(BE) Musica Impulse Centre for Music (Musica, Impulscentrum voor Muziek): AlbaNova Festival (29 June 2014)
Location: Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Bilzen, BE
"After 30 years, the one-day festival “Dag Oude Muziek” is making way for AlbaNova. The new format has the baseline ‘Midsummer festival for musical creation and heritage’ and builds a bridge between the past and present. Join us on Sunday 29th June in the magnificent surroundings of the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen in Bilzen. ..."
Location: Berkeley, California, US
"The 2014 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition will feature fourteen main stage performances, including the American debut of Belgian Ensemble Vox Luminis, winners of Gramophone‘s “Recording of the Year,” and the Berkeley Festival debut of Ars Lyrica Houston. We are also proud to present some of the most renowned Bay Area early music groups including the Philharmonia Chamber Players, with guest harpsichord soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Magnificat. Additionally, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Hopkinson Smith will be giving solo recitals. ..."
Young Spanish violinist and newly appointed Baroque Band concertmaster JOAN PLANA directs the season finale concerts with music by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Valentini, Corelli and Tessarini. Born in Lleida, Catalunya, Plana is in demand on both sides of the Atlantic, performing with orchestras including the Handel and Haydn Society and the European Baroque Orchestra. ...
Location: George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Ontario, CA
"In celebration of her remarkable tenure, Jeanne is selecting her favourite repertoire from 33 seasons at Tafelmusik, weaving together a tapestry of her fondest musical memories. To honour Jeanne, musicians from the orchestra will write “goodbye gifts” of newly-composed pieces based on variations on Purcell movements (including a Hornpipe from Abdelazar, Fairest Isle from King Arthur & Chaconny in g). And there will be an audience-choice portion of the concert, pre-selected by you! Not to be missed."
(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players Concert: "Messiah Sing-Along" Fundraiser and Performance in APRIL!!! (12-13 April 2014)
"Did you know that Handel’s Messiah, which we think of as "a Christmas tradition", was originally written for Easter? On April 13, 2014, the NBBP Orchestra & Singers will present this glorious masterpiece as it was heard 272 years ago (to the day!) at its premiere in Dublin on April 13, 1742.
Come hear the very best of early music players and singers right here in KW. As usual we will be playing on period instruments with the sound and energized style of historically-inspired performers.
Howard Dyck, Conductor
Agnes Zsigovics soprano, Daniel Taylor countertenor
Michael Schade tenor, Sean Watson bass-baritone
John Thiessen Baroque trumpet
Jan Overduin harpsichord
NBBP Players & Singers
As a warm-up to the full performance, why not also participate a day earlier (April 12th) in a “Sing-along Messiah” NBBP Fundraiser? Local choral legend Howard Dyck will lead the entire audience, along with the NBBP Orchestra & Choir and soloists, through Messiah choruses, ...
Location: Koerner Hall, Toronto Ontario, CA
"Isabel Bayrakdarian joins Tafelmusik for a concert of music written for the famous “rival queens” of 18th-century London: baroque era superstar sopranos Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. Their rivalry inspired riots at the opera house, and their behaviour so enraged Handel that he threatened to dangle one of them out a window! We will try to avoid such extremes, but look forward to hearing the stunning Isabel Bayrakdarian perform arias penned for these original prima donnas by Handel, Hasse, and Bononcini."
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts: "Exodus -- Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America" (05 Apr 2014)
The Western Wind with Guest Actors and Erica Gould, Stage Director
Location: The Fraunces Tavern Museum Flag Gallery, 54 Pearl Street, New York NY, US
“The enduring power of liberation imagery in the early American consciousness comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave narratives. …
Location: Trinity-St. Paul Centre, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto ON, CA
"The Toronto Consort has enjoyed great success with an ongoing series of presenting masterworks of early opera in concert. This year, we turn to the most popular opera of the 17th century, Francesco Cavalli’s comic masterpiece Giasone ...
(From a recent Lute Society of America newsletter)
"The Lute Society of America is pleased to announce the application process for Student Scholarships for the 2014 Cleveland Lute Festival is now open. ...
Location: Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Toronto Ontario, CA
"Come to 18th-century Paris with us for a recreation of Le Concert Spirituel - one of the first public concert series. Imagine yourself in a magnificent hall in the Tuileries Palace, listening to the latest French and Italian music with guests from around Europe. Join the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for a programme of sparkling concertos, symphonies and motets in the spirit of one of the first public concert series."
(US) Pacific Standard Article: "Do We See Good Music Better Than We Hear It?" Paul Bisceglio (07 Mar 2014)
"When it comes to musical performances, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that our ears do a better job of judging quality than our eyes. We are listening to music, after all, right? ...
(UK) NPR Article: "A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty" by Tom Huizenga (08 Mar 2014)
" ... Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. for short, was the second surviving son of Johann Sebastian, whose sturdy, impeccably built music made a great impression on the young composer.
Still, C.P.E. seemed to chafe against the old Baroque restraints by forging an innovative and dramatic new sound, especially in his keyboard music and symphonies ...
(Strictly speaking, not really of early music, but of good information -- EMN.org Editor)
"The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung, has launched a free music streaming service called Milk Music.
The service, currently only available on its Galaxy range of smartphones in the US, includes over 200 radio stations and 13 million songs. ...
(From a recent Opera Today newsletter item)
" ... And, certainly there was much darkness and despair as tenor Ian Bostridge, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and the viol consort Fretwork interwove a selection of the composer’s sorrowful songs with a sequence of instrumental pavans and galliards. The prevailing mood was one of melancholy, but a melancholy of a poetic kind ...
(From a recent newsletter item from the early music blog "Unquiet Thoughts")
Simply said, a poignant tribute to Sally -- EMN.org editor
"I first met John & Sally in the late 1970s while they were staffing their stall at the Portland Saturday Market, an open-air market operated by craftspeople for the purpose of selling their wares directly to an appreciative public. Sally and John were the very image of the sort of people I wanted to grow up to be ...
(From a recent newsletter item from Dance Books)
"Nearly 40 years ago we published a paperback reprint of Andre Levinson's biography of the great romantic ballerina Marie Taglioni. That edition has long been out of print, and is now so scarce that we were astonished to discover that second-hand editions are being offered on the internet for upwards of £80. ...
From a recent Harmonia Early Music newsletter
"On this edition of Harmonia, we’re celebrating the achievements of Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. We’ll also bring you one of three segments we’ve put together about the 17th-century theorist Athanasius Kircher ...
The Four Nations Ensemble with guest speakers
Location: The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St., New York NY, US
undefined“The Four Nations Ensemble with the participation of several renowned quest panelists marks the 300th Birthday of CPE Bach with a panel discussion and performance of masterpieces by one of the 18th century's most adventuresome, demanding, respected yet presently under appreciated composers. …
7,8,9,12, March -- Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Toronto Ontario, CA
11 March -- George Weston Recital hall, Toronto Ontario, CA
"The return of an audience favourite! Tafelmusik’s virtuoso violinists perform Vivaldi’s Spring, Summer, and Fall concertos, and Wen Zhao (Chinese pipa), Aruna Narayan Kalle (Indian sarangi), and Aqsarniit (Inuit throat singers) bring to the stage seasonal music from other traditions. The grand finale is Winter by Mychael Danna, the Oscar-winning Canadian composer who recently scored Life of Pi. ..."
Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord
Location: The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US
“Following last season's performance of Book I, the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist continues his exploration of The Well-Tempered Clavier with Book II. …
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