(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "Etudes on Innovation: What the Performing Arts Can Learn From Sports Marketing"
By Mark MacNamara (July 20, 2015)
"This is the third in a series of pieces on audience development in the performing arts.
It’s important to keep remembering that the prim and passive persona of the performing arts audience these days is relatively new. Broadly speaking, the audience experience of old — from say, the Theatre of Dionysus to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées — was in tone often much like right-wing talk radio: political, raucous, even violent and unhinged, but also profoundly communal, and thoroughly democratic. ...
(From a recent Handel House newsletter "Brock Street News")
Details are now available for Handel House's September to December season. If you are familiar with the Handel House events series, you will know that ticket purchases are best done well ahead of the events as they sell out quite quickly.
"A new look for the Autumn 2015 series brochure and the concerts and events are even more interesting and attractive than ever ...
"The Da Vinci Sound -- First Album of Leonardo first ever built Concert instrument Viola Organista is to be funded by Kickstarter supporters
Viola organista – extraordinary bowed piano invented by Da Vinci - has been constructed in Poland by musician Sławomir Zubrzycki. Now he wants to release first ever CD album with solo viola organista recital." To do that Zubrzycki has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $10,000 ...
"Our 2015 - 2016 concert season celebrates new relationships, special anniversaries and over 70 performances!
We are delighted to announce that from this autumn, we will be an Artistic Associate at Kings Place, and will also hold a residency at Wigmore Hall. We are greatly looking forward to the opportunities that these new relationships will bring, and ...
(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Tribute to Margaretha “Margriet” Tindemans" by LuAnn Johnson (Posted July 6, 2015)
(March 26, 1951 - December 31 2014)
"This hour, we’re paying tribute to Margaretha “Margriet” Tindemans, an early music pioneer and “ferociously talented” medieval fiddle player who passed away December 31, 2014. Margriet’s colleague and good friend, gambist Wendy Gillespie, shares a remembrance, and we’ll play music from a wide swath of Margriet’s career. ...
(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog Post: "How great a role does Rhetoric play in 21st-century interpretation of music for voice and lute?" (11 Jul 2015)
"We return in a roundabout way to our ongoing theme of Rhetoric and education, touching the topic lightly with a rhetorical question: How great a role does Rhetoric play in 21st-century interpretation of music for voice and lute? To arrive at a qualified answer, today we tap into the writing of Robert Toft and his book Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart: The Art of Eloquent Singing in England 1597-1622. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. ...
Location: Tarentaise, Savoie, FR
This year, the 2015 24th-edition of the Festival Baroque De Tarentaise is largely devoted to music of the time of Louis XIV, as this year marks the tercentenary of the death of the monarch. Whether the Italian music heard by the young "dauphin" under the regency of Mazarin, the stage work of Jean-Baptiste Lully emblematic of Versailles' sparkle ... or of the divine darkness lessons of François Couperin ...
Joint interdisciplinary research conference:
Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)
Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Boynton (Columbia University, New York)
"This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. ...
Location: Auxerre, FR
"Based in the historical region of Auxerre, in Bourgogne, the Bassa Toscana Company was created in 2000 in order to perform and teach French Medieval and Renaissance Dance. The music and instruments are exact replicas of the instruments of that time. The costumes replicate Medieval and Renaissance costumes as represented in paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries. The dances as they are performed and taught by the members of Bassa Toscana have been thoroughly researched in 15th and 16th century texts such as those of Négri, de Caroso and Thoinot Areau."
"However, this is not Così fan tutte, the third of the Mozart-Da Ponte collaborations, but Antonio Salieri’s La Grotta di Trofonio, which had its first public performance at the Burgtheater in Vienna in October 1785 and became a huge popular success. ...
(US) The Boston Musical Intelligencier Review: “Musica Pacifica: "Dancing in the Isles”" by Steven Ledbetter (13 Jun 2015)
"It is likely that a good part of the crowd surging toward Jordan Hall late in the evening on Friday night to hear an 11 o’clock BEMF performance by Musica Pacifica had a good idea of what to expect. I did not. This San Francisco-based ensemble consisted of seven superb players who presented a delightful program largely made up of dance tunes from the British Isles: Ireland, Scotland, and England. Any performance of some two dozen tunes simply played one after another runs the risk of monotony. But ...
"Under the expression, ''early music'', are hidden a great number of repertoire of different origin, aesthetic and period. This workshop will show how to work with the original notation in a singing practice to transmit the tradition and heritage of these songs.
This workshop is for everyone who wishes to discover or improve their knowledge on the subject.
The different repertoire we will work on ...
Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik (MBM) and its goals of early music in Central Germany
There can be no doubt: The heart of baroque music beats in Central Germany! This is true not only regarding the past but certainly also for the present with its vibrant music life in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. ...
The HEINRICH SCHÜTZ MUSIKFEST invites you to join this approach. In 2015, the In ternationale Heinrich-Schütz-Gesellschaft organize their International Heinrich-Schütz-Festival in Dresden. Their program obviously relates to the topic of music and visual arts. We also commemorate Heinrich Schütz’ 430th birthday on October 8 and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of both Heinrich-Schütz-Houses in Bad Köstritz and Weißenfels! ...
"... does streaming reward artists fairly? There are other concerns too. Does it affect the quality and variety of music that's made? And does it change the way we listen? ...
"Artistic Triumphs,Ambitious International Touring, Increased Ticket Sales
Toronto, Canada, June 30, 2015
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is wrapping up another remarkable season marked by enthusiastically received national and international tours, a thriving creative and artistic output that continues to redefine how audiences experience live music, exceptional guest artists,anddramatic improvements to the choir and orchestra’s home venue at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. The 2014/15 season saw an increase in single ticket sales over the previous season, with almost 15% of single tickets sold coming from ...
(From a recent Spitalfields Music newsletter item)
We're really excited to be able to share a few details of some of this winter's festival artists with you ahead of the season launch in September.
We're delighted that two festival favourites The Sixteen and The English Concert will be returning to Spitalfields alongside a performance from distinguished French baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants and an exciting collaboration between Aurora Orchestra and ceramic artist Edmund de Waal. ...
(From a recent National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) Press Release)
The Sollazzo Ensemble wins the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition
Sollazzo Ensemble from Switzerland has won the highly respected biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, organised by the National Centre for Early Music, which culminated on Saturday 11 July as part of the 2015 York Early Music Festival. The Ensemble was also awarded the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize and the new Cambridge Early Music Festival Award. ...
(UK) The Guardian Article: "Love your arts job? It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be properly paid" by Lynn Gardner (13 Jul 2015)
"We all know that the biggest subsidisers of the arts are those who work in the arts. Very little work would ever make it to the stage if it was not for people giving their labour away for free, or being paid very poorly for what they do.
As the recent Stage Directors UK report indicated, even those who appear to be sustaining enviable careers are often surviving on fees that would be laughed at in other industries. ...
"In the late 1970s, Simone Demangel was already working on an “International academy for early music in Occitania”, on the delightful premises of the Château d’Assas. Thanks in particular to the subsequent arrival of Scott Ross, the town and its harpsichord thus became emblematic of early music in Europe. The memory of this is still intact, and is today kept alive with great authenticity and elegance by the Demangel family, owners of the site. ...
(From a recent Huismuziek newsletter)
A lot of news items from Huismuziek with regards to early music workshops, classes etc. The first course of the season "Recorder Music for Advent and Christmas" is already all booked, "Spanish Baroque Orchestra and Chorus" are being booked, "Dido and Aeneas for chorus and narrator" is still in search of tenors and basses ... and much more ...
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