(US) Opera Today: "Operalia, the World Opera Competition, Showcases 2014 Winners" Review by Maria Nockin (02 Sept. 2014)
From a recent OperaToday news item.
"On August 30, Los Angeles Opera presented the finals concert of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the world opera competition. Founded in 1993, the contest endeavors to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. Thousands of applicants send in recordings from which forty singers are chosen to perform live in the city where the contest is being held. Last year it was Verona, Italy, this year Los Angeles, next year London. ...
(CA) Call for Papers and Performances | HKSNA 2015 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Deadline 30 Sep 2014)
2015 Conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)
Conference Date: May 21-24, 2015, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Proposal submission deadline for 2015 meeting: September 30, 2014 ...
From a recent Consort de Danse Baroque newsletter
"We were a bit late putting next term's dates online, which means that we're having to send this notification from our summer school, without the normal individually customised date lists. To view the dates of classes in London, Cardiff, Bath, Gloucester and Exeter, ...
From a recent Nancy Carlin Associates newsletter, and, from the Lute Society of America Inc., the following news item ...
"As you may know, our friend, the lute teacher Pat O'Brien (1947-2014) passed away a few weeks ago. Pat's family has asked the New York Continuo Collective to arrange a memorial and music to celebrate his life and teaching. It will take place at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2014 in New York City at St. Luke Lutheran Church. The church is located at 308 West 46th Street (the South side of 46th street, just West of 8th Avenue). All are welcome.
(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Why watching classical music through Google Glass is a waste of time" (By Ivan Hewett 13 Aug 2014)
From a recent article in The Telegraph, a news article extolling the virtues (or not) of the use of Google Glass technology in music performances. While perhaps not be best of medium to view and hear a performance, but, as one commentator suggests, a way by which to augment the performance with such options as extra performance notes or even translations of libretto, etc. You be the judge ...
From the latest newsletter from the Shakespeare Trust
"There's still plenty of time to make the most of the Summer holidays at Shakespeare's family homes! ...
EarlyMusicNews.org joins the early music world in commemorating the death and contribution of Mr. Frans Brüggen to the early music movement. He will be sorely missed by all of us. For more information of his passing, visit (UK) The Guardian website.
" ...For their first revival of the production, Glyndebourne brought back conductor Olivier Dantone, and assembled a cast which showcased the modern counter-tenor revival by including a total of four in the cast. . Unusually for a modern performance of a Handel opera, all the male characters were played by men ...
As with previous years, the singing competition will take place during the "Innsbruck Festival of Early Music"
"The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti will take place in Innsbruck for the fifth time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 21 August. ... "
If you are in the region of Innsbruck, you may want to consider attending some of the concerts at this year's Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.
"The stars were favourable for music in 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Domenico Scarlatti were born. The three bright stars that shone over the baroque era are the focus of the 2014 Innsbruck Festival. Presenting masterpieces from the opera, the church, the concert hall and the chamber. To round off the picture, there will also be music by the father figures and teachers of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti, by friends and contemporaries as well as by their sons’ generation. ...
A recent reminder from the organisers of the "Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden" (DE), reminding us that if in the area of Knechtsteden, consider the upcoming Festival concert lineups and symposium dates. (Read on) ...
With the end of its 2013-2014 Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) Concert Season, the NBBP Organization has proven itself resilient at re-inventing itself and offering it's audience a new and more dynamic approach to performances and community services.
Having reached a low in performance appearances in previous years (3 performances per year), the NBBP Organization undertook a closer look at its potential as the Region of Waterloo's (Ontario Canada) early music orchestra with the result being of a staggering expanded performance schedule of 14 concerts, as well as a number of NBBP-led initiatives. This past 2013-2014 season consisted of performances with a long list of luminaries such as, not only of the Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBPlayers) but also the birth of its newly formed choir Nota Bene Baroque Singers (NBBSingers) and invited soloists of famed recognition such as: Michael Schade, Daniel Taylor, Agnes Zsigovics, Sean Watson, Baroque trumpetist John Thiessen, organist/harpsichordist Jan Overduin, conductor Howard Dyck (with concertmaster, Baroque violin Julie Baumgartel) as well as up and coming stars Anthea Conway-White Baroque flute and Victoria Melik Baroque violin.
