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(US) Washington Early Music Festival 2012 (2-30 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 15, 2012

VICES & VIRTUES Passionate Music of Early Europe

PASSION will wind its musical way through June in Washington, as it has through centuries of music.

“This intriguing theme will unleash creative forces in our artists’ programming. We can look forward to emotional performances of sacred or secular passion – love, intrigue, jealousy, death, spirituality.

As has become a tradition, the Festival will offer events throughout the entire month of June. We invite you to take expeditions into the heart of D.C. to attend our concerts, visit museums, try new restaurants, stroll the neighborhoods.

(BE) International Gabrieli Workshop (23-25 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 15, 2012

The course is already full. But everyone is welcome to the free show moment on Sunday 25th March at 3 pm!

Location: Academy of Music, Word and Dance Lier, Gasthuisvest 50, 2500 Lier

In 2012 the annual Gabrieli workshop expands to both instrumental and vocal-instrumental works:

  • Nunc dimittis servum tuum à 14 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
  • Magnificat à 12 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
  • Lieto Godea à 8 (vocalists: soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
  • Anima mea à 12 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
  • Dulcis Jesu patris imago à 20 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos , 2 tenors, bass)

(IT) Urbino Early Music 2012 XLIV International Early Music Courses (20-29 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 15, 2012
“FIMA - Italian Foundation for Early Music - formerly known as SIFD (Italian Recorder Society, founded in 1971 by Giancarlo Rostirolla) - is a non-profit organization based in Rome. FIMA runs every year in Urbino an International Course of Early Music, an Early Music Festival and a Trade Exhibition for instruments makers.

(BE) Festival Laus Polyphoniae 2012 | MARE ADRIATICO (24 aug- 2 sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 13, 2012

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

“In 2012 Antwerp's early music festival Laus Polyphoniae will focus on the 'Mare Adriatico', the Adriatic Sea. For the first time in its history the festival will have not one but two artists in residence:

  • Daedalus directed by Robert Festa
  • Dialogos directed by Katarina  Livljanić.

Acclaimed projects like the International Young Artist's Presentation and the concerts for babies will be continued.

(FR) Stage de Danse Renaissance Italienne et Baroque Escrime Artistique (5-12 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 13, 2012

(Italian Renaissance and Baroque DanceFencing” Workshop)

“The Marguerite, whether flower, symbol or name, is the theme of the fourth summer internship organized by Bassa Toscana. Like dance, fencing, as proposed at the initiation stage, meets the same rigor and beauty of movement in space. This discipline is found in early writings of the quattrocento in the manual "Flos Duellatorum" of Fiore dei Liberi. Thoinot Arbeau himself in "the Orchesographie" describes a war dance “Les Bouffons” where the current vocabulary of combat is already quoted (but dancing!).  …”

(UK) Lufthansa Festival 2012 News, Issue 10 March 2012

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2012

The latest Lufthansa Festival 2012 newsletter is out. Of particular interest is that the festival now tweets! So, if you are interested in keeping up at the “bleeding edge” of information regarding the Lufthansa Festival 2012, add them to your tweet favourites!

“YOU CAN NOW FOLLOW US... Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music now tweets!  With something like 300 million tweeters worldwide, we reckon there must be at least a few Baroque aficionados among them, so please do follow us ;@lufthansafest.  We aim to be dedicated followers of the like-minded. …

(AT) zeitenTANZ Workshop: "Dances of Biedermeier - and sewing" (16-20 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2012

Location: St. Benedict Education Center, Seitenstetten Austria

“A varied Biedermeier dance program, a new piece for the historical wardrobe, recreation in the countryside - all in just one long weekend!

The course content of the following dances are planned: “Quadrille, Ecossaise, Tempete, Ländler, Walzer, Contredanse, Francaise, Hops-Anglaise, Contre-Ecossaise, Figouraise”. The course is suitable for beginners but also for the advanced …” Instructor: Pia Brocza

(IE) Sligo Festival of Baroque Music (28-30 sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2012
“It will be some weeks before all concerts and workshops are confirmed for this year’s festival, but we can say that the performers will include baroque violinist, Maya Homburger and Ensemble Meridiana who will be “in residence” for the whole of the festival.

