Welcome to the 2017-18 Season!

As we launch into another 40 years of enriching Seattle’s artistic culture with world-class early music, Early Music Guild will be changing its name. Beginning in the 2017-18 season, we will become Early Music Seattle. This name reflects our commitment to serving our entire community by providing outstanding early music performances in a spirit of inclusion and artistry relevant to our own time.

Due to the dedication and passion of a small group of musicians four decades ago, Early Music Guild has transformed into an organization that presents the best in early music to more than 5,000 patrons every season, serves 2,400 students in Seattle Public Schools annually, and provides more than 100 amateur musicians with community music training. We have nurtured local organizations that together make Seattle a nationally recognized hub for innovative and excellent early music. Look for our new website to be launched soon. We look forward to seeing you next season!

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COMPLETE SERIES: Join us for all nine concerts
CHOOSE YOUR OWN SERIES: Choose five of your favorites
SUNDAY SERIES: Three popular Sunday matinees at Nordstrom Recital Hall


Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2017.

International Series
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Cantores: Music from Chapel of the Popes in Avignon
Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM
St. James Cathedral

Named for the dissonant gap in musical pitches thought to evoke the devil in the Middle Ages, the French medieval music ensemble Diabolus in Musica takes you back to the 14th century Avignon Papacy, where bold musical innovation arose amidst religious and political turmoil. Travel among the great manuscripts including Philippe De Vitry’s motets that formed the ars nova period. The six male vocalists of Diabolus in Musica will revive your passion for polyphony.
mh1A Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project
Venetian Women: Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Bastyr University Chapel
Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church

Few pieces of music are as instantly recognizable as Vivaldi’s Gloria. But how many people know that it was originally performed entirely by women, including the lower voice parts? Monica Huggett directs the all-female orchestra, soloists, and chorus in this festive presentation of Vivaldi’s most beloved works, Gloria and Magnificat.
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Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Nordstrom Recital Hall

Revel in Rachel Barton Pine’s incomparable mastery of J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied violin works. Fanfare calls her “One of the rare mainstream performers with a total grasp of Baroque style and embellishment”. Pine premiered with the Chicago Symphony at age 10 and has won countless accolades in both modern and baroque violin throughout her 30-year career. Experience Pine’s magnetic artistry and how it illuminates Bach’s sonatas and partitas, the pinnacle of the Baroque period.
The King's SingersThe King’s Singers
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church

Celebrate 50 years of mesmerizing performances and musical diversity by The King’s Singers. Chart a journey through the music that’s defined their career so far and moves on to exciting and unexplored musical worlds. Enjoy anniversary commissions by Bob Chilcott, Alexander L’Estrange, and Nico Muhly alongside Renaissance, folk, and contemporary selections. GOLD50 crowns half a century of dedication to music, and looks ahead with unbridled energy to the next 50 years and beyond.

Carlos NunezJordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI with Carlos Núñez
Celtic Universe
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church

Gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall and Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez celebrate the lively music of Celtic culture. Be transported to the Irish emerald landscapes, smell the sweet flowers of Edinburgh, and dance a jig to these ancient and modern music traditions. Savall and Núñez, together with guitarist Pancho Álvarez, percussionist Xurxo Núñez, harpist Andrew Lawrence-King, and drummer Frank McGuire, present the music of this distinct, exhilarating tradition in the style of classically trained musicians with the charisma of rock stars.

Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Alexander Weimann, Music Director

John LentiForces of Nature
Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Nordstrom Recital Hall

Early music and new music intertwine like never before. Experience Strange Seasons, the world premiere of a concerto for electric theorbo by Seattle-based composer Aaron Grad and performed by John Lenti. Former KING 5 meteorologist Jeff Renner narrates sonnets for each movement inspired by Seattle’s unique weather patterns. Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les éléments conveys the chaos and Creation, and Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Suite des quatre saisons dances through the seasons. Hear our world through the music of yesterday and today.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Nordstrom Recital Hall

Byron Schenkman, harpsichordist and co-founder of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, joins the Orchestra for a program of some of his favorite works. Experience harpsichord concertos by Haydn and Amélie-Julie Candeille in the style of le concert spirituel, an 18th century public concert series in Paris.
Suzie LeBlancThe Fairy Queen
Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Nordstrom Recital Hall

English baroque composer Henry Purcell put his stamp on the musical world with an enduring work inspired by Shakespeare’s tale of love, magic, and fairies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Enriching the Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Festival, Soprano Suzie LeBlanc joins the Orchestra for The Fairy Queen and other English Baroque favorites including Matthew Locke’s The Tempest.
Alexander WeimannThe Splendor of Dresden
Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Nordstrom Recital Hall

18th-century Dresden was home to some of the finest musicians and composers of the Baroque era, including Johann Georg Pisendel, concertmaster of the exquisite Dresden Court Orchestra. Seattle Baroque Orchestra celebrates pieces from his bookshelf, highlighting the flute, oboe, and bassoon with soloists Janet See, Curtis Foster, and Nate Helgeson. Experience the golden age of Baroque music through the wind section.

Performers, dates, ticket prices, and locations are subject to change. We regret we cannot issue refunds or exchanges to single ticket holders. For information about increased accessibility for those physically, aurally, or visually challenged, or for any questions, please call 206-325-7066.

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