The Early Music Guild of Seattle presents the brilliance and diversity of music from medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods by presenting outstanding early music performances, expanding the community of people who love early music, and fostering the next generation of musicians and audience for early music.
Early Music Guild (EMG) is Seattle’s largest presenter of early music and related educational programs. Its mainstage events include the International Series and Seattle Baroque Orchestra at Town Hall with occasional performances at St. James Cathedral and other venues.
EMG was formed in 1977 as a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote early music in Seattle. Focus¬ing on historically informed performances of music from the medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods, EMG presents concert series by both internationally known and local artists, sponsors educational activities, and provides support services to Seattle’s performers.
The International Series brings the finest early music performers from all over the world to Seattle. Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, The English Concert, Tafelmusik, Jordi Savall, Andrew Manze, The King’s Singers, and the Tallis Scholars are just a few of the artists who have made the Inter¬national Series one of Seattle’s best-loved chamber music series over its 39-year history.
For the 2015-2016 season we are pleased to announce an ensemble new to Seattle, Bach Collegium Japan, the return of past favorites Hespèrion XXI (Spain), Stile Antico (UK) and Piffaro (Philadelphia), and the second Northwest Baroque Masterworks collaboration (Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Portland) presenting the Praetorius Christmas Vespers.
Early Music Guild is honored to welcome Alexander Weimann as the new Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. We thank our musicians, board members, funders, and you, our audience, for your input and support over our two-year search process. The 2015-16 season is the first under the direction of Mr. Weimann in concerts he programmed especially for the Seattle Baroque Orchestra.
Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO) was founded in 1994 by violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, and it quickly established itself as one of the most vibrant of the American early music ensembles. The Orchestra has appeared across North America from California to Vermont, been featured extensively on National Public Radio, and garnered rave reviews for its six recordings, while winning loyal fans in Seattle for the excitement and intimacy of their live performances.
EMG frequently partners with local venues and artists to program innovative and multidisciplinary projects, including the presentation of fully staged Baroque operas, educational workshops, and contemporary choreography to medieval and Renaissance music. Artistic partners have been UW World Series, ACT, Seattle Theatre Group, Spectrum Dance Company, and Seattle Early Dance, among many others. The last two years have seen a fruitful collaboration with Early Music Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.’s Early Music of the Islands to create large-scale works performed in Seattle, Portland, Victoria, and Vancouver, B.C. Productions to date have included Handel’s Theodora and the Christmas Vespers by Praetorius.