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As the 2013 year draws to its end, we would like to wish all, the very best of wishes in the new year and a most exciting and fulfilling 2014 concert year.
We would also like to remind you, that, without your financial support, many early music groups would not be able to offer their rich concert programmes to your community. Please consider donating generously to your local early music group(s).
(US) ArtsJournal's Article: "How The Romans Celebrated The Holidays" (Dr Matthew Nicholls, 23 Dec 2013)
From a recent Arts Journal Newsletter article
"When opening your presents or enjoying a night out this Christmas spare a quick thought for the Romans. We owe much of our festive fun to them.
The Romans celebrated the winter festival of Sigillaria on 23rd of December, part of their Saturnalia¹ festivities. ...
(CA) The Record.com Article: Sarah Granskou and Trevor Ewert (bowmaker), residents at Joseph Schneider House Museum
Location: Joseph Schneider House Museum, Kitchener Ontario, CA
"He [Trevor] and Granskou are this year’s folk artists-in-residence at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener. ... ... Granskou and Ewert are woodworkers, musicians, performers and teachers...
(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players News: "WLU Music Students Chosen for New Baroque Mentorship Program" (26 Nov 2013)
Location: Waterloo Ontario, CA
(From a recent article in the Kitchener-Waterloo "The Record" newspaper (by Valerie Hill))
""The idea, it just came to me," said Baumgartel, a violinist with Nota Bene and an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University. "Our job in Nota Bene will be to provide a platform for them to play things they don't get a lot of opportunity to play at school."
For this inaugural program, Baumgartel invited two Laurier students, though future mentorships will be open to any music student. ...
"This hour, we’ll spend time with composers who played and loved to write for the bass instruments—those you can’t fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane! ...
" ... It was, probably, the little figures not the ivory they were made of that drew interest, but I thought of them when I learned recently about a project at the Courtauld Institute in London — in a task begun in 2008, it’s cataloging all known ivory sculptures made made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca. 1530, as well as neo-Gothic pieces, and the other day it added 700 pieces to the online database. This created a mini-storm of interest. ...
From a recent “Brook Street News” newsletter (01 Nov 2013)
Catch up on events being held at Handel House; the Brook Street News newsletter highlights events being held at Handel House as well as other local and international events. You will not be disappointed of the music events …
If you have not as yet planned your summer months, do take a look at what events are being offered in your region, or, perhaps far-off “exotic” regions. Some of the workshop sign-ups are still open for registrations, or, if registrations are closed, you may be able to convince someone to audit the courses. Nevertheless, there are ample summer workshop concerts available to attend and enjoy.
Feel free to browse through our extensive list of workshop and festivals that may be found on our website in three formats:
(US) New York Times Article: "Unleashing the Potential of the Strings" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 30 Aug 2013)
(ES) Papeles de Música: "Discovered a manuscript of Bach in Weissenfels" (Posted on 2013/06/11 by Cristina Martí)
"A manuscript of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) has been discovered by researcher Peter Wollny in a collection in Weissenfels. ...
(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 3.5: Ideas old and new" (Ron and Donna Mignarda, 15 Jun 2013)
"Occasionally we run across interesting historical snippets scribbled by highly-opinionated observers of the contemporary culture of a different age, and we are compelled to share them despite the unpleasant reality check."
Have you taken a look at Harmonia Mundi's catalogue lately? You may find their catalogue format quite easy to navigate and will also find many new titles of early music interest.
(UK) The Guardian: "The Globe plans 'authentic' illumination for its new indoor Jacobean playhouse ..." (Jonathan Jones "On Art" Blog, 23 April 2013)
"The Globe theatre is planning to illuminate performances in its new indoor Jacobean playhouse, due to open in January 2014, by candlelight – and is recruiting a company of child actors like the ones satirised in Shakespeare's Hamlet. ...
(From the latest instalment of the "Unquiet Thoughts blog)
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) is famous as the greatest exponent of English music for solo lute, and as a composer of some of the best surviving music for lute and voice. He is also known as a world-class Miserablist. ...
"At the end of the 13th century, Johannes de Grocheo wrote that the motet was “not intended for the vulgar who do not understand its finer points and derive no pleasure from hearing it: it is meant for educated people and those who look for refinement in art"...