Organist, choir director and founder of The Renaissance Society
“In a musical career spanning over four decades Michael Howard influenced many hundreds of musicians, both amateur and professional. He holds a significant place in the history of the twentieth century revival of interest in pre-Baroque music.
Michael Howard was born in 1922 the son of Frank Howard a distinguished viola player who had been a founding member of Beecham's Philharmonic orchestra and player in Andre Mangeot's International String Quartet. His lifelong love of steam traction was sparked by the family home's proximity to the GWR ("God's Wonderful Railway") and to Walpole Park in Ealing which was used by the travelling fairgrounds. …
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(From a recent Arion Baroque Orchestra newsletter)
Christmas: a time of rejoicing, enchantingly depicted by Michel Corrette! Celebrate our kick-off to the holidays with Arion as we perform excerpts of Corrette's Symphonies des Noëls.
Chantal Rémillard and Tanya LaPerrière baroque violin; Jacques-André Houle, viola; Amanda Keesmaat, cello; Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord …
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA, USA
“The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory will present their annual Christmas concert following the customary format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols sung at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes works by Viadana, Cozzolani, Pitoni, Berlioz, Duruflé, and Lauridsen, music from 13th & 14th century England, and traditional Christmas carols with audience participation. Please join us for an evening of ancient and traditional holiday music.“
(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) 3rd Annual Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala (5,6 Jan 2013)
- 5 Jan - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco CA, USA
- 6 Jan - First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer, Palo Alto CA, USA
“San Francisco Renaissance Voices, under the direction of Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director, combines our two most popular events this year for a grand celebration of Twelfth Night and Mid-Winter presided over by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I!San Francisco Renaissance Voices will be joined by Phantom of the Opera's Susan Gundunas, soprano, Diana Rowan, Celtic harp and Adam Cockerham, theorbo. …
(US) Amberican Bach Soloists (ABS), Jeffrey Thomas-Artistic Director Concert: Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral (20, 21, 22 Dec 2012)
Location: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA, USA
“Always a sell-out, year after year, ABS's performances of Handel's enduring masterwork are celebrated as one of Northern California's most treasured holiday traditions. A superb quartet of vocal soloists and the American Bach Choir …
Location: L’église Saint-Pierre-des-Charteux de Toulouse, Toulouse FR
Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard will present a concert (free entry) of fortepiano and organ on the occasion of the première release of her new CD “Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - Dans la bibliothèque des Esterházy” (Hortus label).