"A curious and unsatisfying reduction of huge music for tiny forces? By no means. These are not, after all, symphonies in the way that Beethoven, let alone Mahler, understood the term, but breezy three-movement affairs which had lately sprung out of an operatic context and were enjoying a new and independent life through the always-unpredictable idiom of C.P.E., who wrote eight such works between 1741 and 1762. Most of them began as symphonies for strings, with wind parts added later when Bach’s orchestra was enlarged. ...
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist: Andrea Chezzi harpsichord
Instrument: Alberto Colzani (2000), after Goermans-Taskin (Russel Collection of Edimburgh, 1764-1783)
Release: April 2014
(UK) Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society (DHDS): 46th Annual International Summer School (27 Jul-3 Aug 2014)
Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester UK
"This new format Summer School responds to the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by combining a Renaissance dance course with an exploration of the scenes of dancing and music in his plays. ...
From a recent Opera Today newsletter
"L’Arpeggiata did not simply perform arrangements of Purcell; rather they created entirely new, highly original, works. Their musicianship, technical prowess and the joy that their shared musical dialogue so obviously inspired, both on the platform and among the audience of the Wigmore Hall, made this performance an absolute delight. ..."
From a recent newsletter item from Harmonia Early Music, an hour-long podcast of anything of "Catherines"
"We’re listening to music for, by or about famous Katies, Catherines, and Katerinas. Next, we’re shining a spotlight on that namesake and getting to know one visionary in the revival of early music: Catherine Mackintosh. ...
From a recent "Unquiet Thoughts" post
"Now in its fourth year, Unquiet Thoughts was and is primarily an outlet for musings on music for the lute and how it does or does not fit into the aesthetics of modern life. In our ever-growing archive of essays, one of the more frequently visited posts posed a handful of questions that asked whether the lute was an appropriate medium for modern sounds. ...
From a recent Via Artis Konsort newsletter item
"Anaustia is a popular tune, probably from around the XVII century, found in the archives of the Bolivian Jesuit Missions. This kind of Spanish, Latinamerican Baroque music, based on a local tune, was quite common in the 16th and 17th centuries. The words of the tune are in a local Indian language. ..."
From a recent Bach-Archiv Leipzig Newsletter
"Yesterday, the XIX. Leipzig International Bach Competition 2014, ended with a concert in the Leipzig Gewandhaus. For ten days, 100 musicians from 28 countries competed in the categories piano, harpsichord and violin/Baroque violin for the title »Bach Prize Winner«. As the youngest finalist, 18-year-old Hilda Huang (USA) won the piano category, Schaghajegh Nosrati (Germany) and Georg Kjurdian (Latvia) came to the second and third position. Jean-Christophe Dijoux (France) achieved the title in the harpsichord final, followed by Olga Pachchenko (Russia) and Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya (Russia). The first prize in the category violin went to Seiji Okamoto (Japan), the second to Marie Radauer-Plank (Austria), and the third to Niek Baar (Netherlands).
"The Rameau Project is a major international multidisciplinary research project devoted to the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). With the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death taking place in 2014, this ambitious venture is uniting international scholars, performers, institutions and organisations to advance our understanding of the most significant composer of the French Enlightenment. ...
From a recent announcement on the AMS mailing list:
News from Dr. Frank Heidlberger (Professor of Music Theory, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas, College of Music) that the journal “Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory” is now online. ...
Location: St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Holy Rosary Cathedral, Regina Saskatchewan, Canada
"Workshops suitable for beginners and more advanced practitioners will include sessions on chant notation, chant by ear, ancient hymnody and psalmody, ornate chanted antiphons, and choral music for contemplative quiet. ...
From the latest newsletter from Harmonia Early Music ...
"The first time you see a claviorganum, you might feel like you’re seeing a mythical creature. Like the part lion-part man griffen, or part girl-part fish mermaid, the clavigorganum is part harpsichord and part organ. ...
From a recent newsletter from Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music
For 30 years, the Festival has been lucky enough to benefit from one loyal sponsor: Lufthansa German Airlines. It is with profound gratitude and respect that we acknowledge Lufthansa’s decision to cease funding after the 2014 Festival has ended. But ...
News from the Forger Shakespeard Library of its upcoming summer events. Not to be disappointed if you are indeed a fan of Shakespeare.
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