The Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition has revealed that the theme for this year’s event will be ‘Youth – Genius and Folly’.

The festival will include a range of performances, including two opera productions – Handel’s Almira and a Charpentier double bill from the BEMF Chamber Opera (pictured). Other performers scheduled to perform are: The Hilliard Ensemble, Dame Emma Kirkby, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI, and La Risonanza, who will be making their debut at BEMF.

BEMF’s exhibition will include performance masterclasses from musicians featured at the festival, dance workshops and pre-performance talks, as well as the many early music exhibitors visiting. This year the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation is working in partnership with BEMF to bring Mozart’s violin and viola to America for the first time, where they will be on display during the opening day of the festival’s exhibition. The instruments will also be played in a concert of chamber music from Mozart’s Viennese period.

The festival will take place on 9–16 June and the exhibition from 12 to 15 June.


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