MICHAEL JAFFEE, Director
and Kay Jaffee
THE WAVERLY CONSORT is one of
America's premiere ensembles and a pioneer in the early-music revival.
Founded in 1964 by Michael and
Kay Jaffee to explore the fascinating sounds and styles of early
musical repertories, the ensemble has created a worldwide audience
for its music through international concerts,
recordings, and radio and television appearances. In addition to
annual tours of North America, the ensemble has appeared throughout
South America, Great Britain, Portugal, the Far East, and at international
festivals including the Casals Festival, the Hong Kong Festival,
the Madeira Bach Festival, and the Caramoor Festival. In its home
city of New York, the group has performed 100 concerts at Lincoln
Center, in addition to concert series at The Metropolitan Museum
of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Cloisters, as well
as at cultural centers throughout the country.
Featured on many national radio
and television broadcasts, the ensemble has appeared on CBS
Sunday Morning and National Public Radio's Performance
Today. Its numerous recordings
include the best-selling A Renaissance Christmas Celebration
with the Waverly Consort (CBS Masterworks), and 1492: Music
from the Age of Discovery (Angel-EMI), created to commemorate
the Columbian Quincentenary, and listed on Billboard's
classical chart of bestsellers for seventeen weeks. In 1999 The
Waverly Consort launched its own record label, WAVE RECORDS, with
The Christmas Story (WAV 13099), featuring selections from
its most popular medieval program. Its most recent release is ¡IBERIA!
Spanish and Portuguese Music of the Golden Age (WAV 14002).
Each holiday season the Waverly
Consort's thirteen-member ensemble of singers and players tours
The Christmas Story, a program combining solemn and festive
music, processions and simple gestures to dramatize the Biblical
narrative as conveyed by music manuscripts and illuminated miniatures
of the Middle Ages. Since its premiere at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York in 1980, this seasonal offering has become a
favorite of audiences throughout North America. At other times during
the year, the ensemble performs programs of wide breadth and variety,
covering repertories from Europe and both American hemispheres.
The Waverly Consort and Michael
and Kay Jaffee, in recognition of their role in furthering the development
of early music and chamber music, have been awarded honors by the
National Music Council, the Music Educators National Conference,
Chamber Music America, Early Music America, Gotham Early Music Scene and New York University.