Maya Homburger has performed a number of times in earlier Sligo Baroque Festivals, always displaying a remarkable grasp of Baroque musical architecture and an assured technique, always memorably. She is one of the great Baroque violinists of our time. Maya will be playing Bach, the A minor sonata and D minor Partita in a solo recital, and in a trio programme the details of which await confirmation.

(IT) Piccola Accademia di Montisi Masterclasses Summer 2012 (11 jul-26 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2012

(Re-posted with updated information. -- Editor)

“One of the Piccola Accademia’s most important activities is to provide students and recent graduates with exceptional master classes in harpsichord performance. The combination of our instrument collection, the quality of teaching at the Piccola Accademia, superb acoustics and the quiet and relaxed nature of life in the Tuscan countryside, creates a special environment in which to study and be inspired.

The Summer 2012 Masterclasses will be given by:

  • July 10-15 -- Menno van Delft
  • July 17-22 -- Christophe Rousset
  • July 24-29 -- Pierre Hantai / Skip Sempe
  • August 14-19 -- Ketil Haugsand
  • August 21-26 -- Bob van Asperen

(UK) Border Marches Early Music Forums (BEMFM) Workshop: "Purcell's Fairy Queen - Dance and music workshop for BMEMF" (16 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 04, 2012

“We are pleased to announce that Philippa Waite will be joining with Andrew Wilson-Dickson to lead a workshop on the dances and choruses in Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" for the Border Marches Early Music Forum.  The workshop welcomes singers, instrumentalists and dancers, and there will be segments where musicians can learn some Baroque dance steps.

(IT) Festival di Cremona Claudio Monteverdi 2012 - Festival Claudio Monteverdi 2012 (27 apr - 29 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 03, 2012
Festival held in Cremona celebrating Claudio Monteverdi. If you are in the region, you may be interested in attending one of the concerts on the concert listings below --

(DE) Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci -- Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival (9-24 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 02, 2012
Each year in June, bring the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival, waking the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin-Brandenburg from the slumber of centuries.” A festival of international early music groups play in spectacular venues.

(IE) Galway Early Music Festival (17-20 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 02, 2012

Social Harmony -- When Traditional and High Art Music Meet

“This year's festival looks at what happens when popular culture and high art meet and mingle: when tunes played at a peasant's wedding find their way into the music played at a castle feast, when hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes become the fashion at court and when baroque harp becomes the instrument of the people. A foot-tapping weekend of simple melody and complex harmony in the liveliest medieval town in Europe!”


(AT) zeitenTANZ Workshop: La Forlana Dance (4-5 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012
Location: Dance Studio Manhardt, Neubaugasse 38, 1070 Vienna (1st floor, by the yard)

The original folk dance from the Friaul region (hence the name: friulana - furlana - Forlana) was popular towards the end of the 17th century. It was introduced by the composer André Campra at the French court and was immediately received with great enthusiasm - the theme of "Venice" was in vogue in Paris at that time.

This workshop can be registered without a partner.”

(MX) Festival de Musica Barroca de San Miguel de Allende, A.C. (17-25 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012

Joyas Divinas y Otros Secretos (Divine Jewels & Other Secrets)

“This year's theme alludes to the discovery of the rich culture and history of the Baroque period. It's for all lovers of the arts interested in a unique opportunity to discover the architectural, artistic and gastronomic treasures of Baroque. Enjoy a fun-filled week in the company of World-class musicians showcasing some of the most Priceless Jewels of Music ever composed. Join us for an incredible journey through richly layered textures within a compositional aesthetic to which festival musicians add energy and gallant. …”

(DE) Thüringer Bachwochen 2012 (30 mar - 22 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012
“I would like to give a warm welcome to all guests of the 2012 Thuringia Bach Festival. This year’s festival in honour of the “fifth Evangelist” Johann Sebastian Bach is dedicated to the 2012 theme of the Luther decade “Reformation and Music”. There is good reason for this: the reformation was, after all, an important milestone in the redirection of European music culture. The music of the reformation has had a world wide impact on the cultural landscape that, even today, reaches far beyond the religious realm.

