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(US) New York Times: "A New Weapon for Battling Cellphones in Theaters: Laser Beams" (by Amy Quin, 14 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Mar 16, 2016

"BEIJING — Audience members using cellphones bedevil performers and presenters around the world. But in China, theaters and other venues have adopted what they say is an effective — others might say disturbing — solution. ...


(US) Baroque Band Concert: "Veiled Beauty: Forgotten Treasures of the French Baroque" (13 Apr 2016)

Contributed by baroqueband on Mar 16, 2016

Forgotten Treasures of the French Baroque. Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Music by Leclair, Hotteterre, Chauvon and Guillemain.

Join Baroque Band’s musicians in the intimate setting of Chicago’s beautiful Driehaus Museum for an hour-long program of enchanting chamber music.


(US) Boston Early Music Festival Fundraiser: "A Springtime Sorée" (19 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2016

"Join us for a festive evening of delights, with special treats and surprises of all kinds!

Celebrate a sparkling year with entertainment by some of BEMF's most beloved artists, including Amanda Forsythe, Aaron Sheehan, Jesse Blumberg, and others ..."


(US) Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) Fundraiser

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2016

"Show your love for TEMP during this fabulous fundraiser! 

Our challenge this year is twofold:

1. Funding: our goal is to raise $10,000 for the upcoming season. We have a LOT of new and exciting programs in store as well as the familiar ones you know and love, and we need your help to make this possible. ...


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Announces its Updated Catalogue

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2016

(From a recent LIM newsletter)

Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Announces its Updated Catalogue.

"Founded in 1988 with the aim of publishing facsimile editions of music and musicography from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, LIM has developed a solid editorial activity in all branches of music culture and musicology. ...


(US) Naxos - Paladino Music Label CD Release: "PEDRINI, T.: Complete Violin Sonatas" (Release, originally 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 22, 2016

"Teodorico Pedrini had quite the journey during his lifetime. Over the course of eight years, he traveled from Italy to the Canary Island, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. Pedrini is the sole 18th-century composer of which we know that wrote European compositions in China, where he finally arrived in 1711. Upon arrival in Beijing, he worked for emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong until he died in 1746. ...


(UK) Medieval Music in the Dales (2-4 Sep 2016) (Crowdfunding Deadline 28 March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 22, 2016

"Medieval Music in the Dales brings together musicians, dancers, instrument makers, crafts people, medieval enthusiasts and music lovers for a long weekend of wonderful music-making in an awesome medieval setting: Bolton Castle in gorgeous Wensleydale. Whether you enjoy listening to music, playing music, dancing or just enjoying a wonderful spectacle in a gorgeous setting - this is for you. ...


(ES) Ediciones Singulares

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"Ediciones Singulares is a publishing imprint specializing in the production of stylish book-CDs which set music securely into its historical, cultural and social background and discourse. The series “Los escritores y la música”, with six titles already published and with new releases in preparation, has been acting as our means of introduction into the Spanish publishing market, and its reception there has been extremely positive.  ...


(US) Wired Magazine Article: "This Huge Cat’s Cradle Embodies the Great Fugues of Bach" (by Liz Stinson, 02 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"... If cat’s cradle has a musical equivalent, it would be the fugue. In classical music, the fugue is often considered the most complex form a piece could take. To the untrained ear, it sounds simple, but it’s anything but. In a fugue, a series of independent voices and instruments extrapolate on a common theme, simultaneously competing and complementing each other, but ultimately coming together to create an interwoven tapestry of sound. ...


(US) Naxos CD Release: "GRATIANI, B.: Cantatas (Consortium Carissimi, Comeaux)" (Consortium Carissimi, Garrick Comeaux, conductor, Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"Bonifazio Graziani, maestro di cappella at the Jesuit Church in Rome, is now emerging as one of the most eminent figures of the mid-seventeenth century Roman baroque period, the so-called Scuola romana. Like his great contemporary, Giacomo Carissimi, he favoured the genre of the solo cantata for one, two, three and four voices. The liturgical cantatas, or motets, from Musiche sagre e morali, are notable for their tremendously varied subject matter, ranging from  ...


(UK) Linn Records CD Release: "Trevor Pinnock ~ Journey" (12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock's programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón's life but also through his own enviable career. ...


(US) Naxos (Dynamic label) DVD Release: "Hasse, J.A.: Artaserse (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2012)" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premièred in Venice in 1730 by the most famous singers of the day: Farinelli in the role of Arbace, Cuzzoni as Mandane and the castrato Nicolino as Artabano. Following its initial success, Hasse produced two different versions of the work, the first in 1740 and the second in 1760. ...


(DE) Deutsche Grammophone - Archiv Produktion CD Release: "Magdalena Kožená Monteverdi" (19 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"To celebrate the Monteverdi year in 2017, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená presents her first ever Monteverdi arias album on our label. Inspired by the improvisational nature of this music, she reveals another aspect of her musical personality and presents an album full of real hits! The album is released this month. ...


(US) Semibrevity -- Remembering Our Early Music Pioneers

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

We often wonder of our music pioneers who championed the early music movement in years gone by. This is where the Semibrevity website steps in and helps the collective memory with blog posts, audio clips and historical facts that ...


(US) Yahoo! News Article: "Italy aims to keep art, artifacts safe from extremist abroad" (by (AP) Frances D'Emilio, 16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

" Italy is teaming with the United Nations' cultural agency to try to keep ancient artworks, monuments, artifacts and archaeological sites in conflict areas out of the hands of extremists. ...


