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tuesday, march 13 - 7:30pm
poetry of kings and prophets: psalms from spain's golden age and beyond
madison avenue presbyterian church - 921 madison avenue, nyc
voices of ascension - Dennis keene, artistic director
From Voices of Ascension: Voices of Ascension presents a program anchored by Spanish Renaissance masters Cristobal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, Roque Ceruti, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Domenico Scarlatti, and George Frideric Handel's Joseph and His Brethren.
thursday, march 15 - 7:30pm (reception at 6:30)
artemisia: light and shadow - exclusive sneak peek
house concert - upper west side nyc
with gwendolyn toth, harpsichord - artistic director of artek
From ARTEK: ARTEK has been hard at work on our latest theatrical venture: a dramatic show on the life and loves of 17th-century Italian baroque female painter Artemisia Gentileschi, with 17th-century arias by Francesco Cavalli (from the opera Artemisia) and cantatas and arias by the female baroque composer Barbara Strozzi. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c.1656) is now considered one of the most famous painters of the generation following Caravaggio. She was the first woman to be accepted as a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence, Italy. She is particularly famous for her painting of Judith Slaying Holofernes (pictured above). Soprano Sarah Chalfy performs the role of Artemisia. The show will premiere on May 15, 2018 at the Flea Theater in Tribeca, with subsequent performances on May 17, 19, and 20. Tickets will be available starting in April at the Flea Theater website.
Come get a taste of our show, and hear Sarah Chalfy sing the beautiful music chosen by director Gwendolyn Toth with excerpts from the libretto written by Nahma Sandrow at a house concert on the Upper West Side. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres begin at 6:30 with the performance taking place at 7:30. Admission is by donation ($100 minimum) and seating is extremely limited. To reserve a place, email director Gwendolyn Toth at email@example.com, or call (212) 967-9157 (please be sure to leave a voice message to receive a callback).
sunday, april 20 - 4:00 pm
with the choir of the church of corpus christi
james bassi, music director
presented by music before 1800
From Music Before 1800:
Tomás Luis de Victoria and the Spanish Golden Age
To complement Stile Antico’s concert, the Choir of Corpus Christi Church forgoes the solemnity of Holy Week to perform Victoria’s Missa O magnum mysterium and works by Guerrero and Morales from other feasts of the Church Year. Spain’s Golden Age, marked by overseas conquest and the accumulation of riches, was also an age of musical flowering—with Victoria at its center.
3:15 p.m. pre-concert conversation with James Bassi, conductor/composer; and Thomas Baker, singer/historian, in the auditorium
Post-concert wine-and-cheese reception in the auditorium
“The Choir of Corpus Christi Church has a non-homogenized sound, with particularly vivid colors in the tenors and sopranos. They sang with clear articulation and refined dynamics—they made the interior details easy to hear and enhanced the variety of the composers.” —New York Classical Review
MAY 15, 17, 19, 20 2018 - 7:30 pm
LIGHT AND SHADOW: ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI
THE FLEA THEATER - 20 thomas street, tribeca nyc
From ARTEK: In development now: a brand new theatrical show from ARTEK celebrating the renowned artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most colorful and talented artists of the Italian baroque era, with works now in major museums. Artemisia Gentileschi's life was more dramatic than an Italian opera: trained in art by her father, raped by another artist as a teenager, she became the lover of a Florentine nobleman and a painter at the English royal courts...Artemesia's dramatic depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes has become one of the icons of baroque art. Renowned opera librettist and theater playwright Nahma Sandrow is creating the scenario. Singer/actress Sarah Chalfy will interpret the role of Artemisia and sing selections from the great opera repertory of mid-17th-century Rome and Venice. Stay tuned for updates throughout the season and exact dates and times of performances.
I'm really excited for this one! A Baroque cabaret/one-woman show!
Tickets available in April at the Flea's website -- stay tuned!
11/18 2017 - NYC
lasciatemi morire: beyond monteverdi
with artek early music ensemble
the flea theater | 20 thomas street, nyc
PERFORMANCES AT 5PM AND 9PM
From ARTEK: Back by popular demand - ARTEK reprises its madcap theatrical take on Monteverdi's famous lament "Lasciatemi morire" from the lost opera Arianna with our fabulous madrigal singers (Laurie Heimes, Barbara Hollinshead, Ryland Angel, Philip Anderson, and Peter Becker) and the magnificent Queen Ariadne herself (Sarah Chalfy). The show was a total hit last spring. Don't miss this second chance to hear beautiful madrigals, haunting solos, and the enchanting story of Ariadne. The show will be performed as a one-act cabaret set without intermission, approximately 75 minutes. Complimentary wine will be served.
