(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players ~ Julie Baumgartel, Artistic Director: Fundraiser-Gala (Date of event: 21 June 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 19, 2015

Location: Waterloo Ontario

The Nota Bene Baroque Players Organization (NBBP) unveils its upcoming plans for their Fundraiser-Gala 2015.

"Welcome to a FUNDRAISER celebrating the accomplishments of NOTA BENE PLAYERS and SINGERS! Come and hear excerpts that showcase works for the coming season. Your continued support will ensure the continuation of innovative programing and stunning performances. ... " ~ Boyd McDonald, NBBP Chair

(UK) Spitalfields Music ~ Summer Festival 2015 (2-16 June 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 18, 2015

Location: Spitalfields Music, 61 Brushfield Street, London, UK E1 6AA

"Early music ensemble La Nuova Musica presents performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres and an evening of arias and concertos with virtuoso horn player Alec Frank-Gimmell. ..."

In addition to La Nuova Musica, The Spitafields Music Festival also welcomes: The Sixteen; Stile Antico; The Carnival Band, Musicians from the Age of Enlightenment; Odyssean Ensemble; City of London Sinfonia; Polyphony ...

(UK) Chapelle du Roi Concert: "TENEBRAE – by Candlelight" (1 April 2015 @7:30PM)

Contributed by admin on Mar 18, 2015

Location: St John’s Smith Square, London, UK

Holy Week was one of the richest sources of inspiration for many of Europe’s Renaissance composers. As the tension mounted in the approach to the crucifixion and resurrection, the music accompanying the liturgy would become more emotional and highly wrought. The greatest drama was found in the candlelit service of Tenebrae held at sunset; the shadows lengthening as the candles were extinguished one by one.

In this candlelit programme on the eve of Maundy Thursday Chapelle du Roi performs music from the three great days.

(US) Crawford Young in Concert: Medieval and Renaissance lute “The Lost Petrucci Book c1508” (Concert date: March 22, 2015 at 4pm.)

Contributed by admin on Mar 18, 2015

Location: Ifshin Violins, 6420 Fairmont Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, at the El Cerrito Plaza (adjacent to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station)

Admission $20.  Light refreshment served afterwards- please bring a beverage to share.

Crawford Young, well-known Renaissance and medieval lutenist, who teaches at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, as well as other venues all over the world, is in the Bay Area during the month of March.  He would like to meet lute players here in the Bay Area. ...

(US) 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition

Contributed by admin on Mar 15, 2015

(From a recent Press Release -- Note: The Winners of the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be announced after the final round on May 30, 2015.)

"March 13, 2015 Malibu, CA -- The world's preeminent classical guitar competition, the Parkening International Guitar Competition, has selected 15 standout competitors for its fourth triennial competition. Representing 11 countries, they will vie for the largest prize purse among guitar competitions, competing at Pepperdine University from Thursday, May 28, through Saturday, May 30, 2015, on the University's campus in Malibu, California.  ...

(SE) BIS Records: "Müthel – The Five Keyboard Concertos" (CD Release Date: 30 March 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

(From a recent BIS newsletter)

Marcin Świątkiewicz, harpsichord; Arte dei Suonatori

"Johann Forkel, the biographer of J.S. Bach, numbered Müthel among the most remarkable of Bach’s pupils. Another of the great chroniclers of 18th century music, Charles Burney, described Müthel's works as 'so full of novelty, taste, grace, and contrivance, that I should not hesitate to rank them among the greatest productions of the present age.’  ...

(CA) JUNOfest 2015 Hamilton Ontario

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

The JUNO nominees are in and the awards are being decided ... have a peek to see what Canadian early music talent has been nominated ...

(US) Pacific Standard Article: "Tracking the Evolving Brain of the Young Musician" (Tom Jacobs - Mar 12, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

(Of general interest)

"An ambitious five-year study of young orchestral players aims to determine how taking group music lessons impacts them intellectually and emotionally. ...

(US) Queen of French Baroque Concert

Contributed by musicale on Mar 14, 2015

La Donna Musicale presents "Queen of French Baroque: Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre". This concert, on March 14th at 4pm, celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a female french baroque concert.                                     

(UK) Opera Today: "The Hilliard Ensemble: Farewell Concert at Wigmore Hall" (Review by Claire Seymour)

Contributed by admin on Mar 09, 2015

"Forty-one years is a long time for any partnership to be sustained and to flourish — be it musical, commercial or marital! And, given The Hilliard Ensemble’s ongoing reputation as one of the world’s finest a cappella groups,  ...

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