This extraordinary weeklong celebration of Early Music took place from June 11 to 18, 2017. http://www.bemf.org/
As usual, the New England Chapter of the VdGSA participated in several ways. At the BEMF exhibition hall, which was located at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown, VdGS-NE volunteers hosted the VdGSA booth from Wednesday, June 14 through Saturday, June 17. Numerous visitors stopped by the booth to learn more about what we do.
We also offered our version of a viol “petting zoo”, the Gamba Garden, at the Geothe Institute on Saturday, June 17 from 11 am to 2pm. This year we had fewer visitors than usual, but those who came were quite serious about the viol and wanted to try all sizes! Our outreach program for the Boston Community Music School, which we usually offer during the first hour of the Gamba Garden, had to be cancelled due to the fact that the school was involved in some important end-of-year events that day.
Lastly, the VdGS-NE helped VdGSA to host a very successful Gamba Gamut – a showcase of short performances featuring the viol. This concert took place at Gordon Chapel, Old South Church on Friday, June 16 from 9 am to 12 pm. The performances were excellent and really “ran the Gamut” – from a Texas high school viol consort (Aquila di Guerra, directed by Pedro Funes), playing a variety of dances and vocal music on viols – to the West Hempstead Consort (directed by Jay Elfenbein), offering a great variety of compositions, including a wonderful arrangement of a 60s classic, “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix!
For a list of all Viola da Gamba related events at BEMF, please click here: BEMFevents