the 2013-2014 season include performances at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, Gordon University, and for the prestigious Festival Casals Puerto Rico. As artistic director of TENET, Ms. Greenleaf creates diverse programs, directs and sings in performances of repertoire spanning the middle ages to the present day. This season, TENET is scheduled to offer over 20 performances. TENET’s programming has been lauded by The New York Times as “smart, varied and not entirely early.”
“An exciting soprano soloist… beautifully accurate and stylish…”
—New York Times
“Soulful, elegantly wrought interpretations” —New York Times
"Engaging and delightful"—allmusic.com
New York Bach Artists is New York City's newest professional ensemble dedicated to spirited, elegant, and accessible performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. An ensemble flexible in size and broad in repertoire, NYBA strives to bring Bach's music to a variety of audiences, from schools and churches to concert halls and private residences.
Douglas Keilitz is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Barnstable, Massachusetts. For ten years prior to his appointment on Cape Cod, he was Organist and Choirmaster at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Mr. Keilitz is active as a recitalist, performing concerts in many of New York’s landmark churches, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Mary the Virgin, the Church of the Transfiguration, and St. Paul’s Chapel. Quoting the Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO newsletter after a performance in Allentown, Pennsylvania: “Douglas Keilitz amazed the listeners with a breathtaking performance of the (Bach) Pièce d’Orgue“...and “His playing was outstanding...“
He has performed in master classes with renowned organists Marie-Claire Alain (filmed by the American Guild of Organists as part of its “Masters Series” DVD collection), Olivier Latry, James David Christie, Charles Callahan, and Martin Jean. An experienced choral director, he has founded several community choruses and is a former director of the Greater Trenton Choral Society. He is also active as an accompanist and vocal coach, and serves in that capacity for several community choruses and synagogues.
Mr. Keilitz is a member of the Executive Board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, previously holding the position of Registrar, and currently serving as Archivist. An elected member of the St. Wilfrid Club (New York City’s organists ‘society’), he is also a member of the Anglican Association of Musicians, the Royal College of Organists, and the Gregorian Society.
In addition to his musical career, Mr. Keilitz is also active as a pipe organ builder, restorer, technician, and curator. He is skilled at cabinet and furniture-grade woodworking, is fond of all things nautical, and enjoys his automobiles and motorcycles..
"Douglas Keilitz amazed the listeners with a breathtaking performance of the (Bach) Pièce d’Orgue...His playing was outstanding." —Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO newsletter
Several renowned performing artists and ensembles bring their talents to Barnstable for two weeks in July 2015. The Cape Cod Early Music Festival offers professional performances of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods in an intimate and air-conditioned setting. Enjoy a stroll through the church's English-style gardens, and then attend a concert performed by some of the finest musicians on the Early Music scene.
The Italian Muse
Music by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi and Geminiani
John Moran, cello & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord
CCEMF Bach's Lunch
Sandwich, fruit, desert, snack, and bottled water for $10. Served on the patio (weather permitting) overlooking the gardens.
Virtuosic music by Telemann, Leclair, Barbella and Mozart
Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins
(members of REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music)
Barocco: Musical Treasures of the 17th & 18th Centuries
Music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli, Leclair, Goldberg and Boyce
Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins;
John Moran, cello & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord
If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree
A journey through the churches and courts of Europe in a dialogue of lute and voice, featuring some of the greatest Renaissance and Baroque composers from the 16th to 18th centuries including Alonso Mudarra, John Dowland, Henry Purcell, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
A Garland of Madrigals
Sensuous love songs by Renaissance teenager Vittoria Aleotti and madrigals by the young John Dowland and Italy’s very bad boy, Carlo Gesualdo.
Selections from the “Musikalisches Opfer” (“The Musical Offering”), along with sonatas, trios, and solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach.Jorge Avila,violin; Eliot Bailen, cello; Susan Rotholz, flute; & Douglas Keilitz, harpsichord
Baroque in Barnstable
Organ works of Nicolaus Bruhns, Georg Böhm, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Johann Sebastian Bach played on the Karl Wilhelm organ at St. Mary’s Church.
All Tickets: $20; All seven performances: $125
Advance purchase tickets are available by emailing
or calling 508-362-3977 ext 15
Remaining tickets will also be available at the door
beginning one-half hour prior to
the start of each performance.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.
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