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(CA) Gregorian Institute of Canada Colloquium 2016 (11-14 Aug 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

Location: Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto

"The Gregorian Institute of Canada is please to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015). Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has travelled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant. ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.30: Tempo and pitch II" (11 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"The is the second of two posts examining tempo and pitch in early music.  Naturally, we can only speculate as to the precise nature and relative importance of tempo and pitch in historical times.  But we can certainly point out how specialists and performers of what we call early music today have misconstrued scant available information on tempo and pitch to reinforce a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Also, where tempo and pitch were ...


(SE) BIS CD Release: "Bach – Lutheran Masses, Volume 2"

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV 234; Lutheran Mass in F major, BWV 233

Marco Gioseppe Peranda (1625–75): Missa in A minor

Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
Hana Blažiková, soprano (BWV 233 & 234); Joanne Lunn and Aki Matsui, sopranos (Peranda); Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Katsuhiko Nakashima, tenor (BWV 234); Gerd Türk and Yusuke Fujii, tenors (Peranda); Peter Kooij, bass (BWV 233 & 234); Dominik Wörner, bass (Peranda)

By Bach's time, the traditional forms of church service had been fundamentally altered by the Reformation, and in German churches Latin had yielded to the country's own language. To an extent, however, ...


(US) Hyperallergic Article: Museum Sues Wikimedia for Hosting Copyrighted Photos of Its Public-Domain Artworks (by Benjamin Sutton, 08 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 11, 2015

"On October 28 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (REM) in Mannheim, Germany, filed a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation for making high-resolution images of public domain artworks from its collection available for download. The contested images include photos of works by the Rococo painter Anna Dorothea Therbusch, the Flemish still life painter Alexander Coosemans, and the Dutch Golden Age painter Jacob Ochtervelt, as well as a drawing of Michelangelo’s Moses by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt and Cäsar Willich‘s circa-1862 portrait of Richard Wagner. ...


(US) 2016 OPERA NEWS Awards

Contributed by admin on Dec 11, 2015

Joseph Calleja, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko & José van Dam Named as 2016 OPERA NEWS Awards Recipients. Five Honorees to be Acknowledged for Contributions to the Opera World at the 11th Annual Awards Ceremony. ...


(SE) BIS CD Release: Vivaldi – Recorder Concertos

Contributed by admin on Dec 11, 2015

"Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G major, RV 443 (originally C major); Concerto in F major, RV 442; Concerto in C major, RV 444; Concerto in E minor, RV 445 (originally A minor); Concerto in C minor, RV 441; Concerto in A minor, RV 108 for recorder, 2 violins & b.c.; Concerto in D major, RV 92 for recorder, violin & b.c

Dan Laurin, recorder and musical direction
1B1 / Jan Bjøranger, leader
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord
Jonas Nordberg, theorbo/baroque guitar

The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings for BIS, ranging from ...


(US) Bach Society Houston Pilot Project: "Bach in Schools"

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2015

“Bach had how many kids?!?” exclaimed students at Foster Elementary School when told that Johann Sebastian fathered 20 children. Bach Society Houston’s new pilot project Bach in Schools is a 50-minute presentation for elementary school students focusing on J.S. Bach’s life and music, featuring live performers from the Bach Society’s orchestra and professional choir, and a real harpsichord. ...


(UK) Cambridge Early Music "Festival of the Voice" (12-15 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2015

"Cambridge Early Music’s prestigious 2016 Festival of the Voice will run between Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 May [2016].  It will showcase many of the world's finest early music artists including: Vox Luminis, Voces8, The Gesualdo Six, Three Medieval Tenors and James Gilchrist, who will perform an eclectic range of music from medieval Conductus, Monteverdi, Lassus, Bach, Schubert and many others in some of Cambridge’s most beautiful and historic venues. ...


(US) Art Seek Article: " First Of Its Kind: An Institute for Female Opera Conductors" (by Bill Zeeble, 03 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2015

"In a banner year of three new works from the Dallas Opera, the company this week launched a different kind of premiere: a week-long Institute for Women Conductors. This school may be the only one of its kind in the world. ....


(US) Piffaro "The Renaissance Band" & Google Cultural Institute

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2015

Google Cultural Institute is a hit with music groups enabling them to build storylines and interesting videos. Piffaro is highlighted in one of the latest Google Cultural Institute releases. Congratulations to Piffaro for ...

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