(UK) The Strad Article: " Danish National Chamber Orchestra secures funding for the next three years" (12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

(Not really of an early music organization, but perhaps of interest of the power of crowdfunding in fundraising planning. -- Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNew.org editor)

"In January 2015 the 75-year-old ensemble organised a Kickstarter crowdfunding initiative, following the sudden cancellation of its state subsidy at the end of 2014. The £300,000 target needed to fund the 2015 season was successfully met with the help of private donations from individuals and local businesses. ..."

Visit The Strad website to read the full article.


(ES) GlossaMusic.com CD Release: "GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL(1685-1759) Imeneo, HWV 41" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

"Fabio Biondi signs his fifth release on Glossa with a further opera exploration, here with Europa Galante and providing a vital interpretation of Handel’s late opera Imeneo, given in its serenade style 1742 Dublin version.

If, by this date, the London public was tiring of the Italian opera in which Handel had been excelling for decades, and the composer was now turning both to the oratorio and in the direction of the galant style, he was still able to call upon divos and divas of the quality of La Francesina and Giovanni Battista Andreoni to perform his music.  ...


(DE) Carpe Diem Records New CD Release: ""Quando cala la notte" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

"This album of Corina Marti, harpsichord and Enea Sorini, tenor,  features a selection of songs and instrumental pieces from Early 16th Century Italy. Being a rather soft and intimate program, it contains Frottole, Ricercari, Dances and other Italian keyboard music, along with seven songs for voice and harpsichord. ...


(NL) The Largest Recorder Catalogue Worldwide

Contributed by admin on Feb 19, 2016

(From a recent Jorge Isaac newsletter item)

"The online Catalogue of the Recorder Foundation (Stichting Bloklfuit) has become the wikipedia of Recorder Repertory worldwide. The Recorder Foundation and the Catalogue of Contemporary Blockflute Music (CCBM) was created after a massive effort by Walter van Hauwe in 1988. The Catalogue of Historical Recorder Repertory (CHRR) was created in the year 2000 by Paul Leenhouts.

I [Jorge Isaac] have been in charge of this project for the past 10 years. I am very happy to see the steadily increasing amount of users from all over the globe. The users search for all kind of data within both, the early music and the contemporary music catalogue. ...


(NL) YouTube Video: Jorge Isaac: Blockflute (Recorder) Demonstration (07 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"Recorder virtuoso Jorge Isaac demonstrates the Blockflute (Recorder) for composers and players. Jorge Isaac is Recorder Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and artistic director of the Visisonor Foundation. ...


(US) The Smart Set Online New Article: "Should Taxpayers Subsidize the Arts?" (by Michael Lind, 11 Fab 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... Controversies over public funding of controversial art like the Mapplethorpe exhibit have long been out of proportion to the actual amounts of money that are involved. According to Daniel Reid in a 2013 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities essay entitled “An American Vision of Federal Arts Subsidies: Why and How the U.S. Government Should Support Artistic Expression,” the role of the federal government in art funding is quite limited ...


(FR) Paris in France "Balls and Banquets" -- a series of conferences around gastronomy and dance!

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Three encounters led by Alan Jones, author of the "Dictionnaire du désir de la bonne chère" Champion of 2012.

Come enrich yourself of the customs of the table, and dancing (if you wish) a few steps from Italian Renaissance or unusual musical repertoire as rarely heard of as the recipes! ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " BBC considering scrapping channel-based structure in radical shakeup" (by Jasper Jackson, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"The BBC is considering scrapping its decades-old channel and radio station-based structure in a radical shakeup which would see a cull of executive posts.

The plans are being looked at as part of attempts to reduce management layers to help fund cuts of more than £550m a year due to ...


(UK) Wigmore Hall Upcoming Concert Line-ups

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

A lot going on at Wigmore Hall, especially with its early music fare of concerts:

  • 18 Feb: Avi Avital mandolin; Mahan Esfahani harpsichord; Sean Shibe guitar -- Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Ben-Haim and more
  • 19 Feb: Carolin Widmann violin -- Telemann, Zimmermann, Pascal Dusapin and Bach
  • 21 Feb: Doric String Quartet - Haydn String Quartets Op. 76 – Part 2
  • 23 Feb: Theatre of the Ayre; Elizabeth Kenny - Sacred Theatre: Solo songs, dialogues and scenes by Purcell and his contemporaries
  • 01 Mar: The English Concert - Handel’s Orlando
  • 13-19 May: London Festival of Baroque Music

...


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Katherine McKee music director Concert: "Renaissance Music for Multiple Choirs" (27 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Location: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, US

These exciting finale concerts of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) 2015-16 Season, "The Grand Tour," features works for multiple choirs - a musical sampler from across Europe including Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain & the Lowlands.  Our Grand Promenade around Europe will include a northerly jaunt into Scotland, with excerpts from Robert Carver's Missa dum Sacrum Mysterium. On the Continent we'll visit the lowlands for Josquin's 24 voice motet Qui habitat & music by exiled Englishman Peter Philips, & tour Germany & Austria for works by Handel, Hassler, & Praetorius.  The southern leg of our journey will include the brilliance of Spanish composers Victoria, Raval, & Guerrero, as well as favorites by that quintessential international genius Orlando di Lasso, including O la, o che bon eccho. ...

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