(FR) Académie baroque européenne d'Ambronay News (20 jun - 7 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012

The team will provide educational support from the Academy in 2012 is complete.

Leonardo Garcia Alarcon chose the coaching team will be teaching alongside him in the preparation of di matrimonio Cambiale Rossini. Raúl Giménez, Argentinian tenor repertoire Rossini specialist, will train the singers during the traineeship will take place at the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia in May 2012. Girolamo Bottiglieri oversee the strings and winds Patrick Beaugiraud when preparing to Ambronay in June and July 2012. They will train 36 young musicians and singers at the auditions selected European.

(FR) Académie Bach Concert: "Selon Jean" (19 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012

According to St. John’s Passion (J.S. Bach 1685-1750)
Eglise d'Arques-la-Bataille, FR
Concert Date/Time: 19 may 2012, at 20:30

: "La Mort du Christ et ses représentations baroques"
de Jean-Paul Combet à 17h - Presbytère d'Arques-la-Bataille
(by reservation, you can contact via telephone or online form)

Also, participate in the performance. Details below.

(UK) Lufthansa Festival News 2012, Issue 9, February 2012 (Festival Dates: 18-26 May)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012


Christian Curnyn writes...

“World-class performers gather to perform and compete for a fiercely partisan audience! Huge sums of money change hands! Fights break out between rival factions, and even politicians and royalty are swept up in the hysteria! Olympic London 2012? Let's wait and see... Operatic London 1726? Most definitely!

(DE) Zeitfenster Biennale Alter Musik Konzerthaus Berlin (21 apr - 4 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012
Early music festival held on Berlin. Visit the site for more information on its concert listings.

(DE) Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen - International Handel Festival at Göttingen (17-28 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012

International Handel Festival at Göttingen (DE) 

Tickets are now available at the usual ticket outlets for all Göttingen International Handel Festival events. You can also use the online ticket service directly accessible on this site via the programme items.

The Festival begins on May 17 when the new artistic director of the Handel Festival, talks about his artistic career, gives an overview of the program in 2012 and looks ahead to the future of the festival.

(SE) Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF) (6-10 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012
“This year’s delights? The phenomenal maestro Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano, top ensemble Le Poème Harmonique visits from France, and German Cantus Cölln bring their dazzling vocal skill. All exclusive visits for SEMF, and first performances in Stockholm! Colourful Swiss ensemble Elyma opens the festival with exotic baroque sounds from Latin America. Also, a memorial concert for Gustav Leonhardt, Faroese ”kvaddans”, Portuguese early world music, greetings from Swedish 18th century poet Carl Michael Bellman…

(FR) Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas (Var) (16-27 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012
This year’s concert events have been posted in the Callas Early Music Festival website. You may want to visit the site if you are planning on being in the area.

(FR) Asfeld 2012 - 6ème Festival International de Viole de Gambe d'Asfeld (29-30 jun, 1 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012

Early Music Festival at Asfeld

International viola da gamba festival held every year. The programme is available online. If your interest lies with the viola da gamba you may want to visit the site and peruse their itinerary. The church at Asfeld is believed to have been built along the lines of a viola da gamba.

(AT) "Summer 1712" - 7th zeitenTANZ Summer School for Baroque Dance (19-26 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012

Location: Set in the soft green hills of the Mostviertel (Lower Austria), the → Benedictine abbey of Seitenstetten,  founded in 1112, doesn't really show it's age: Famous 18th century artists like Paul Troger and Bartolomeo Altomonte gave it the handsome baroque face it still preserves today. The abbey and its famous baroque garden, perfect for relaxing between dance lessons, lend their atmosphere to our summer school.

Classes will be held in rooms of the abbey and the new Education Center St. Benedikt alternately. Students will be lodged in the Education Center's cosy hostel.

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