Music Before 1800 presents eight concerts per season from fall through spring, including debut events by performers fresh to New York as well as by more accessible soloists and groups. It is also committed to offering concerts by a number of New York-based and American artists. One concert is given each season by the Choir of Corpus Christi Church, the resident church and chamber choir under the direction of Louise Basbas.
Director Louise Basbas established the concert series in 1974 in order to give New York audiences the opportunity to hear nine centuries of rarely heard medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early classical music performed by the finest artists from the United States and abroad. It has featured performers and ensembles such as Stile Antico, Dialogos, Anonymous 4, Pomerium, Juilliard Baroque and violinist Helene Schmitt. Music Before 1800’s dedication to this repertory provides these specialized artists with opportunities not always available on the conventional concert stage.
The programs are presented Sunday afternoons in the sanctuary of Corpus Christi Church.
Music Before 1800 has hosted student groups from Wagner College, Barnard, Queens College and Juilliard. For reduced admission, the minimum group size is 10. Music Before 1800 has welcomed high school students from High 5 Tickets to the Arts.