(DE) Newsletter Update: "Bal de Versailles en costume XVIII ème" in Italy (23-24 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011

The“Bal de Versailles en costume du Grand Siècle et du Siècle des Lumières” will take place in Reggia Caserta Palazzo Campanie Caserta Italy, 23-24 June 2012.“

(UK) British Library Workshop: "Preserving historic photographs" (16 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 23, 2011

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

“Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. 

(US) Oxford's Holiday Sale -- Up to 65% Off!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 23, 2011

(A reminder from the latest Oxford newsletter of 22 Dec 2012.)

“It's never too late to find that perfect gift. There are still plenty of featured titles to choose from in Oxford's 2011 Holiday Sale. Don't miss this opportunity to save up to 65%.

(US) Newsletter: (22 Dec 2012): "Get Holiday Music Now at ArkivMusic"

Contributed by Admin on Dec 23, 2011

(From the latest Newsletter.)

“ If you need music for Christmas, we have it. King's College Choir, The Waverly Consort, Chanticleer, John Rutter, Canadian Brass, a Steinway Grand, a string quartet, and more -- all ready to be delivered immediately as digital downloads.

(US) Folger Consort New CD Release: A New Song (Record Label: Bard) (Release Date: Dec. 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 22, 2011
A New Song is Folger Consort’s first entirely new recording in eleven years. It was produced in 2011 as part of the worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

(UK) National Portrait Gallery: The First Actresses - Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons (20 Oct 2011 - 8 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 22, 2011
The First Actresses presents a vivid spectacle of femininity, fashion and theatricality in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain. 

(UK) The 2012 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music: 2012 Festival Newsletter #4 (18-26 May)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 22, 2011
In the recent 2012 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music Newsletter, there are more details of the upcoming concerts in May. Feel free to browse the concert listing and consider attending!

(US) Harmonia Mundi Christmas Music

Contributed by Admin on Dec 19, 2011
For those of you searching for the right choice in Christmas music, Harmonia Mundi, in its latest promotion, links to its website with all of its Christmas-related music available for browsing.

(CA) Tafelmusik presents: Handel Hercules (19-22 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 18, 2011
Koerner Hall,
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON Canada

“Handel’s “Musical Drama” Hercules – an English opera in all but name – seethes with the destructive power of sexual jealousy. With an incredibly dramatic score, Marshall Pynkoski’s concert staging, and featuring one of Handel’s most passionate female roles in Dejanira, Hercules’ wife and murderer, this is a Tafelmusik event not to be missed.“

(DE) Call For Papers: "The Art of Listening: Trends and Perspectives of a History of Music Listening" (12-14 Jul 2012) (CFP Deadline 15 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 18, 2011

Organized by Christian Thorau (Universität Potsdam), Hansjakob Ziemer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Since the mid-1990s and the publication of "Listening in Paris: A Cultural History" (1995), the path-breaking book by James Johnson, the history of music listening has been the focus of renewed interest in the fields of musicology, history and cultural studies. There have been a number of recent studies on music listening – as one among many forms of listening in modernity – that examine the act of listening in the concert within the broader context of music, social, cultural, and intellectual history.

(US) GEMS Showcase Concert for the Annual National Conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) (7 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 18, 2011
“Once again, for the 5th consecutive year, GEMS (Gotham Early Music Scene Inc.) is producing a showcase concert in conjunction with the annual national conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) held in New York City every January. 

(UK) Early Dance Circle (EDC) Annual Lecture: “Dance in eighteenth-century opera: Gluck, Mozart and Idomeneo” (Dr Irene Brandenburg, University of Salzburg) (17 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 18, 2011

(featuring a DVD of a “reconstruction” of the Chaconne in Idomeneo, made by Claudia Jeschke and Sibylle Dahms with dancer Rainer Krenstetter.)

“Irene Brandenburg is a musicologist and dance historian of the history of European musical theatre, with a focus on eighteenth-century Italian opera and ballet. She studied musicology and Romance studies at Salzburg University, receiving a doctor’s degree with distinction in 1996.


(US) Smithsonian Folkways Magazine — Dispatches from Latin America (Fall 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 17, 2011

(Although not specifically of early music content, this issue of the Smithsonian’s magazine: Folkways Magazine writes of Latin American traditional music. You may be interested in reading some of the articles. -- Ed.)

The new issue of  Smithsonian Folkways Magazine explores contemporary expressions of traditional music from Latin America: (summary of articles follows)

(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices: Boar's Head Festival (7-8 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 17, 2011

The Boar's Head Festival featuring the music of Medieval through Contemporary England
San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director)
Guest artists Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas and Celtic harper Diana Rowan

“Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices under the baton of Assistant Music Director, Katherine McKee along with guest artists Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas and Celtic harper Diana Rowan, dancers prepared by choreographer LeAnna Sharp, actors and of course our superb choristers for our second annual Boar's Head Festival.

(DE) Call for Papers: "The Journey of Music(s): Colonial Music Practice in the Age of Enlightenment" (Symposium: 7 Sep 2012) (CFP Deadline: 8 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 17, 2011

7 September 2012, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Half-day symposium as part of the 15th International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, "Music | Musics: Structures and Processes", 4-8 September 2012, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Call for Papers

This half-day symposium is dedicated to a topic that to this day remains under-researched within historical musicology: the forms and effects of colonial music practice during the age of Enlightenment. The heterogeneous characteristics of colonial politics exercised by the Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, Danish, and French allow researchers to draw conclusions regarding many aspects of their musical practices, including where they lie on the spectrum between segregation and acculturation and, in missionary contexts, accommodation of local musical traditions, syncretism, and the rites controversy. Furthermore, …

(CA) Call For Papers: AMS Pacific Northwest Chapter, Univ. of Alberta (27-29 Apr 2012) (CFP Deadline: 13 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 17, 2011
“The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest chapter will take place from 27 to 29 April 2012 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. The program committee, chaired by Professor Mary Ingraham, invites submissions of abstracts for 20-minute papers of up to 500 words, preferably as a Word, Rich Text, or PDF attachment.”

(UK) Jane Austen Dancers Annual Ball (18 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 16, 2011
The programme of Dances will include Round Dances, Longways Country Dances, Cotillions, Quadrilles and a Grand March. These will all be called. However, the complexities of a Quadrille are impossible to teach at a ball, so it is important that all Quadrille participants be familiar with the steps and figures beforehand.

(IT) Musica Antica a Magnano: 27th Festival 2012 (27 Jul - 1 Sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 16, 2011
“The Festival concerts are held in August and early September. These events offer the opportunity to hear historically informed performances of early music on either original instruments or copies. The antique beauty of the buildings in which they take place, a 12th-century church and the town's 17th-century church, enhance this experience.

(UK) Norwich Early Dance Group News: Early Dance Festival 2012 (13 Oct 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 16, 2011
“Norwich Early Dance Group are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the Early Dance Festival in 2012, for the second time. …

(UK) Renaissance Footnotes News: 10th Annual Workshop of 16th Century Italian (28-29 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 16, 2011

A Weekend of Sixteenth Century Italian Dance Taught by Mary Collins

We will be hosting our 10th weekend course on renaissance dance on 28th and 29th January 2012 at Hurst Village Hall.

(UK) Opera Today Review: François Couperin by Florilegium, Wigmore Hall by Claire Seymour (28 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 15, 2011
“Although François Couperin won his reputation as an esteemed composer at the ostentatious and vainglorious court of Versailles, under the patronage of Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, his work is often surprisingly discreet and intimate. 

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