Indianapolis Early Music (IEM) is America’s oldest continuous presenter of Early Music. Originally known by its corporate name of Festival Music Society, it was established in 1966. Contributing to the arts and culture available in Indianapolis, IEM has been the setting for North American premieres of important music works. Famed harpsichordist Igor Kipnis performed the cycle of seven Bach Partitas in Indianapolis before making his Grammy-nominated recordings of them for Angel Record. The recordings carry a credit to IEM’s parent, the Festival Music Society. In addition, IEM has introduced a series of exceptionally gifted young artists who have gone on to successful professional careers. It has a long association with National Public Radio and broadcasts selections from IEM concerts on its program Performance Today as well as Harmonia.
June 22, 7:30 PM: Ronn McFarlane’s crossover band Ayreheart with guest soprano, Sarah Pillow. Location: Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis
June 23, 11:00 AM: Free family concert for children from toddler age through third or fourth grade. Free. Location: Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis
June 24, 4:00 PM: Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare presents “Sara and her Sisters”. Chamber music by J.S. Bach from the collections of three Jewish sisters who defied boundaries of class, religion, and gender expectations to become cultural tastemakers in 1780’s in Berlin. Location: Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street Indianapolis
June 29, 7:30 PM: Alkemie presents “Love to My Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France”. This group offers spirited performances of medieval music grounded in historical performances practice and fed by the love of experimentation. Location: 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis
July 1, 4:00 PM: Ronn McFarlane and Paul O’Dette play Lute duets. Two all-star veterans of the lute, an instrument once popular in aristocratic circles of Elizabethan society, show off the virtuosity of English and Italian composers of the time. Location: Indiana History Center 450 W. Ohio Street Indianapolis.
July 13, 7:30 PM: Ensemble Caprice, directed by Matthias Maute. Chaconne: Voices of Eternity. Know for their innovative spirit, this Montreal orchestra does several tours every year in Quebec, Canada, USA, Europe and Asia. Location: 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis
pictured: Ronn McFarlane and Paul O’Dette