Posts Tagged ‘ARTEK’


NYC concerts you don’t want to miss!

October 25, 2013

ARTEK‘s 28th season of New York City concerts is starting right now. The fall concert “Gerusalemme Liberata“, is based on a poem and features ARTEK’s most outstanding singers together with members of ARTEK’s outstanding continuo band. The poem itself, inspired Italian Renaissance and baroque madrigal composers for over 50 years.

 Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8 pm.
Lecture by Dr. Barbara Hanning at 7 pm.

St. Michael’s Church
Amsterdam Avenue at 100th Street, New York City

Tickets: $15-$50
Available in advance through Gotham Early Music Scene, (212) 866-0468, or online at All seating is reserved. Senior and student discounts are available.

turday, October 26, 2013 at 8 PM
Lecture by 7 PM


Spectacular Stradella

April 25, 2013

It was really wonderful to be a part of Stradella’s stunning oratorio “San Giovanni Battista”, presented by ARTEK. The masterpiece was conducted by Gwendolyn Toth and joined by Italian violinist Enrico Gatti. Gwen Toth is always a delight to work for, and Enrico Gatti was excellent.  Thank you all for coming!



San Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella

April 17, 2013

At the end of this week, I will be playing the lead role of St. John the Baptist in Alessandro Stradella’s masterpiece, “San Giovanni Battista”.  This timeless biblical drama of Salome, St. John the Baptist and Herod will be presented by the superb singers and instrumentalists of ARTEK at the Italian Academy of Columbia University in NYC. There are only two performances, so don’t miss them! The tickets are $40 for regular seats and $20 rear seats. ($30 and $10 for students and seniors).  To order click here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8 pm

Lecture at 7 pm by Barbara Hanning (CUNY)

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8 pm

Lecture at 7 pm by Carolyn Gianturco (Univ. di Pisa)


Duet with Drew Minter

February 21, 2012

On February 11th, while performing in Artek’s Rosenmuller Vespers, I had an opportunity sing a great duet, “O Admirabile Commercium” with a wonderful counter tenor Drew Minter.  He has a beautiful voice. Below is a picture of the two of us singing.


ARTEK presents an Interview with RYLAND ANGEL

February 12, 2012

Elizabeth Lesar, of Artek, recently interviewed me.  Here is the interview:

Q – Gwen (Artek Director) mentioned to me that you were really the catalyst for ARTEK’s recording last year of Rosenmueller’s works, which led to these upcoming concerts this Friday and Saturday.  Tell us about what led to your interest in Rosenmueller.

A – I really like German Baroque music. I’ve sung a lot of Bach, and recently I’d put out an album of Buxtehude cantatas with Rick Erickson and the Trinity Bach Players in New York City.  It’s called “Freud und Lust”, after the cantata “Jesu Meine Freud und Lust.”  After doing this, I was researching other projects of German Baroque music, and I found these Rosenmueller cantatas that were really stunning.  I’d recently joined ARTEK and Gwen was interested in performing different programs; I came across these cantatas while researching new recital programs.  So I approached her with the idea and showed her some of the scores.  We then thought it would be nice to make it an ARTEK project, and so Gwen invited Barbara to be part of it, and  also the ARTEK orchestral musicians.  It was great fun performing them in the midtown Concert Series last year.  I was very fortunate to record some of the Rosenmueller cantatas with Gwen and Barbara Hollinshead last summer, and these cantatas will be performed this Friday.

This program of the Rosenmueller Vespers is a great example of what Gwen does. She has put together a wonderful set of music that will appeal to both the seasoned listener and also people who don’t know much about Baroque music.

Rosenmueller, although lesser known than Bach or Buxtehude, has written some fine music. It was wonderful in the rehearsal yesterday when ARTEK as a group was reading through the different movements of the Rosenmueller Vespers, and we were all just so thrilled.  His use of certain harmonies and chord progressions – things which I really hadn’t heard – it’s really fascinating.

I’m not aware if this is the American premiere of the Rosenmueller Vespers, but we’ve done some research and we’ve not come across any other American performances of it.

There are some very scholarly people in ARTEK – Charlie Weaver, Grant Herreid, all these people – for me as a singer and performer, it was wonderful to see and hear this music appeal to everyone there, regardless of whether they were scholarly or not.

Q – When will the Rosenmueller CD be released?

A – I believe very soon.  You have to ask Gwen.  We recorded it at Drew University Concert Hall – it has a beautiful acoustic and not a lot of background noise.

Q – What are some of the differences in approach you’re using if any between your performances in the solo cantatas versus the larger ensemble pieces?

