Richard Wagner was a big fan of the Middle Ages.  Almost all of his operas are based on medieval legends or history.  He wrote operas about two medieval composers--Tannhäuser and Hans Sachs--and referred to others in his works.

On Friday, May 5th, the musicians of Collectio Musicorum will present a concert of music associated with Wagner's operas.  You will hear music by Tannhäuser, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Walther von der Vogelweide, Hans Sachs, and others. We will perform the original Flying Dutchman ballad and the ballad that gave Wagner the idea for an opera on the Tannhäuser legend, as well as music from the time of Rienzi and pieces from the monastery that inspired Parsifal.  

The concert will be held at Christ and St. Stephen's Church,  122 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023, at 8 PM.  Admission is free. 

We will repeat the program at a free fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival on Friday, June 16th, at noon.  It will take place at the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116.

Celebrating Shakespeare

Music from Shakespeare’s Time
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Collectio Musicorum is presenting a concert featuring music from his plays and from his time.  Included will be works by Thomas Morley, Robert Johnson, and Nicholas Lanier.  Admission is free.
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8 PM

The musicians of Collectio Musicorum will perform a free concert of music from medieval Germany on Friday, April 15th at 8 PM at Christ and St. Stephen's Church.

Featured will be music by several Minnersinger, including songs by the historical Tannhaueser, as well as the ballad on which Richard Wagner based his opera.  Also on the program will be music by the German nun and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, the Austrian composer known only as The Monk of Salzburg, the composer/writer/politician Oswald von Wolkenstein, and selections from the Carmina Burana manuscript.

The poems from the 13th century manuscript Carmina Burana are best known from Carl Orff's 20th century cantata.  We will perform several selections from this collection, including some that were later set to music by Orff.  The finale of the program will be the expansive sequence"Olim Sudor Herculis," a remarkably complex piece of music telling of the labors of Hercules.

The church is located at 120 West 69th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.  It is just a few blocks from the 72nd Street subway station on the B, C, 1, 2, or 3 trains.   The concert is free.

Join us for a concert of choral music by some of the city's best vocal artists.  The Festival Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Dailey, will give a free concert on Sunday, April 3rd at 7 PM at Christ and St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street.  Featured on the program are pieces by the Renaissance composers Matteus Pipelare and Josquin des Prez, along with selections from The Martyr of Antioch by Arthur Sullivan and choral works by Ronald Cross and Arnold Rosner.  Music by Pipelare is rarely heard today, and he will be represented on the program by his majestic "St. John Credo," an elaborate contrapunctal masterpiece.

Music of Medieval Spain

Join the musicians of Collectio Musicorum for a concert of the Music of Medieval Spain.  It will take place at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, just south of Union Square.  Admission is free.  It starts at 8 PM.

The concert will feature music from across the Iberian peninsula.  On the program are selections from several important manuscripts--the Llibre Vermell, the Las Huelgas Codex, and the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  Also included will be music by King Denis of Portugal and the Cantigas d'Amigo of Martim Codax, a cycle of songs about love and the sea.  It will also be a rare opportunity to hear Mozarabic chant performed live.

Performers include singers Patrick Fennig, Martin Coyle, and Richard Lippold, accompanied by artistic director Jeff Dailey,

The Center for Remembering and Sharing is accessible to the N, R, Q, 4, 5, 6 trains.  For a map, go to and scroll down.

This concert is part of the NEW YORK EARLY MUSIC CELEBRATION 2015: El Nuevo Mundo,
a Service Project of the EARLY MUSIC FOUNDATION.  For details, go to
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The musicians of Collectio will be performing an exciting program of early polyphonic music on Friday, April 10th, at 8 PM.  It will take place at Christ and St. Stephen's Church--122 West 69th Street.  For directions, look at the church's website--
Admission is free.

Polyphony--the combining of multiple musical lines--has been called the major contribution of western culture to music.  While its origins are shouded in mystery, it can be traced back to the early middle ages.  Our concert will present pieces that are often mentioned in textbooks, but rarely performed.  Among the pieces featured will be pieces by Leoninus and Chypre, instrumental dances from England, motets from the Bamberg Codex, and a complete performance of the Tournai Mass--the earliest surviving polyphonic setting of the ordinary.

Henry VIII is remembered today because of his string of wives.  But he was also a musician, composer, and music lover.  We are presenting a concert of music by the king and by those around him.  It will take place on Friday, September 5th at 8 PM at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, located at 123 Fourth Avenue in Manhattan, between 12th and 13th Streets, just south of Union Square.  The center is located on the second floor--ring the bell and walk up.  The concert is free.

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