Early Music in Columbus is a concert series dedicated to the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Since 1980, Early Music in Columbus has each year presented a series of concerts featuring some of the finest national and international artists who specialize in the music of these periods. The Friends of Early Music, Inc. have made a very significant contribution to the cultural life of Columbus, Ohio and to its diversity through the creation and sponsorship of the Early Music in Columbus concert series.
The Early Music in Columbus concert series was established in 1980 and is cosponsored by the Capital University Conservatory of Music with the assistance and support of The Friends of Early Music, Inc.
Early Music in Columbus sponsors six or more concerts each year. Most concerts are held on the campus of Capital University, although the series has taken advantage of other fine performance sites in the Columbus area, including the Pontifical College Josephinum, The Southern Theatre, First Congregational Church, and St. Joseph Cathedral.
International and national artists who have appeared in the series include
- Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
- Circa 1500
- The King's Noyse
- Paul O'Dette
- John Tyson
- Paul Hillier
- Julianne Baird
- Anonymous 4
- The Baltimore Consort
- Apollo’s Fire
- The Rose Ensemble
Early Music in Columbus each year sponsors one or more performances by Columbus' resident Medieval and Renaissance ensemble, The Early Interval. The performances presented by that group as part of the series have included a number of unique concert theater pieces and collaborations with readers, dancers and choral groups. The Early Interval is well-known for its annual Twelfth Night Concerts presented in early January and held at the First Congregational Church.
Early Music in Columbus has been regularly supported by
- Ohio Arts Council
- The Greater Columbus Arts Council
- The Columbus Foundation
- The Huntington National Bank
- The Ohio State University (through its annual Medieval and Renaissance Festival)
- Numerous individual supporters and volunteers.
The series is frequently reviewed by The Columbus Dispatch, and articles about the series have appeared in a number of local publications.