The Early Music Guild (EMG) is an incredibly appropriate name for this Seattle-based collective. As of July 2010, EMG welcomed the Seattle Baroque Orchestra into its fold as part of a merger that builds upon its shared history as affiliated programs and its shared venue, Town Hall Seattle.
EMG continues to present music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century on period instruments, now with pooled financial resources and an expanded concert season of 12 programs. Distinctive performances include a fully staged Baroque opera and early music masterpieces like Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
In addition to powerhouse works and performances which feature the Seattle Baroque Orchestra alongside highly venerated and beloved international artists such as Anonymous 4, cellist Jaap ter Linden, and gambist Paolo Pandolfo, EMG presents several other engaging and accessible concert series. These include the “Early Music Discovery” concerts—hour-long performances for all ages, “First Tuesdays” at Trinity Parish Church, and “Early Music Fridays” at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, which typically featuring many local early music professionals and specialists.
Worth mentioning is EMG’s Community Collegia, comprised of various ensembles open to Seattle community members. EMG strives to make Seattle not only a bastion for the performance of early music in the United States, but also a place where early music is an integrated part of academic and community learning. For music lovers who wish to delve deeper, the EMG YouTube channel, and EMG’s blog, entitled Early Edition, are highly recommended.
Early Music Guild Information
- Other venues: St. James Cathedral, 804 8th Ave.; The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; Trinity Parish Church, 609 8th Ave.; Northland Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave., Kirkland
- Public Transportation: For Seattle Town Hall, very good (Several bus lines are within a 5-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: International Series, 5 programs, 6 performances; Seattle Baroque Orchestra, 5 performances, Baroque Opera, 2 programs, 6 performances; Plain & Easie concert; additional non-subscription series include First Tuesdays, 8 performances, and Early Music Fridays, 7 performances
- Ticket Prices:Depending on the concert series, general ticket prices range from $10 to $90; senior tickets from $5 to $85; student prices at $15 for most performances; partially obstructed seats at Town Hall Seattle discounted at $25.
- Subscriptions: The Complete Works (all 12 performances) range from $205 to $455; International Series & Baroque Opera from $120 to $260 (Int’l Series without Baroque Opera from $50 to $170); Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO)& Baroque Opera from $120 to 260 (SBO series without Baroque Opera from $50-170; Seattle Baroque Orchestra Pick 3 prices range from $30 to $105.