(US) Harpsichord Unlimited Music Videos Win Awards in 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival

Contributed by Admin on May 08, 2011
Our congratulations to Harpsichord Unlimited! Out of more than 4,300 international category entries in WorldFest-Houston's 10 major Remi Award Competitions, Harpsichord Unlimited won a Silver Award (Into the Light) and a Bronze Award (Concertino Cubano). The Remi takes its name from artist Frederick Remington, who captured the spirit of Texas and the West with his paintings and sculptures.

(CA) Italianissimo! with Stefano Montanari Guest Conductor (Tafelmusik season finale) (2011 May 11-15)

Contributed by Admin on May 08, 2011
Stefano Montanari returns to Tafelmusik as guest conductor in a programme of exuberant symphonies and overtures by Italian classical composers. Un finale fantastico!

(CA) Sixth Annual Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada (2011 August 4-7)

Contributed by Admin on May 07, 2011
This year’s theme—Chant: Old and New—is inspired by a particular chant book, which makes Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University its home: the Salzinnes Antiphonal, a 16th-century Cistercian manuscript from what is now the region of Namur in modern-day Belgium.

(US) Tallis Scholars Summer Schools (TSSS) -- Seattle University, WA (2011 July 23-30)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
The Tallis Scholars Summer Schools are dedicated to exploring the great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it, as pioneered by the Tallis Scholars.

(US) All The Queen's Men (Tudor Choir Concert) (2011 May 14)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
The choir for the recent Royal Wedding included the choir of Westminster Abbey as well as the Queen's Chapel Royal, an institution dating back centuries that has produced some of England's greatest composers and music. On May 14, the Tudor presents ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN, a narrated performance of music composed for the Chapel Royal during the reigns of legendary 16th-century monarchs Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I.

(FR) Stabat Mater - Messe de Madrid -- Domenico Scarlatti (Recently released by Ensemble Jacques Moderne)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
Recently released by the Ensemble Jacques Moderne, the “Stabat Mater - Messe de Madrid by Domenico Scarlatti” has received wonderful reviews.

(US) Saint Thomas Fifth Ave NYC Has a Rare Alto Job Opening

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011

From the blog “The Countertenor Voice”, we learn of the following:

The Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Thomas Fifth Ave, one of the only truly full-time choral organizations in the USA, has posted the rare job opening for a male alto.

(US) Handel's Beasts: Explained, Illustrated, Complete with Musick (News from San Francisco Classical Voice)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
In Donna Leon's newly published Handel's Bestiary, she traces 12 of the composer’s animal references through history, mythology, and the specific arias featuring them.

(CA) -- Weblinks pages has reached over 2,000 sites

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011

Connecting, resourcing, advertising and web presence are many of the “raisons d’être” for the existence one’s website. Recently, has catalogued over 2,000 currently active websites. The websites span over 46 categories, residing on many continents, countries and cities.

(UK) Tallis Scholars Summer Schools (TSSS) -- Oakham UK (2011 July 9-16)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
The UK branch of the Tallis Scholars Summer Schools is dedicated to exploring our great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it, as pioneered by the Tallis Scholars.

(UK) Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain (Robert Bigio, author)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011

This book is a comprehensive history of the firm and contains detailed descriptions of the many innovative instruments they made.

(NL) Pergolesi: The Zenith (Holland Baroque Society Concert) (2011 May 13-22)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater is like the snowdrop: a tender flower, poking, fragile, above the snow, well ahead of spring.

(US) Square Piano Tech -- A Resource for the 18th and 19th Century Square Pianos (New Website)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011

A dedicated resource guide for the restoration enthusiast who is looking for information on restoring the early square piano!

(US) Newly Published at Organ Historical Society (OHS)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011
The Organ Historical Society publishes books, a quarterly journal, an annual study of organs by locale, and also produces sound recordings on CD.

(US) "Siren Song: Sephardic Songs of Fantasy and Love:" (Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) concert) (2011 May 7)

Contributed by Admin on May 01, 2011

This sensual and exotic music illuminates the lives of Sephardic Jews after their expulsion from Spain.

(US) Austin Chapter of the American Recorder Society Workshop (2011 May 7)

Contributed by Admin on May 01, 2011
The May workshop will explore and focus on two beautiful textless music sources from the early 16th century, which include the full bandwidth of early 16th century secular polyphonic musical expression: from languid songs and teasing folk ditties, to purely instrumentally-conceived pieces and virtuosic compositions.

(US) Anne Sofie von Otter, Wigmore Hall (Opera Today, Claire Seymour-Review) (2011 April 29)

Contributed by Admin on May 01, 2011
For the second time in a matter of just a few weeks, the Wigmore Hall audience were treated to an evening of seventeenth-century song and dance.

(US) Handel’s Harp with Maxine Eilander (Harmonia Episode -Recording) (2011 September 20)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 30, 2011
Handel’s harp music with Maxine Eilander, the Toronto Consort and Elizabethan England, and More Hispano explores Spanish and Italian Renaissance improvisation.

(UK) The Dream of Gerontius -- Elgar (Musick Fyne and Coronach Concert) (2011 May 14)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 30, 2011
Musick Fyne will be taking the role of the semi-chorus in the Inverness Choral Society's performance of Elgar's epic masterpiece

(US) Martin Carthy, folk music and lute songs (Post on "Unquiet Thoughts --Mignarda's musings on lutes and lute songs in the 21st century" blog)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 30, 2011
Featuring a discussion about Martin Carthy may seem like a stretch for devotees of early music, since his style is generally considered to fall into the category of ‘folk’ rather than ‘art’ music.  But we attempt to keep our eyes and ears open to intelligent insights that filter into our collective consciousness from any quarter.

(US) Announcing WLSCM No.21

Contributed by Admin on Apr 30, 2011
Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music (WLSCM)

We are pleased to announce the addition to the WLSCM Catalogue of No. 21 in our series: An edition of two spiritual monodies by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger edited by David Dolata and Margaret Murata.

(CA) Call for Papers: "Early Theatre: Special Issue on Women and Performance: Summer 2012"

Contributed by Admin on Apr 30, 2011
From REED and the growing body of work by comparatists and theater historians, we now know that women performed at all social levels and in all performance spaces except the all-male stage, by Englishwomen and by foreign players.

(NO) Andreas Scholl (2011 May 30) (Bergen International Festival Concert)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 29, 2011
Andreas Scholl had six thousand people on the edge of their seats when he sang Handel arias in the BBC Proms some years ago. The German counter-tenor has released several critically acclaimed recordings. His repertoire spans from opera and baroque music to folk tunes.

(IT) Montisi Music Festival (2011 June 30-July 1)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 29, 2011
This year's summer festival will once again feature some of the world's leading harpsichordists.

(US) American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy (2011 July 15-23) (US, San Francisco)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 29, 2011
This summer, Bay Area early music specialists American Bach Soloists (ABS) will inaugurate an annual Bach Festival & Academy, the world!s newest, in San Francisco from July 15 through 23.

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