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(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices "A Festival of Lessons & Carols - Annual Free Family Concert" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

Location: Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

"Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, music director) for our annual holiday gift to our audiences, this traditional Festival of Lessons & Carols modeled after the event first performed at King's College Cambridge (England) in 1918 and performed every year there, and around the world, since.  We again honor a tradition of the festival and will debut a commissioned carol by Bay Area composer Angela Kraft Cross, using text by Bay Area poet Elisabeth Eliassen.  ...


(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) 2017 "A Glimpse of Who's Coming to the UK in May"

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

"International collaboration has always been the name of the game here at LFBM, and we’re delighted that in these increasingly tricky times we’re still able to keep visits to London by top artists from abroad as one of the main threads of our programming. If you’re a regular e-news reader, you’ll already know about ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego Seeks New Executive Director

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

(From a recent newsletter)

"Bach Collegium San Diego, the city’s premier early music performance ensemble, is searching for a new executive director, following the announcement that its first ever part-time executive director, Abigail McKee, will be leaving to become executive director of the prestigious Portland Baroque Orchestra. McKee will remain at the helm of Bach Collegium San Diego through their performances of Handel's Messiah on December 17–19. ...


(UK) Shakespeare's Globe - Play: "All the Angels" by Nick Drake (6 Dec 2016–12 Feb 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

Tuesday 6 December 2016 – Sunday 12 February 2017 Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

"Handel’s Messiah is arguably the world’s most popular choral work. But its story begins in the unlikely setting of a room above a pub in Chester, when the great Composer, detained by bad weather on his way to a season of concerts in Dublin, invites some unlikely local choristers to rehearse excerpts. It is not a success. So begins Handel’s struggle to stage the premiere of his great new work, confronted by seemingly insurmountable challenges, including the tricky librettist Charles Jennens, the actress Susannah Cibber who he trains to sing the most moving arias, and the mysterious Crazy Crow. ...


(DE) Carus Editions "St. John Passion - Heinrich Schütz"

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"With the St. John Passion the triad of Schütz’s settings of the Passion is now available within the framework of the complete recording of Schütz’s works by the Dresdner Kammerchor under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. The Passions are testimony to Schütz’s highly musical artistic aspirations, they are works of his old age and maturity with which an entire musical epoch reaches its conclusion. ...


(FR) "L'art du madrigal selon l'ensemble Voces suave" Review (by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"L'arte del madrigale, Œuvres de Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Agostini, Gesualdo, etc., ensemble Voces Suave. Éditions Ambronay 2016 (AMY 306). Recorded in Jujurieux, 13-17 Apr. 2016.

Voces Suaves is a vocal ensemble of ten singers assembled by the baritone Tobias Wicky in 2012, essentially all from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where are joined, as needed instrumentalists.

Their repertoire of predilection is music of the xvIth et xviith centuries with a preference for Italian repertoire. ...


(US) Desert Baroque Workshops and Festivals | "The Suite Life" (20-22 Jan 2017)

Contributed by sonialee on Dec 06, 2016

Location: In Greater Palm Springs, California, USA

The Suite Life is a thrilling intensive weekend dedicated to the harpsichord. Participants will be treated to performances and master classes by world-renowned harpsichordists including Elaine Funaro, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Sonia Lee, Gilbert Martinez, Charles Metz,  Webb Wiggins, and others. Whether you are simply an appreciator of the harpsichord, a performer new to the instrument or a professional harpsichordist, this is a weekend NOT TO BE MISSED. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach" (by Claire Seymour, 02 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"On Tuesday evening this week, I found myself at The Actors Centre in London’s Covent Garden watching a performance of Unknowing, a dramatization of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe (in a translation by David Parry, in which Matthew Monaghan directed a baritone and a soprano as they enacted a narrative of love, life and loss. Two days later at the Wigmore Hall I enjoyed a wonderful performance, reviewed here, by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Julien Chauvin’s Le Concert de la Loge, of cantatas by Telemann and J.S. Bach.

What connects these two events? Well, on both occasions I found myself contemplating ...

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