News » Early Music Concerts 2011-2012

(UK) The Bath Minuet Company: The Bath Georgian Ball (31 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012
The Bath Georgian Ball is hosted annually by Bath Minuet Company and has become a highlight of the early dance calendar.

The Guildhall in Bath continues to provide the perfect setting for this event which draws enthusiasts and practitioners of historic dance from around the world.

(UK) The Renaissance Singers Concert: "Meet the Artist - Sally Dunkley" (15 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012

Location: St Paul’s Knightsbridge Church Hall, 77 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8ED

“Join the Renaissance Singers for an evening of music, wine and conversation -  the first in a new series of ‘Meet the Artist’ evenings where eminent figures in the field of early music talk about the high points of their career and share some of the music that has featured most significantly on the way. Soprano Sally Dunkley is our first special guest and will be interviewed by Alistair Dixon, conductor of Chapelle du Roi and former Chairman of the Renaissance Singers.

(US) Concordia Consort Prelude Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church (4 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elms Street in Concord, MA US

Soprano Eileen Cecilia Callahan joins recorder players Sheila Beardslee, George Mastellone, Brian Warnock & Henia Yacubowicz for a 30 minute program of Lenten chorales and penitential psalms.  This program features works by Byrd, Wilbe, Morley, Bull, Hassler, Pedersøn, Cato, Lassus, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Bach.

Following our concert program, the Trinity Parish Choir (Robert Barney, director) will sing choral evensong, featuring canticles and the verse anthem “My shepherd is the living Lord” by Thomas Tomkins.

(US) CORRECTION: San Francisco Renaissance Voices Calendar Listing - March 18, 24&25 - (San Francisco Palo Alto, Alameda)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012

- A calendar correction from the SFRV. Please update your calendars -

WHO:  San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Music Director)
WHAT:  Music from the Court of Ferrariae - works by Martini, Obrecht, Isaac and Josquin
WHEN/WHERE (NOTE - 3 Concerts):
  • Sunday, March 18 - 5:00 pm - First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
  • Saturday, March 24 - 7:30 pmSeventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
  • Sunday, March 25 - 4:00 pm - All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto


(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Concert: "An English Messiah" (11 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012
“What....HENRY'S Messiah?

You read that right. Handel wasn't the only one to set those familiar texts to music. Henry Purcell beat him to it, and you can hear these remarkable settings on March 11.

(UK) National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) Early Music Listings (Mar-Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012

From the latest newsletter from the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), we are reminded of their upcoming early music concert listings; of particular note, the NCEM Composers Award 2012 venue where the winners will be announced. Book early as these concerts are usually quite popular.

(CA) Early Music Fredericton: "For the Birds" (26 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012

Loction: Gallery 78, 796 Queen Street, Fredericton NB, Canada

“We would like to invite you to the next concert, 'For the Birds', with harpsichordist Jonathan Addleman and baroque violinist Sari Tsuji.

Nightingales, cuckoos, chickens – birds inspired composers to write some charming music! A musical aviary for violin and harpsichord by Biber, Rameau, Daquin, Frescobaldi, Schmelzer, and even a certain Mister Finch. A sort of midwinter pick-me-up concert, and most definitely not just for the birds, but for music lovers too!

(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts Reminder: "Weekend Festival of Italian Baroque Discoveries" (24,26 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012

Please join us for a weekend of Italian baroque discoveries!
New York, NY US

Friday, February 24th, 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St. b/w First and York
The Evolution of the Concerto Grosso

Sunday, February 26th, 3:00pm
The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue
Mary/Magdalene Sacred Discoveries from The Age of Revolution

Jessica Gould, soprano & Meg Bragle, mezzo
Marika Holqvist & Joan Plana, violins
Will Frampton,viola
Ezra Seltzer, cello & Gabe Shuford, harpsichord


(US) The Tudor Choir E-zine Concert Reminder: "- WILLIAM BYRD and the Gunpowder Plot" (25 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012

with Marta Zekan, narrator

Location: Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 9th Ave. NE Seattle WA, US

“William Byrd was the foremost English composer of the late-16th and early-17th centuries. A staunch Catholic, Byrd maintained a high profile while being closely associated with the Jesuits and other recusant Catholics. His motets commenting on the plight of English Catholics, as well as his music appropriate for the Jesuits' popular Forty Hours' Devotion, held special meaning in the context of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot--the famed failed assassination attempt against King James I.”

(US) Early Music Now Concert: "Celebrating Renaissance Grandeur I" (17 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 19, 2012

New Waves in Ferrara: Two Bands, Fresh Sounds

Location: Milwaukee, WI US

“Two of EMN's long-time favorites, the wind band Piffaro and the early music string ensemble King's Noyse, are joined by soprano Ellen Hargis in an insightful exploration of the music and cultural life of Ferrara, one of the great centers of the courtly arts in Renaissance Italy. Silent Auction and Chocolate Reception at 3:00.”

(US) American Bach Soloists Concert: St. Matthew Passion (24-27 February 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012

The first Bach program in the new year will be the masterful St. Matthew Passion, presented February 24-27, 2012, and featuring tenor Wesley Rogers (Evangelista), baritone Joshua Copland (Christus), along with an octet of ABS vocal soloists including alto Danielle Reutter-Harrah, tenors Derek Chester and Aaron Sheehan, baritones Jesse Blumberg and Robert Stafford, and the American Bach Choir with members of the Pacific Boychoir.

