Music from Bach and Before

When a group of friends, including University of Arizona professors James Anthony and John Boe, started organizing concerts by early music specialists on period instruments, they may not have envisioned that thirty-six years later, their efforts would continue to bear fruit in programs by internationally acclaimed artists taking place in Tucson.

We are pleased to continue the tradition and proudly present our 36th concert season:

  • TENET: Uno+One

    November 12, 2017
    Acclaimed NYC ensemble Tenet makes its first Arizona appearance with music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries. Dynamic soprano duo Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn are joined by a superb instrumental ensemble of strings, theorbo, and harpsichord, featuring Robert Mealy, director of Juilliard Historical Performance, on violin.

  • DARK HORSE CONSORT: A Grand Tour for Christmas

    December 3, 2017
    Join this ensemble of early brass instruments on a Grand Tour through Europe at Christmastime: jaunty Spanish villancicos, austere Flemish motets, and still-familiar German carol tunes are among the musical stops on our journey.

  • PENTIMENTI: Voltaire's Candide

    January 27 & 28, 2018
    Presented with the generous support of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and in conjunction with Arizona Opera's "Candide".
    Twice imprisoned, widely traveled, and acquainted with the leading scientific and philosophical minds of his day, Voltaire led as storied a life as the hero of his most popular work, Candide. With music and narration, Pentimenti recounts the story of Voltaire's life with readings from Candide and dramatic vocal and instrumental works from Voltaire's lifetime.

    Pentimenti features Grammy award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan and soprano Kathryn Mueller, accompanied by John Lenti on guitar and theorbo, and Joanna Blendulf on viola da gamba.


    March 4, 2018
    The Flanders Recorder Quartet, a favorite of Tucson audiences, is marking both its 30th anniversary and final year performing, with a new program, "The Final Chapter." In this valedictory program, the quartet delivers their trademark virtuosity in music both new and old. "The Final Chapter" is intended as a great celebration of the recorder, one final burst of colorful fireworks from the masters of this once-forgotten instrument.

  • MUSICA PACIFICA: Dancing in the Isles

    April 8, 2018
    "Dancing in the Isles" presents a merry journey through the Baroque and traditional folk and dance music of Scotland, Ireland and England. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the collision of this rich traditional repertoire with the new Italian and French music made for a fascinating mix of high and low, exotic and local. Composers and audiences began to grow accustomed to a blending of musical styles and idioms from across the British Isles and throughout the European continent.

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Join us as we celebrate our 36th anniversary year!

The Arizona Early Music Society is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation, the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and tax-deductible donations from audience members and local businesses.