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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
(FR) Le Concours de Sous-Maître de la Chapelle Royale de 1683 (The "Sous-Maître" Competition at the Chappelle Royalle of 1683)
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.
- 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
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
(US) The Performance of 16th-Century - Music Learning from the Theorists -- Anne Smith (Oxford University Press - March 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.
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.
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
THEME: The Cavendishes and Anglo-European Cultural Exchange: Seventeenth-Century Dutch, Flemish and French Influences.
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.
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