A – Well, the singers of ARTEK are primarly soloists, so that the way we sing in an ensemble is the same way that we sing in solo work.  We have individual voices and interpretations and they all work together with the other singers.  The ensemble pieces on Saturday also include various soloistic moments.  On Friday it’s three cantatas; I find that personally I like to be as much emotionally invested in the ensemble singing as the solo singing.  I have some beautiful little solos on Saturday, too.  In the bigger movements, there are some solo sections.

Q – I’ve been hearing all week about the challenge of singing in Venetian Latin.  What are your feelings about it?

A – Well, Gwen really wants to do things right.  She has a fascination with doing historically informed performances.  We’re doing a style of Latin which quite frankly people aren’t used to hearing.  We simply do the best we can, and obviously we weren’t around at the time, but we look at all the research.

Q – Is there any particular adjustment you’re making in your voice for pitch considerations?

A – As long as the pitch difference isn’t too drastic, it’s just a lot smarter not to think about it.  Well, you have to think about it, but it’s best not to obsess about it.


Winter Minifest

February 9, 2012

,ARTEK, Gwendolyn Toth, director presents:


His personal life was a scandal, yet his music was sublime. Come hear the music of Johann Rosenmüller that continued the glorious tradition of Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Cavalli at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice.

February 10 & 11, 2012 St. Ignatius of Antioch Church 552 West End Avenue,  New York City

PART ONE: Friday, February 10 at 8 pm

Haunting and heartfelt solo cantatas and instrumental music by Rosenmüller, predecessor of Bach at Leipzig! Pre-concert lecture at 7 pm by Sara Ruhle Kyle, concert at 8 pm.

Performers: Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Ryland Angel, countertenor; Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Vita Wallace, violin; Theresa Salomon, viola; Marka Young, violin/viola; Motomi Igarashi, violone; Daniel Swenberg, theorbo; Gwendolyn Toth, director & organ

PART TWO: Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm

A large-scale event: festive and sublime 17th-century Vespers music in the grand Venetian style, as written for St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice! Singers, strings, cornetti, sacbuts, winds, and continuo, with guest artists from Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. Pre-concert lecture at 7pm by Susan Hellauer of Anonymous Four.

Performers: Laurie Heimes, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Ryland Angel, countertenor; Drew Minter, countertenor; Philip Anderson, tenor; Michael Brown, tenor; Charles Weaver, baritone; Peter Becker, bass-baritone; Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Vita Wallace, violin; Theresa Salomon, viola; Marka Young, viola; Motomi Igarashi, violone;Michael Collver, cornetto; James Miller, cornetto; Michael Holmes, sacbut; Erik Schmalz, sacbut; Mack Ramsey, sacbut & cornetto; Joan Kimball, dulcian; Robert Wiemken, dulcian; Christa Patton, harp; Grant Herreid, theorbo; Daniel Swenberg, theorbo; Dongsok Shin, organ; Gwendolyn Toth, director & organ

TICKETS:  $40 regular/$20 rear seating. Students & seniors: $30 regular/$10 rear seating.

To purchase, call GEMS (212) 866-0468 or online at Visit for more information



strings, basso continuo, historical brass and winds. With members of Piffaro , The Renaissance Band.








































Johann Rosenmüller, though born in Germany, worked in Venice as one of the successors of Monteverdi. His vespers music is equally glorious to


Upcoming 2012 Performances

January 26, 2012

I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know of some of the upcoming concerts and performances I have coming up.  Hope you can attend one, some, or all of them. 

February 3rd, Portraits in song, at the Metropolitan Museum singing with  Tenet

February 10thRosenmuller solo cantatas , at  St Ignatius of Antioch, NYC singing with Artek

February 11th, Vespers by Rosenmuller, at St Inatius of Antioch, NYC  singing with Artek

February 24th, Theodora at The University of North Texas with Graeme Jenkins 

February 25th, Theodora at the Dallas Opera once again with Graeme Jenkins 

February 26th, Recital in Worcester, Massachusetts with Chris Shepard 

March 2nd/3rd, Tenebrae in Austin, TX performing with Ensemble VIII

March 9th/10thLa Resurrezione in both Houston and Austin with Ars Lyrica  

March 22ndCarmina Burana  at the Avery Fisher Hall, NYC  signing with the National Chorale 

March 30th, St. John Passion at  St Thomas Church 5th Avenue with John Scott 

March 31stSt John Passion in Houston  and Austin with the Bach Society, Houston 

April 3rd and 6thSt John Passion in Houston and Austin with the Bach Society, Houston