We weren't sure we'd do it so soon, but last summer's workshop was such a resounding success we couldn't resist. So once again, players, owners, builders, enthusiasts and aficionados of early keyboard instruments will gather in the beautiful seaside village of Stonington, CT for three-and-a-half days of immersion in the wondrous world of the harpsichord and clavichord -- and this time, we're including the fortepiano! Musically, we're focusing on Bach and his sons.
We've changed the format somewhat from last year. The first full day (June 14, 2008) will be composed of introductory sessions in building and playing. The next two days will mostly follow two tracks, allowing participants to concentrate more on either the "hardware" (building and maintenance) of the instruments, or the "software" (performance and performance practice) of the music. We've worked hard to devise sessions that will interest everyone, but one thing we haven't changed: Zack will supply the meals, including two dinners in his restaurant across the street from the shop! ... "
BUXTEHUDE AND THE NORTH GERMAN SCHOOL/KEYBOARD MUSIC OF DOMENICO SCARLATTIA
SYMPOSIUM IN RECOGNITION OF TWO SIGNIFICANT RECENT ANNIVERSARIES
Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society 2008 Annual Meeting
May 21-24, 2008
The University of IowaSchool of Music
Iowa City, Iowa
THE BEN BECHTEL AWARD
To honor his long tenure of distinguished service to the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society, the Board of Directors in 2007 created the Ben Bechtel Award. This award will be presented annually to a promising student with an interest in early keyboard instruments. The award will underwrite the cost of attendance at the next MHKS annual conference, with the goal of fostering interest in early keyboard instruments and the Society among younger people.
Anyone under the age of 30 who is currently learning to play, build, or otherwise expresses interest in any early keyboard instrument (organ, harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, etc.) is eligible to be nominated for the Ben Bechtel award. A statement describing the student's interest and aspirations and a letter of recommendation from a teacher will comprise a nomination for the award. Nominations should be sent to David Breitman, 382 Elm St., Oberlin, OH, 44074, USA, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st of each year, to be considered for attendance at that year's annual meeting. Winner will be announced by April 1st.
The committee that oversees the Ben Bechtel Award appreciates your generous financial support. A line on this registration form allows you to make a contribution as you register for the conference. Thank you! " ... See MHKS website for more information. (ed.)
18-22 June 2008
Concerts, master courses, workshops, lectures, presenters of old and new instruments, performance opportunities for young harpsichordists, etc.
Organizers: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Hungarian National Museum, Clavicembalo Foundation, Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Tihamér Vujicsics Music School Szentendre
Patron: Dr. András Batta, Rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of MusicArtistic director: Prof. Anikó Horváth "
See "International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary" website for more details (ed.)
The jury for the International Harpsichord Competition were:Gustav Leonhardt [nl], Françoise Lengellé [fr], Andrea Marcon [it], Ketil Haugsand [nor], Johan Huys [be] (chairman), Davitt Moroney [uk/fr]. Winners of the harpsichord competition: (no 1st prize was awarded); 2nd Prize Ex Aequo -- Francesco Corti (IT) & Julien Wolfs (BE); 3rd Prize -- Tomoko Matsuoka (JP); 4th Prize -- Susan Toman (CA); 5th Prize -- Masumi Yamamoto (JP).
The jury for the International Fortepiano Competition were: Wolfgang Brunner [at], Claire Chevallier [be], Linda Nicholson [uk], Alexei Lubimov [ru], Ludger Rémy [de] (chairman), Bart van Oort [nl]. Winners of the fortepiano competition: (no 1st prize was awarded); 2nd Prize -- Stefania Neonato (IT); 3rd Prize Ex Aequo -- Alexandra Koreneva (RU) & Olga Andryushchenko (RU); Honorable mention -- Katarzyna Drogosz (PL).
See the site for more information on the competition as well as the Festival exhibitions. (ed.): Music Antiqua
The 2007 Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition takes place over the weekend of the 9th -11th November 2007. A lively mix of exhibition and performance, the event will fill the Old Royal Naval College with sounds of early music and song.
Friday 9th November 10.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10th November 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 11th November 10.00am - 5.00pm
Admission to exhibition (includes complete programme):
2 day ticket £12.00
3 day ticket £16.00
Children under 14 free
(concessions OAPs, UB40 holders, students, TCM staff and students free entry with TCM Resource Card)
The Festival is over for another year and there is the same feeling of regret that comes with the end of Christmas or the school holidays. But all good things must come to an end and it is now time to take stock of what has been a remarkably successful series of events and one in which the Festival Director and his team can take justifiable pride.
As predicted the Son et Lumière (sound and light) production met with universal approval and large audiences on two consecutive evenings were transfixed by this striking and unusual form of entertainment. It was the first time something like this has been tried in St. Mary’s and the effect was stunning. The first 600 years of the church’s eventful history were told in a dramatic recitation with appropriate music from St. Mary’s choir, whilst various parts of this ancient church – including the magnificent windows – were lit in different colours."