(US) The New York Times Article "Victoria’s Secrets: What the Royal Archives Didn’t Want You to Know About England’s Queen" (by Julia Baird, 19 Nov 2016)
"To work in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle in England is one of the most delicious prizes for a researcher. Climbing the steps to the Round Tower, where you can read centuries-old correspondence between monarchs and their ministers, untie ribbons binding intimate family records and feel the parchment crackling in your fingers, is viscerally thrilling. ...
"Colonization rears its ugly head whenever there is “globalization.” In the 1500s, several European nations were aggressively globalizing, especially Spain, and especially in the Americas. At the time of Christopher Columbus’s westward wanderings, the Americas already had strong indigenous cultures. There was a great fondness for music and dancing, especially for rituals and celebrations.
Alongside the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors came ...
We often wonder how to involve our younger "up and coming" and inspired musicians in our performance programs. Here, as example of a successful option to youth involvement, is a snapshot of the "Monteverdi Apprentices Programme" established in 2007.
"The aim of the Apprentices Programme is to recruit the most promising young performers – those on the verge of entering the profession – and introduce them to the musical tradition of the Monteverdi Choir and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner by way of a year-long apprenticeship, involving participation in the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique projects, as well as additional mentoring and coaching sessions with the Monteverdi musical staff. ...
"Our Christmas programme this year features works by Jacob Clemens and his Franco-Flemish contemporaries. Clemens’s music is polyphonic perfection: unlike most northern European composers of the time he never travelled to Italy; he revels in relatively conservative close-worked counterpoint and sonorous chording. ...
As you may or may not know, Sagittarius is in its final throes of its illustrious 30th season which ends this December 2016. If you would like to take part in hearing them live and in performance, you will want to visit their site and purchase tickets to their 2 remaining concert events before they are all sold-out. It will be with sadness and with fond farewells that we see the members of the organization close its doors. ...
"In his November 9th piece for Deadline Hollywood, Jeremy Gerard reports that the bottom is falling out for serious arts criticism at The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Reviewers will be fighting for their existence in the online equivalent of journalistic death cage matches: picked off in hybrid lifestyle sections, such as the Journal‘s new “Life and Arts.” And that fade-out encourages publications lower on the food chain to ditch arts criticism, if they haven’t already. Or it serves as an excuse to let reviews gently dangle over the edge of the cliff, as The Boston Globe is doing with its move to have non-profit organizations pay for arts criticism. ...
"We’re delighted to announce that one of our very exciting Future Baroque artists, soprano Rowan Pierce, will perform for us at our Festival Launch on Monday 23 January. She will be joined by members of the Medici Ensemble, with whom she made such a great impression on the audience at their lunchtime concert at the 2015 Festival. The Launch event will take place at the East India Club, 16 St James's Square, St. James's, London SW1Y 4LH. We're immensely grateful to Philip and Christine Miles for hosting this event. ...
A benefit performance of Downland, Byrd, and Holborne in support of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts
"Works of Holborne, Byrd, and the great John Dowland, a Catholic exile from the Protestant court of Elizabeth I, form this program to be performed by "Living Legend" Hopkinson Smith, as a benefit event for Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. ...
(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review Article: "The Soothing Simplicity of Musica Pacifica" (by Niels Swinkels 15 Nov 2016)
"When the members of Bay Area baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica put together their program for the opening of the 40th season of the S.F. Early Music Society, little could they have suspected that sacred and secular music from 17th century Italy would offer much needed distraction, comfort and soothing in the wake of an emotionally turbulent week. ...
From an Aquila Corde Armoniche Facebook post: ""Loaded Synthetic Lute Bass and Meanes Strings CD type" Are Available
"The appearing of wound strings caused, starting from the end of the 17th century, the definitive abandoning of the ancient manufacturing techniques of the traditional all-gut bass strings.
This explains why modern plain gut strings fail to produce an acceptable acoustical performance in the low registers, thus making it unavoidable to use wound strings for musical repertoires that actually pre-date their historical appearing; this, in turn, causes an obvious philological paradox as well as serious tone and balance problems between high and low registers, especially on Lutes. ...
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