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(UK) Thomas Arne, Bampton Classical Opera -- Review by Claire Seymour

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2011

The first performance of Thomas Arne’s masque Alfred took place at Clivedon House on the Thames near Maidenhead, in August 1740.


(UK) "More Historical Dances" -- New Title from Dance Books

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2011

More Historical Dances
Author:
Wood, Melusine
Published:
1956, 2010

Melusine Wood's previous book, Historical Dances : 12th to 18th Century, was in the nature of an introduction to the subject, each major period being illustrated by one or more typical dances.


(US) BACH IN MARCH : Bach Birthday Festival 2011 (2011 March 26)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2011

In 1762, John Christian Bach, youngest son of the old master, Johann Sebastian, journeyed to London for a lucrative position with the King’s Theatre. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Music Master to Queen Charlotte Sophia (wife of “Mad” King George III) and the Royal Family. With a few close musical friends, the "London Bach" formed an ensemble to entertain Her Majesty in her private chambers: The Queen’s Chamber Band.


(US) La Donna Musicale celebrates Women’s History Month with the modern premiere performance of “Sofonisba” by 18th-century Italian composer Maria Teresa Agnesi.

Contributed by Musicale on Feb 28, 2011

Sophonisba: Heroic Queen.

Don't miss this tale of power, love, honor, and death presented by a cast of star singers and musicians in this extraordinary concert! March 25, Boston, MA & March 26, Arlington, MA. This is the first “opera seria” written by a woman composer.


(CA) Nota Bene Period Orchestra presents: Bach's Leipzig, and the music of his time (2011 March 13)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2011
On March 13, 2011 Nota Bene Period Orchestra presents “Bach’s Leipzig”, a concert of music by J.S Bach along with the music of his contemporaries and predecessors from the historic city of Leipzig, Germany.  The concert, which features local favourite, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Enns Modolo, will include a slide show with historical connections to our own city of Kitchener.


(CA) Musathena presents "Women of the Baroque" -- Concert (2011 March 6)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2011
Two concerts of Baroque Music by Women Composers performed by one of Canada’s newest baroque ensembles, Musathena.

Members of Musathena: Katherine Hill, soprano; Sheila Smyth & Valerie Sylvester, baroque violins; Rebecca Morton, baroque cello; Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord 

Enjoy the rare opportunity to hear some exquisite music written by seldom-heard women composers of the Baroque. The programme will include works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda and the enigmatic Mrs. Philarmonica. As an added bonus, the ensemble will be premiering a specially-commissioned work by Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum, a setting of a dialogue by Mary Sidney (1561-1621) in honour of Queen Elizabeth I. Countertenor Timothy Wong will join Musathena for this new work.


(CA) "Il Mio Sole" - Tactus Vocal Ensemble Concert (2011 March 12)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 19, 2011
An evening of sublime music will be performed in the magnificent spaces of Guelph’s Church of Our Lady Immaculate. Guest organist Christiaan Teeuwsen joins TACTUS to perform works chosen mainly from the Italian Renaissance.

There is a strong connection between the composers featured in our concert and the acoustically brilliant Sistine Chapel. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, champion of Rome's Counter Reformation, needs little introduction to lovers of early music. His student, the Spaniard, Tomas Luis de Victoria will be also represented.


(US) NOW DOES THE GLORIOUS DAY APPEAR Music for the Royal Women of Britannia - American Bach Soloists Concert (2011 February 25-28)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 19, 2011

Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel took great joy in composing music for their royal patrons, Queens Mary II of England, Anne of Great Britain, and Caroline of Ansbach. Join ABS, the American Bach Choir, and a quintet of splendid vocal soloists for a rare treat of sumptuous music! 


(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music (2011 May 13-21)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 19, 2011
This year's Festival takes a tour of Central Europe, from the Hanseatic trading towns of the Baltic coast through the courts and cities of Germany, Poland, Bohemia and Austria, to finish up by the waters of the Venetian lagoon.


