Rochester Early Music Festival

The Rochester Early Music Festival celebrates Rochester and Western New York's richly varied culture of Early Music performance and scholarship. Now in its 18th year, the REMF brings together soloists and ensembles playing music of the Medieval period through the Baroque. Seven days of exciting events will be spread over two long weekends (Nov. 9-11 and 15-18).  The REMF strives to bring this glorious repertoire to a broad audience, available for nominal ticket prices or a free-will offering. Many of the performances this year will be held at the Historic Calvary St. Andrew’s church, a beautiful and acoustically wonderful performance space located at 68 Ashland St. (Map, on the corner of Averill) On street parking is often available, and there is ample parking nearby at the corner of South Avenue and Averill (across Averill St. from the Abundance Coop - see Map above).

The REMF has a new performance this year! What happens when Beer meets Early Music? Come find out when the Flower City Beer Choir sings early music at the Old Stone Tavern (Map) in the South Wedge. All are welcome to drink and sing! This event will take place on Tuesday, 11/6. Come join us!

Don't miss the capstone Gala concert on November 16, 2018: a night of musical offerings from artists and ensembles throughout the region, truly representing the musical treasures of the past. See expanded description below.

The full listing of events is available by clicking on the link to the left. To see the details page for a particular event, please click on either the event Title or the associated Image!

Special Events for the 2018 REMF

Festival Gala Concert

Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM

St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave

The capstone of the Early Music Festival, our Gala Concert celebrates the diversity of early music in the glorious acoustic environment of St. Anne Church. Presented in "prism" format, singers and instrumentalists surround the audience with music, flowing freely and without interruption from one performance to another.  You will experience a broad sampling of the breadth and depth of early music during this two hour concert.  Be sure to stay to meet the artists at a reception open to all after the performance!

  • General Admission tickets: $20 online, at Parkleigh or at the door. $5 student tickets available online, at Parkleigh or at the door. Valid Student ID required for purchase or pickup.

  • Preferred Seating tickets: $30, online or at the door. NOTE that Preferred Seating is limited and may be sold out by the day of the Concert. Please order online to make sure you get the best seats!

  • REMF Benefactor tickets: $100 (includes Preferred Seating and a tax receipt), online or by sending a check to Musica Spei, 25 Vick Park B, Rochester, 14607. Please note that a check must be received by November 11.

PLEASE NOTE: Online ticket sales will open the first weekend in October and will be closed at 2PM the day of the concert.  All tickets purchased online with be held for pickup at the door. Purchasers of Student Tickets MUST have a valid School ID.

You may also purchase tickets at the concert, starting at 6:45 PM.

Moonbeams, Malts and Madrigals

Saturday, November 3 at 7:30PM 

Held at a beautiful home overlooking downtown Rochester!

$60 per person, in advance only.

This exclusive fundraising event will be hosted by Musica Spei in a beautiful private home overlooking Downtown Rochester! Enjoy pairings of German-inspired food and beer guided by a local expert in fine malt beverages, while a charming ensemble of local singers entertains you—all for a good cause. A portion of each ticket supports this year's Early Music Festival and is tax deductible. Attendance is limited, so purchase your tickets below or by calling 585-755-2271. Enjoy Moonbeams, Malts and Madrigals for $60 per person - a great value for food with beer pairings and stellar entertainment!

If you have enjoyed the Festival, please make a donation to help us keep producing it!

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