annual Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF), May 21-31,
is set to grace the state with a spectacular array of concerts,
talks and musical workshops. With a long-standing commitment
to bringing treasures of early music to life on stage at various
locations in Bloomington, this year’s festival will bring an
expansion of operations to Indianapolis and Lafayette.
The festival will feature Handel’s oratorio Solomon, performed by the Lafayette-based Bach Chorale and the BLEMF Orchestra in Lafayette (Thursday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral); Indianapolis (Saturday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center); and Bloomington (Sunday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Auer Hall on the IU campus).
Regional performers will include the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana of Portland, Ore., specialists in music of the Eastern Orthodox traditions. Cappella Romana is set to perform “Music for the Fall of Constantinople” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 21, at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
Other ensembles and soloists for this year include the medieval ensemble Altramar (Texas); Italian Baroque Anaphantasia (Germany and U.S.); lutenist Andrew Maginley (Germany); Renaissance band Ciaramella (Portland, Ore.); Bloomington Baroque, Voiles Egales and other local ensembles performing an English Restoration and a 17th-century German program, a Norwegian folk-dance workshop and special children’s programs. The grand orchestral finale this year is expected to be more spectacular than usual, with concertos and symphonic renditions of a number of beloved works.