Previous programs


The Musical Lust-Garten

July 9, 2013 7:30PM Madison Early Music Festival: Mosse Humanities Building, Madison, WI

Inspired by Johann Rudolph Ahle’s “Neu-gepflanzte Thüringische Lust-Garten,” Dark Horse Consort presents a musical assortment of the great secular and sacred works from early 17th-century Germany and Austria, including music by Heinrich Schütz, Samuel Scheidt and Johann Schein. It is in the works of these composers that we begin to see the legacy that will be handed down to J.S. Bach.


The Grand Tour

September 17, 2013 7:30PM Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

September 18, 2013 8:00PM Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Go after-hours gallery-hopping in the reinstalled New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800, for an unprecedented encounter with music and art. Experience four different concerts in four different galleries by some of the world’s leading Renaissance and Baroque musicians, including Tenet, Dark Horse, QuickSilver, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour. The music illuminates the paintings (and vice versa) in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, revealing the magic and power of these galleries in a wholly unique way.


Bach Vespers

November 24, 2013 6:00PM Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston

A program of music by Bach and his predecessors, including J. S. Bach’s triumphant Cantata 51 and works by Johann Rosenmüller and Heinrich Schütz.


Praetorius: In Dulci Jubilo

December 14, 2013 7:00PM Park Avenue Christian Church, New York

December 20, 2013 7:30PM St. James by-the-Sea, San Diego

December 21, 2013 7:30PM St, John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Los Angeles

Dark Horse celebrates the holiday season in a bicoastal collaboration with TENET and Bach Collegium San Diego.  The three acclaimed ensembles join together to create a joyful noise performing works by Michael Praetorius and his contemporaries including “In dulci jubilo,” “Vom himmel hoch,” “Puer natus in Bethlehem,” and many more.


Tower Music of the Stadtpfeifer

June 18, 2014 2:00PM St. Malachy’s Church, New York – as part of the Early Music Festival New York City, 2014

The members of the German municipal band, or Stadtpfeifer, were responsible for accompanying all major civic events and for keeping the hours by playing sonatas and incidental music from the tower in the city center. Though also adept at string instruments, the Stadtpfeifer played mostly wind instruments, which were considered to deliver the most noble and pleasing sound. This concert will show the glories of baroque music for brass instruments, including dance music by organists Samuel Scheidt and Andreas Hammerschmidt, sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller and Daniel Speer and tower music by Johann Pezel and Gottfried Reiche.

For more information about this and other concerts on the Early Music Festival: New York City series please refer to the festival website at


The (Un)Broken Consort: The Marriage of Voice and Brass in 17th c. Germany – as part of the San Francisco Early Music Society series

-special guest vocalists: Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn

February 20, 2015 8:00PM First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, CA

February 21, 2015 7:30 PM St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, CA

February 22, 2015 4:00 PM St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA

With their unparalleled ability to match vocal timbres and articulation, brass instruments were often used to support choral ensembles in the 16th and 17th centuries to create a richer and more vibrant aural effect.  German composers of this time, with their seemingly unending ingenuity, developed the vocal concerto to be both a solo vocal work accompanied by instruments and a unified ensemble piece, equally balanced and nuanced between voices and instruments. This program includes pieces by the famous trilogy, Schütz, Schein and Scheidt as well as works by composers that they influenced, Vierdanck and Rosenmüller.


The Requiem Mass of Pedro de Escobar – as part of the Rose Ensemble Concert Series

February 26, 2015 7:00PM Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth, MN

February 27, 2015 8:00PM Church of St. Bernard, St. Paul, MN

February 28, 2015 8:00PM The Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN

A new manuscript transcription from Madrid paves the way for The Rose Ensemble’s modern-day, North-American premiere of this monumental work by Escobar, an important figure at the court of Isabella I of Castille.

At the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival

Monteverdi’s Orfeo

June 13, 2015 8PM New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

June 21, 2015 3PM Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

Widely regarded as the first great opera, Monteverdi’s Orfeo features one of opera’s most adored stories, in which the heroic Orfeo suffers the tragic death of his beloved Euridice, and travels to the underworld to plead for her return. Breathtaking in its beauty and variety, this masterpiece defined an art form still in its infancy, with rich instrumental colors, dramatic word painting, and a virtuosic opulence of tone and texture. Experience this magical musical entertainment, an exquisite encore presentation of the November 2012 BEMF Chamber Opera Series production.

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble with Dark Horse Consort – Inventions of Delight: Dance music from the courts of the early 17th century

June 13, 2015 11PM New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

The virtuoso instrumentalists of the BEMF Chamber Ensemble and Dark Horse Consort—led by BEMF Orchestra Director Robert Mealy—are joined by a quartet of dancers from the BEMF Dance Ensemble in a celebration of the courtly delights of the 1620s. The festivities include music of Praetorius, Scheidt, Schein, and the English masquing composers in a tapestry of spectacular voltas, passamezzi, and galliards. This popular and final late-night concert of the Festival promises a joyous celebration not to be missed!

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

June 11, 2015 8PM New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

June 20, 2015 8PM Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

At the time Monteverdi’s monumental setting of the Vespers was written, it was perhaps the most audacious and ambitious musical work Europe had ever produced and would help to usher the transition from the Renaissance and into the Baroque. It remains a revered masterwork for its sublime eloquence as Monteverdi builds upon centuries of tradition with bold and glorious new inventions. BEMF Artistic Co-Director Stephen Stubbs will conduct this magnificent work highlighting an unparalleled roster of singers and instrumentalists drawn from the Festival Week’s opera productions. Joining the acclaimed members of the BEMF Chamber Ensemble—with concertmaster Robert Mealy.