11/6 2017 - NYC
ascension sings for caribbean aid
ascension parish hall | 12 west 11th st, nyc
suggested donation: $35 at the door - donations in any amount accepted
Cash and checks accepted at the door – no credit cards at this venue.
For credit card donations go to
Join me and my friends from Church of the Ascension and Voices of Ascension as we sing a benefit concert to raise money for aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which are still in a state of crisis after the recent hurricanes. It will be an evening of glorious music, with refreshments and good cheer, and the proceeds will all go to Episcopal Relief, doing the good work to help get our fellow humans through a truly devastating crisis. The suggested donation is $35, but any amount is welcome. See you there!
9/30 2017 - nyc
love.sex.death: a cabaret @ cornelia street cafe
saturday 9/30 at 6pm | 26 cornelia street, NYC
WITH PEIHARN CHEN, PIANO
7/16 2017 - thessaloniki, greece
requiem for fossil fuels - by bruce odland/Sam auinger
details to come
6/2 2017 - NYC
Lassus: Prophetiae Sibyllarum
with members of Artek - gwendolyn toth, director
Immanuel Lutheran Church - 122 e 88th street @ lexington ave
Friday, June 2nd @ 7pm
4/10 2017 - boston
manuel cardoso: missa pro defunctis
with vox ensemble - george steele, director
and new york polyphony
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston, MA
3/30-4/1 2017 - NYC
lasciatemi morire: beyond monteverdi
Thursday 3/30-Saturday 4/1 @ 7:30 pm, sunday 4/2 @ 4:00 pm
café d'artek @ the Hall of st. michael's church
225 w 99th street (bway/amsterdam), nyc
2/14 2017 - nyc
Tuesday, 2/14 @ 7PM
Let's talk about LOVE, baby! Join me for a cabaret program of songs about Love, in all its forms -- the good, the bad, and the ugly! There will be wine and snacks -- and best of all, we should be done before 8:30, so plenty of time to make that overpriced prix-fixe dinner at that schmancy restaurant that you booked for you and your Tinder date!
12 W 11TH ST, NYC -- PARISH HALL OF THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION
$20 suggested donation at the door
November is schubert time in sarahland!
wednesday november 9 at 7pm
schubert songs | with gwendolyn toth, fortepiano
college of mt. st vincent | president's reception room
admission by donation - suggested donation $20 ($15 students/seniors)
from ARTEK's website:
Schubert's beautiful lieder, or German language songs, will be sung by the outstanding soprano Sarah Chalfy. Ms. Chalfy is an active performer on a variety of musical stages, from Off-Broadway theatres to classical music concert halls, to cabaret and rock venues. Some of the venues she has performed in include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Knitting Factory, Galapagos, Don’t Tell Mama, and beyond.
Her magical ability to evoke the emotional drama of poetry in any style is perfect for the poems of Goethe and Schiller that Schubert set as songs with piano accompaniment.
Ms. Chalfy will be accompanied by Gwendolyn Toth, Mount Saint Vincent Choral Director, on the fortepiano - a historical copy of the piano that Schubert knew, and very different from a modern piano.
The program will last approximately fifty minutes without intermission.
CLICK HERE for ARTEK's website
friday, november 18 at 8 pm
music of schubert and spohr
with nina stern, clarinet, and gwendolyn toth, fortepiano
Immanuel lutheran church | 122 east 88th street @ lexington avenue
tickets: $40 | $20 students/seniors | available at gotham early music scene (gems): click here
From ARTEK's website:
Early romantic period songs and chamber music, including Spohr's rarely heard song cycle for soprano, clarinet, and piano, and Schubert's effervescent "Shepherd on the Rock."
Artists: Sarah Chalfy, soprano
Nina Stern, clarinet
Gwendolyn Toth, fortepiano
Ms. Toth will perform on her antique 1780s fortepiano attributed to Karl Benedict.
CLICK HERE for ARTEK's website