Monday, December 3, 2012

GEM for Christmas

The Christmas season is here! Let's celebrate with the brilliance of oboes and flutes in Bach's cantata, "Now Come, Savior"! Let's relish in the warmth of strings in Buxtehude's cantata, "The New Born Child." Listen as we raise our voices high with jubilant carols. This will be a concert unlike any other this Christmas!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Calendar update

Our next concert will be Dec. 14, 2012 at 7:30 in the Leak Chapel of West Market Street United Methodist Church. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with baroque oboes and baroque flutes in addition to our usual strings and voices!

And then, something new is happening in 2013! GEM has been invited to participate in Greensboro's Twelfth Night event! We will be garbed in Renaissance costumes to perform on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Elm Street Center. Come enjoy a recreation of the court of Henry VIII with costumes, food, music and dancing!

Our spring concert date has changed to Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30pm.

Please look for our new videos on youtube from our Moravian concert in October!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

GEM Chorus directed by James Bates:

Margie Baker, Tandy Brown, David Clark, William Markham, Joann Martinson, 
Michelle Miller, William Snedden, Laura Worst, Claire Wright

Allison Willet, Andy Bonner, violins
Charlie Rasmussen, cello
Kelly Nivison-Roudabush, flute
James Bates, William Snedden, harpsichord

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moravian Music and More!

Last spring, a very studious girl scout and her mother approached me with an idea. Caroline and Lydian Averitt are Moravian and wanted to start a project in which music by Moravian composers was brought to a larger audience. The idea was that Caroline would research Moravian composers from the Baroque era who had music at the Moravian Music Foundation, located in Winston-Salem, NC. And then Greensboro Early Music could perform the music on original instruments.

So far the plan is coming together splendidly! I was able to visit the foundation and meet it's director, Nola Knouse. Nola was wonderful in leading us through the incredible archives there. We did indeed find 2 pieces to perform on our October concert: a string quintet by Johann Friederick Peter and a string trio by Johann Daniel Grimm. Susan Bates, GEM's harpsichordist extraordinaire, will also perform a prelude for harpsichord by Christian Ignatius Latrobe. 

On October 5 at 7:30, you will get to hear a short lecture by Caroline beforehand, as well as enjoy a reception afterwards. I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Season Schedule

Please put our 2012-2013 concert schedule on your calendar so you don't miss one!

The Moravians come to Greensboro!
Moravian Music and More
October 5, 2012, 7:30pm

GEM Christmas!
December 14, 2012, 7:30pm

Glorious Easter
April 5, 2013, 7:30pm

Friday, April 20, 2012

Our spring concert is tomorrow!

This carol they began that hour, 
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, 
How that life was but a flower  15
  In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, 
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding; 
Sweet lovers love the spring.

Don't forget to come out tomorrow night. There will be a surprise on the program, and I think you'll like it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Concert April 21, 7:30pm

GEM would like to announce our next concert which will be April 21, 2012, 7:30pm at the Leak Chapel in West Market United Methodist Church.

We have a very exciting program that includes solos, duets, trios, instrumental and vocal. You'll get to hear your favorite GEM musicians like Susan Bates and Laura Dawalt, as well as see some new faces.

Please join us for an evening of lovely chamber music from the 17th century!