The Sound of St. Mark’s

November 14, 2015 8PM – Synod Hall, Pittsburgh, PA – Renaissance and Baroque Society

Rising out of the Mediterranean Sea, nestled next to the Ducal Palace of Venice, lies the glistening St. Mark’s Basilica. During the time of Giovanni Gabrieli and his colleagues, music making in the basilica was renowned throughout Europe. The sound of dazzling balconies to the amazement of all who heard them. Featured will be the brilliant and resounding multiple choir canzoni by Gabrieli and Giovanni Picchi and the stunningly virtuosic sonatas by Dario Castello.


Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity

December 13, 2015 5PM – The Evangelical Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity, New York, NY

Come enjoy the Christmas season with the glorious German Lutheran Christmas hymns set by Michael Praetorius and the Heinrich Schütz’s Magnificat.


Cantores y ministriles: Music in Seville in the Golden Age – with Blue Heron

April 2, 2016 Boston, MA 8:00PM- First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA

April 3, 2016 New York, NY 4:00PM – Music Before 1800, Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St. NY, NY

The vocal ensemble Blue Heron and the wind band Dark Horse Consort offer a vibrant selection of music from wealthy 16th-century Seville. Profound sacred works, cheerful dances, and secular songs by the city’s finest composers—Francisco de Peñalosa, Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, and Alonso Lobo—spring to life from the hands and throats of the combined groups.


The Voice of God and of Men – with Catacoustic

April 10, 2016 3PM – Old St. Mary’s, 123 East 13th St., Cincinnati, OH

The lush, dulcet tones of early trombones and vocal viols will calm your soul in this special collaboration.


Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity

April 17, 2016 5PM – The Evangelical Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity, New York, NY *There is a preconcert lecture starting at 3:45.

Celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata BWV 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden and the Surrexit pastor bonus by Jieronymous Praetorius.


Stile antico, Stile moderno

April 22, 2016 8:00PM Bloomfield Hills, MI – Academy of Early Music

April 23, 2016 8:00PM Ann Arbor, MI – Academy of Early Music

Composition in Italy at the turn of the 17th century was in the midst of a vast upheaval that would forever change the sound of music. The older style of equal voiced polyphonic writing (stile antico) was quickly being usurped by the newer and more virtuosic style that emphasized distinct melody lines accompanied by bass continuo (stile moderno). This program features madrigals, ricercars and canzoni of Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli and Giaches de Wert as well as virtuosic early baroque sonatas and canzoni of Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Picchi and Giovanni Battista Riccio.


Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

April 24, 2016 3:00PM Detroit, MI – Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Come hear Claudio Monteverdi’s liturgical masterpiece in a sacred context with the Audivi Vocem chamber choir.


The Green Mountain Project: Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 – with TENET

December 2, 2016 7:30PM – Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E. 76th St., New York, NY

December 3, 2016 7:30PM – Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E. 76th St., New York, NY

“A treasured staple in New York” (The New York Times), TENET’s all-star cast will present Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under conductor and music director Scott Metcalfe and with Dark Horse Consort in a historically informed approach and appropriate chants. Performance lasts approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.
TENET will make available a significant number of free tickets in the weeks leading up to the concert.


A Grand Tour for Christmas – presented by Seicento Baroque

December 9, 2016 7:30PM – St. Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Church, 1600 Grand St., Denver, CO


Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem: Christmas Music of Praetorius – with Seicento Baroque

December 10, 2016 7:30PM – First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO

December 11, 2016 3PM – Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1535 Logan St., Denver, CO

Traditional carols with historical brass instruments including sackbuts and cornettos.


La Nochebuena – with Piffaro

December 16, 2016 7:30PM – Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

December 17, 2016 7:30PM – Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

December 18, 2016 3:30PM – Immanuel Church Highlands, Wilmington, DE

Dark Horse will join forces with Piffaro in a program of spirited early 17th century of villancicos, motets and dances from Spain and the Americas for the Christmas season.



Monteverdi’s Orfeo – with Pacific MusicWorks

October 27, 2017 Portland, OR 7:30PM

October 28, 2017 Seattle, WA 8:00PM – St. James Cathedral

October 29, 2017 Vancouver, BC 3:00PM – Chan Center for the Performing Arts


A Grand Tour for Christmas – The Arizona Early Music Society

December 3, 2017 Tucson, AZ

At one time it was fashionable for educated and aristocratic people to visit the various cultural centers of Europe in what was know as the Grand Tour. In their travels the tourists would be exposed to the monuments of classical antiquity and its rebirth in the Renaissance.  In this program the early brass members of Dark Horse Consort will wend their way through jaunty Spanish Christmas villancicos and serenely austere Flemish motets, ending the program with German 17th century carols that are still familiar to our modern ears.  Come hear late Renaissance and early Baroque music for the Christmas season on the instruments that would have played them originally.

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 – with Voices of Ascension

February 22, 2018 New York, NY 8:00PM – Church of the Ascension

The towering masterpiece of the late Renaissance-early Baroque, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was the most ambitious work of sacred music until Bach’s great oratorios more than a century later. It expresses the pageantry of grand Venetian style and the intimacy of solo serenade in a striking assimilation of both old and new styles. This creates an astonishing variety of “modern” music superimposed upon an old-style cantus firmus technique. The two styles are reconciled with breathtaking beauty, and the technique allows Monteverdi to build an enormous structure that surpasses anything his contemporaries were able to achieve. No other surviving work from the time is written on such a scale. The forces alone were unheard of in its day: strings, recorders, dulcian, cornetti, sackbuts, theorbos, harpsichord, organ, two choirs and many vocal soloists, including tenors “echoing” from a remote stairwell.