(From a recent Arion Baroque Orchestra newsletter)
Christmas: a time of rejoicing, enchantingly depicted by Michel Corrette! Celebrate our kick-off to the holidays with Arion as we perform excerpts of Corrette's Symphonies des Noëls.
Chantal Rémillard and Tanya LaPerrière baroque violin; Jacques-André Houle, viola; Amanda Keesmaat, cello; Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord …
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA, USA
“The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory will present their annual Christmas concert following the customary format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols sung at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes works by Viadana, Cozzolani, Pitoni, Berlioz, Duruflé, and Lauridsen, music from 13th & 14th century England, and traditional Christmas carols with audience participation. Please join us for an evening of ancient and traditional holiday music.“
(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) 3rd Annual Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala (5,6 Jan 2013)
- 5 Jan - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco CA, USA
- 6 Jan - First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer, Palo Alto CA, USA
“San Francisco Renaissance Voices, under the direction of Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director, combines our two most popular events this year for a grand celebration of Twelfth Night and Mid-Winter presided over by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I!San Francisco Renaissance Voices will be joined by Phantom of the Opera's Susan Gundunas, soprano, Diana Rowan, Celtic harp and Adam Cockerham, theorbo. …
(US) Amberican Bach Soloists (ABS), Jeffrey Thomas-Artistic Director Concert: Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral (20, 21, 22 Dec 2012)
Location: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA, USA
“Always a sell-out, year after year, ABS's performances of Handel's enduring masterwork are celebrated as one of Northern California's most treasured holiday traditions. A superb quartet of vocal soloists and the American Bach Choir …
Location: L’église Saint-Pierre-des-Charteux de Toulouse, Toulouse FR
Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard will present a concert (free entry) of fortepiano and organ on the occasion of the première release of her new CD “Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - Dans la bibliothèque des Esterházy” (Hortus label).
(From a recent Arion Baroque Orchestra newsletter)
“Arion has the great pleasure of welcoming Alexander Weimann, renowned harpsichordist, to the stage during this year’s Montreal Bach Festival. Accompanied by Arion’s musicians, along with flautist Claire Guimond and harpsichordist Hank Knox, the impressive harmonic rigour of J.S Bach will be united with the audacity and ardour of his sons… for your utmost enjoyment.” …
Location: St.John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
“Christmas has inspired composers for more than five hundred years. The legacy of English composers is rich and varied.
In recent years a ‘Second English Renaissance’ has seen contemporary composers taking inspiration from plainchant, secular carols and polyphonic masterworks of the sixteenth century. Chapelle du Roi explores the links between works by Tallis, Shappard, Palestrina and Guerrero & contemporary English composers including Robert Hugill, Daniel Burges, Nicholas O.Neill, David Braid, Anthony Mudge, Antony Pitts and Roxanna Panufnik. The result is a balance of sumptuous textures and harmonies and contrasting approaches to the great Christmas texts. …
(From a recent Harmonia Mundi news release)
“The award-winning choral ensemble Stile Antico presents Passion and Resurrection, an album featuring texts inspired by the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter set to music by some of the greatest Renaissance composers from England and the Continent. Included is a setting of the poem "Woefully arrayed" composed especially for Stile Antico by John McCabe. This is the work's first recording.”
(From a recent Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir news release)
A wonderful concert schedule await you at Tafelmusik in the month of December. You may want to make note of these:
- FRENCH BAROQUE CHRISTMAS at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre (5-9 Dec 2012)
- HANDEL MESSIAH at Koerner Hall (19-22 Dec 2012)
- SING-ALONG MESSIAH at Massey Hall (23 Dec 2012)
(From a recent eClassical newsletter)
“This week we (eClassical) would like to present a number of releases from the small Japanese company: Arte dell'arco, led by Hidemi Suzuki, the famous Baroque Cellist, brother of Masaaki Suzuki, Leader of the Bach Collegium Japan. They are also 24-bits for the price of mp3, and as a pair, we offer BIS-CD-807 with Concerti by CPE Bach, played by Hidemi and the BCJ, for a 30% discount. …”
(From a recent Unquiet Thoughts newsletter)
“Today’s post continues our speculative probe into John Dowland’s background, examining the conditions and events that may have contributed to form the composer’s persona and, by extension, his unique and intricate musical style. …
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "Psalm Settings for the Sun King - Sacred Works For the Chapelle Royale de Versailles" (2 Dec 2012)
Location: L'Eglise Française de Saint Esprit, 109 East 60th St., New York, NY 10022, USA
“A program of French settings of Old Testament texts composed for the Royal Chapel of Versailles, including recently discovered motets by André Campra and selected Versets of François Couperin. Also on the program are instrumental works of Marais and Couperin.
