(US) University of Michigan Press - Recently Published: "Ornamentalism The Art of Renaissance Accessories" (2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 27, 2011
Edited and with an Introduction by Bella Mirabella

Original essays by leading scholars on the significance of accessories in the cultural, social, and political lives of men and women in the Renaissance.

Renaissance people understood that honor and good graces were marked by being properly attired and by wearing distinctive ornaments. An examination of material life and fashion in the early modern period reveals the crucial role ornaments played in social, political, and cultural negotiations of power and identity.

(US) American Musicological Society Rocky Mountain Chapter: Annual Meeting, Univ. of Northern Colorado, (30-31 Mar 2012) (CFP Deadline: 15 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 27, 2011

(From the AMS mailing list)

Call for Papers

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society will hold its annual meeting on 30-31 Mar, 2012, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. The meeting will be held jointly with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Music Theory.

(US) BEMF Holiday Sale Extended to January 1-Save on tickets and CDs!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 25, 2011

(From the latest BEMF news -- ed.)

“Due to overwhelming response, we will be extending our Holiday Sale through January 1, 2012!

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Wishes of Christmas

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011

“Arion Orchestre Baroque would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with music! They also send a link to“Michel Corrette: Symphonie des Noëls #2 en ré majeur, mvt 1 (Allegro)” for your enjoyment pleasure on this very day.

Merci Arion!

For more information on the group, visit the Arion Orchestre Baroque website.

(CA) Merry Christmas, Holiday Wishes and Best of Wishes in the New Year!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011

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(UK) Cambridge University Press - New Publication: "Performing Operas for Mozart Impresarios, Singers and Troupes" ( Ian Woodfield, Queen's University Belfast)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011
“The Italian opera company in Prague managed by Pasquale Bondini and Domenico Guardasoni played a central role in promoting Mozart's operas during the final years of his life. Using a wide range of primary sources which include the superb collections of eighteenth-century opera posters and concert programmes in Leipzig and the Indice de' teatrali spettacoli, an almanac of Italian singers and dancers, this study examines the annual schedules, recruitment networks, casting policies and repertoire selections of this important company.

(US) The Countertenor Voice: An Online Journal (Latest Issue) (Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011
“Hello Dear Readers,

We have been hibernating for the past month or so, but will return in force mid-January with more articles and reviews!

(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.

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