(US) Salon/Sanctuary Concerts: MARY/MAGDALENE Sacred cantatas of the Italian Baroque (26 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012

Location:  Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street, New York NY US
Time: 3:00 PM

Soprano Jessica Gould, Mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, and the Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Ensemble perform recently discovered repertoire by Ferrandini, Pergolesi, and Ristori that tell the passion story through its two female protagonists. The concert is part of a weekend festival of Italian baroque discoveries that begins on Friday, 2/24, with Juilliard415 under the direction of Monica Huggett, in a performance of Concerti Grossi at The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Concert: "Arion meets Harlequin -- Commedia dell'arte" (17,18,19 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
Commedia dell'arte is a popular comical theatrical form born in the 15th century. Mirthful, gay, even hilarious, these shows always used the same stock characters to weave its narrative, characters that we still know and love: Harlequin, Pierrot, Colombine, Pantaloon, among others. 

Fast-forward a few hundreds of years later: Arion Baroque Orchestra is getting inspired by the same characters to create a flamboyant concert!

(IT) Società di Danza Balls and Tea Dances 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
“The Società di Danza organizes balls and tea dance to practice dances learned in classes.
Tea dances are informal meetings, usually organized on Saturday or Sunday afternoon every month.
Balls are formal reconstruction of historical balls of the XIX Century, where dancers with appropriate costume dance in historical buildings or theaters.

(FR) Le Poème Harmonique Concert Listings (March 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 14, 2012
Le Poème Harmonique reminds us of their upcoming concerts for the month of March 2012.

(FR) Akadêmia, Françoise Lasserre-conductor Concerts: "Opus IV: Augustin Pfleger" (22,23,24 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 14, 2012

Sacred concertos for the Christmas and Easter seasons

22 feb 2012 Palais du Tau-Reims (51)
23 feb 2012 Salle des Fêtes de l'Hôtel de Ville-Troyes (10)
24 feb 2012 Notre-Dame du Rosaire-Chaumont (52)

“The pieces of this programme come from the Düben collection at Uppsala University in Sweden. This library holds most of his Geistliche Konzerte (sacred concertos), composed to cover the entire liturgical year. They are situated midway between the works of Heinrich Schütz and the cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude. Their form as dialogues between named protagonists gives some of these compositions a highly expressive, dramatic aspect. The recitatives are in the vein of Carissimi while the arias are frequently sung by two voices. The instrumental sinfonias are for strings only. 

(CA) Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Concert: (21 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2012

(From a recent email ad from Tafelmusik -- Editor)

Valentine's Day offer! / Virtuoso Vivaldi with Marion Verbruggen

“Treat a loved one and/or close friends to a special outing this year with this Valentine's Day offer.  Spring comes early with brilliant music by the world's favourite Italian baroque composer, featuring Marion Verbruggen - the high-spirited Dutch recorder virtuoso beloved by audiences around the world. 50% off regular priced tickets!

(UK) Cambridge Early Music Concert: "Alessandro Striggio’s Mass in Forty Parts" (20 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2012

First public performance in 450 years of Renaissance music, by award winning musicians in King’s College Chapel, 20th May 2012

The highlight of a weekend ‘Festival of the Voice(18-20 may 2012 -- Editor) promoted by Cambridge Early Music will be a concert in which Alessandro Striggio’s ground-breaking Mass in Forty Parts will be given its first public performance in modern times. Composed in about 1565 or 1566, this Renaissance masterpiece is scored for five 8-part choirs, a feat never attempted before, but highly influential on other composers including England’s own Thomas Tallis. Surpassing even his own ambition, Striggio’s final movement is actually in sixty parts.

(US) Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) Concert: The Harpsichord’s Golden Century: Music of Couperin, Blow, Froberger, and Purcell (10 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 08, 2012

“Richard Egarr, Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, takes center stage for a thrilling recital highlighting music for solo harpsichord from the 17th century. Always an exhilarating and engaging performer, Egarr promises to deliver brilliant and eloquent interpretations of these gorgeous works.

Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

(US) Gotham Early Music Scene News (GEMS) Concerts (1 feb 2012 Newsletter)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2012

A reminder from the latest GEMS newsletter of its upcoming concert listings. Once again, if you are planning on being in the New York city area, consider one of the scheduled concerts. You may want to check on ticket availability as the concerts are well-attended. 

Concert listings below:

(CA) Ottawa Chamber Music Society February 2012 Newsletter - Arion Concert Reminder/Notice

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012

(news from the latest newsletter -- ed.)

Arion Baroque Orchestra, February 16 2012

Due to illness, Elizabeth Wallfisch will not perform at the Ottawa Chamberfest Concert Series presentation of “Commedia Dell-arte” with Arion Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Wallfisch has withdrawn from the remainder of the Orchestra’s concert season. Award-winning violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky will take to the stage in her place.

(UK) Handel House February-March 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012
From the latest Handel House news letter, you will find the concert listing for February-March 2012. Buy early as many of these concerts sell quickly. In fact, some of these are already sold-out.

(CA) Ensemble Anonymous Sponsored Concert: "Kassia - Byzantine Hymns" performed by the German Ensemble VocaMe (7 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012

Location: Salle D'Youville au 995, place D’Youville, Québe PQ, Canada

As part of the Women’s World Day, the Société du Palais Montcalm, in collaboration with the Ensemble Anonymus and La Nef, present the German Ensemble “VocaMe“ in a program entitled “Kassia - Byzantine Hymns”. This concert will be at 8pm in Room 995 at D'Youville Place D'Youville.

(FR) Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu Concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" (8 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012

Baroque Music, Early Chinese and Taiwanese Music

As part of the festival "Made in Asia" Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu pairs up with the Jiang Nan - Yang Yi-Ping - Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble for its latest concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" Baroque music, early Chinese and Taiwanese music.

The concert follows a free conference on the music of nanguan.

(US) Early Music DC Concert Listings for February 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012
We are reminded of this month’s concert listing the Early Music DC newsletter. If you are in the area you may want to consider attending.
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