Repertoire once performed by relatives of the composers for the Sun King himself will be heard in the intimate sanctuary of the Huguenot Church.”
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(From a recent Grigorian.com newsletter)
“Can you believe it is already mid-November!? With Holiday Season upon us, we at Grigorian have begun to compile a list of some of the great gift items that have come out this past year. These include some of the amazing box sets that have been released, as well as outstanding CDs and DVDs.”
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(From a recent news release)
Location: Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
“Members of San Francisco Renaissance Voices join lead tenor Corey Head and students from his vocal studio at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, their host as Artists-in-Residence, for a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols.”
Location: Cork IE
“Whether you're a choir in San Francisco, a choir in Stockholm, in St Petersburg, Singapore or somewhere else... celebrate a year of connections by joining the Festival Gathering.
Cork International Choral Festival is one of Europe's premier choral festivals and annually attracts some 20,000 visitors and 5,000 singers. From 1 - 5 May 2013 Cork will once again welcome choirs from across the world for a programme of gala and fringe concerts, national and international competition, and world-class performances. …
(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music" (Edited by André de Quadros)
(From a recent Cambridge University Press news release)
“The volume sets out a historical survey of the genre and follows with a kaleidoscopic bird's eye view of choral music from all over the world. Chapters vividly portray the emergence and growth of choral music from its Quranic antecedents in West and Central Asia to the baroque churches of Latin America, representing its global diversity. …
(UK) Wigmore Hall Concert:: The Brook Street Band; Nicki Kennedy soprano; Louis De Bernières reader (7 Dec 2012)
Louis De Bernières' Mr Handel
Location: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London UK W1U 2BP
“Highlights of The Brook Street Band’s programme include Handel’s sparkling motet Coelestis dum spirat aura HWV231, his Sinfonia in Bb HWV339 and the trio sonata from Bach’s Musical Offering BVW1079. …
Location: St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Duke and Water Streets, Kitchener Ontario, CA
“This year’s Advent Bach Vespers features two masterworks by JS Bach. Cantata 147, ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ concludes with the famous and well-loved chorale setting that we know in English as ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’. The motet is Bach’s double choir work, ‘Komm, Jesu, komm.’”
(From a recent AMUZ newsletter)
Location: Kammenstraat 81 - 2000 Antwerpen BE
The most recent AMUZ newsletter informs us of the busy schedule ahead for the rest of the months of November and December. Below you will find the dates of performances. …
Location: The Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair London W1K 4HB
What’s on at Handel House? Quite a bit. There is quite an extensive list of concerts that are, quite frankly, far too long to list here. Some have already sold out, and, one can only imagine that the rest of these will be sold out in short order.
(US) Harmonia Mundi New Release: "Kristian Bezuidenhout Plays Mozart Concertos" (13 Nov 2012) and Performance (19 Nov 2012)
(From a recent Harmonia Mundi news release)
“Mozart places melody at the very heart of his concertos. Introverted and sometimes uncertain at the start of K.453, it is subsequently transmuted into birdsong - foreshadowing Papageno - and leads to a finale worthy of an opera buffa. …
Location: Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Garden City NY, USA
Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, QCB violinist Lori Miller Abbott and flauto traverso virtuoso Paul Mattick join forces for an evening of chamber music and sonatas by Johann Sebastian's second son, Carl Philip Emanuel (known affectionately to modern aficionados of his music as "CPE"). …
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