ARS at the Boston Early Music Festival

The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) is Back: June 4-11, 2023
Since 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival has established itself as an international leader in the field of Early Music. BEMF presents a wealth of diverse programs and activities, including superb productions of Baroque opera, award-winning recordings, an annual concert season that brings the field’s brightest stars to Boston and New York City, and North America’s leading festival for Early Music. Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Boston Early Music Festival. BEMF is going full-bore with a full week of opera, concerts, and more.

The American Recorder Society’s Recorder Relay will happen again this year at BEMF. This celebration of the recorder community is always replete with terrific performances and a fascinating variety of styles and interpretations. You can see a compilation of past performances here:
If you or anyone you know would like to participate this year, please fill out the application form. Players of all abilities are welcome, so students as well as professionals are welcome (and everyone in between!). In the event that we have more interested performers than time allows, selections will be made with an eye towards programmatic balance, rather than on a first-in basis. However, once the program is set, new applications will not be considered, so apply early!
Completed application forms can be filled out online here. Questions can be directed to Bonnie Kelly at:
The 2023 Recorder Relay will take place on Friday, June 9, from 10am-2pm, in the Guild Room of the Old South Church (645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116), which is located on the 4th floor.  We have access to the other rooms and spaces on the floor for warmup and instrument case storage, etc.
The Recorder Relay is free and open to the general public, but we do suggest a minimum donation of $5.00.  Performers will not be compensated, but it truly is a fun chance to gather as a community and share our collective talents and passions.
We are hoping to record this year's performances and make them available on the ARS website and in the Events playlist on the ARS YouTube channel.  Please indicate if you have any objections to being included in the performance recording on your application.

Following the Relay, there will be a reception and presentation of the ARS Distinguished Achievement Award and Presidential Special Honor Award. Please join us.
Apply online to perform at the Recorder Relay

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