(FR) Le Concours de Sous-Maître de la Chapelle Royale de 1683 (The "Sous-Maître" Competition at the Chappelle Royalle of 1683)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 18, 2011
For those of you who are interested in the intricacies of the politics of choosing a “Sous-Maître” at the Chappelle Royale.


(US) Music for Two Harpsichords -- Concert (2011-02-19)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2011

Saturday, 19 February 2011
First Moravian Church of
New York City
, NY

Harpsichord Unlimited presents Nickolai Sheikov & Elaine Comparone in a rare duo recital of music for two harpsichords.
Program:

  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Duetto for 2 Keyboards in F Major
  • Francois Couperin, Four Pieces
  • Padre Antonio Soler, Concerto #1 in C Major for 2 Harpsichords
  • Robert Baksa*, Duo Sonata #2 for 2 Harpsichords (1995)
  • Elodie Lauten, Indigo 2 for 2 Harpsichords (World Premiere)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue for Solo Harpsichord (BWV 903) -- Mr. Sheikov


(US) Venice and Versailles -- Concert by The Four Nations Ensemble (2011-02-21)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 14, 2011
Venice and Versailles
The Four Nations Ensemble
Christine Brandes, soprano

Music of Couperin, Leclair, Caldara, Strozzi and Hasse
25th Anniversary New York Concert Series
Monday, February 21/2011 at 8pm
The New Church
114 East 35 Street
New York City


(IT) Newly published at LIM - Libreria Musicale Italiana

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2011
Visit and browse newly available 2010-2011 musicological materials at LIM Editions. Some titles include: “Venetian-Hanoverian Patronage in 17th-Century“; “Alessandro Rolla (1754-1841) -- Un caposcuola dell'arte violinistica lombarda“; “Una nuova fonte della trattatistica musicale settecentesca“; “Musica e musicisti ad Ancona nel XVI secolo”;  and more …


(US) The Performance of 16th-Century - Music Learning from the Theorists -- Anne Smith (Oxford University Press - March 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2011

News from Oxford University Press, the soon to be published paperback/hardback: 

The Performance of 16th-Century Music will enable the performer to better understand this music and advance their technical and expressive abilities. Early music specialist Anne Smith outlines several major areas of technical knowledge and skill needed to perform the music of this period. 


(FR) 9e festival Mars en Baroque -- Concerto Soave (2011 March 11-23)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2011
Rendezvous for lovers of music and art, and not just Baroque!


(US) What’s Your Favorite Piece? -- Harmonia Early Music

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2011

The Harmonia Early Music website is running an interesting project. 

“We’re looking to put together a program of listener favorites and we need your help.


(US) Cançonièr and the Black Dragon -- Harmonia Early Music

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2011
…  The American medieval ensemble Cançonièr has taken inspiration from Benheim’s poem as well as the music from Dracula’s time. Their recording “The Black Dragon” includes traditional and art music of the period in addition to excerpts from the blood-curdling poem.


(US) The Counter Tenor Voice: An Online Journal -- Welcome to Our Second Issue

Contributed by Admin on Feb 06, 2011
Snow be damned, we have managed to pull together our sophomore issue! And what an issue we have for you.  Nature’s Way:  Vocal Production in Social Context by Dr. Peter Hennen, and my article, How to Handle Spelling Händel, cover topics close to the countertenor experience.


(CA) Bach Mass in B Minor -- Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (2011 Feb. 9-10, 12-13)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2011
Bach’s great monument to the human spirit, featuring the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra and a stunning cast of soloists, all under the direction of Choir Director Ivars Taurins.

Dorothee Mields, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone


(BE) Ninth Biennial International Margaret Cavendish Conference (2011 July 5-7)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2011
The Margaret Cavendish Society is pleased to announce its next meeting.

THEME: The Cavendishes and Anglo-European Cultural Exchange: Seventeenth-Century Dutch, Flemish and French Influences.

(US) Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat (2011 March 25-28)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2011
Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon

Imagine a long weekend filled with music-making, camaraderie, good food, and a beautiful setting in nature, and you are already having dreams of attending the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat.  Located just 20 miles east of Portland, and perched on a bluff overlooking the spectacular Columbia River, Menucha is an idyllic retreat center.