The 32nd Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008 focuses on Handel’s Belshazzar und further oratorio works.
The Old Testament, the text central to two world religions, relates of a mythical age when God intervened physically and by means of omens in human lives – the Age of Miracles. These biblical stories of revelation together with selected legends of the Saints furnished the Baroque period with ideal material for its preoccupation with the concept of pathos. Italy was the birthplace of a new, religious counterpart to opera which was then perfected in Rome: the oratorio. Three works based on biblical themes are at the centre of the 32nd Innsbruck Festival 2008 – two of them as staged productions. ...
This is the second International Academy for Early Music which will be organized by the Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) this summer.
It will offer a broad selection of master courses, a variety of chamber music with various instruments and additional courses for professional musicians, students and highly advanced amateurs. All courses may also be attended passively. ...
For lovers of rare musical instruments, the Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges long has been an astonishing if somewhat mysterious collection.
Its 1,200 instruments from around the world include an 18th century Italian mandolin, unusual over-the-shoulder military brasses from the Civil War era, a gourd fiddle from Africa and a 9-foot-long temple trumpet from Tibet. ...
A summer course in baroque period string-playing with the international violinist MARGARET FAULTLESS with Lucy Robinson (viola da gamba) and Andrew Wilson-Dickson (harpsichord and organ)
This course is offered for the first time, in the delightful surroundings of a small French country village and making use of its 12th-century church and a newly refurbished salle de musique with excellent acoustics. ...
It provides a rare and stimulating opportunity for amateur and semi-professional musicians, and those studying to embark on a musical career, to immerse themselves in baroque music in a friendly environment with the aid of excellent, experienced and helpful tutors. ...
Silk, Syrup, Saffron
"The Montreal Baroque Festival proudly presents its sixth edition, Silk, Syrup, Saffron In 2008, Quebec City commemorates the 400 anniversary of its founding. In honour of this, Montreal Baroque will celebrate the wealth of musical culture brought over by French immigrants… and also the creative influences of immigrants from many countries that have peopled and shaped the artistic landscapes of Montreal. Montreal is teeming with cultural diversity! In addition to the artistic traditions of the founding fathers, the French and the Scots, the city harbours a multitude of other cultural heritages: European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, North and South American, and Caribbean, each contributing to the sumptuous cultural patchwork of our city. ...
"We welcome players over 16 years of age (15, if accompanied by an adult course member who will accept full responsibility), at all levels from elementary to advanced players.
Each morning starts with a tutorial class. There will be advanced classes (by audition), intermediate classes, and also two permanent ensembles, at advanced and intermediate level. These two ensemble classes are for people who do not wish to work on specific solo repertoire. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 tutorial music. (EMN.org ed.)) For the people joining Intermediate 1, here are some scales. (Visit site for scales.(EMN.org ed.))
There are also twice daily ensembles, graded in order of difficulty, and students can attend whichever they choose. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 ensemble music. (EMN.org ed.)) ...
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