(From the latest Bach in the Subways newsletter)
On Saturday, March 21, 2015 Johann Sebastian Bach turns 330 years old.
1000's of musicians in dozens of countries around the world will offer his music to the public as a gift and as an invitation to further explore classical music.
Bach in the Subways is an INTERNATIONAL movement founded by cellist Dale Henderson to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form. Every year on March 21, Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, musicians around the world celebrate Bach in the Subways Day by ...
(From a recent newsletter item from the LFBM -- formerly the "Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music")
The box office is open to take your calls or book online via our website ...
"Welcome to the London Festival of Baroque Music!
Those of you who have been with us in our previous guise as the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music will know that we value our programming themes highly, and it is with pride that we offer in our inaugural year a celebration of the feminine presence in Baroque music. It’s quite a subject and, as you’ll see in our programme, it has enabled us to invite our usual array of the world’s finest Baroque performers. ...
(News from a recent email from Andrew Collis)
"This versatile Duo perform on a variety of instruments in entertaining and informative programmes. Their repertoire ranges from Italian 14th Century Dances to Contemporary Music. ...
(From a recent newsletter from LIM)
Libreria Musicale Italian (LIM) announces the availability of its newest addition: "Il Farinelli Ritrovato" (edited by Luigi Verdi). Proceedings of the Conference of studies Bologna May 29, 2012 by Luigi Verdi) ...
(From the latest Harmonia Early Music January 9th newsletter)
"A 2014 Linn records release of the viol consort Phantasm and the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, is dedicated to the music of John Ward and his compositions for voices and viols. ...
(From the latest Nota Bene Baroque Players Newsletter)
News from the Nota Bene Baroque Players ~ Julie Baumgartel, Artistic Director (NBBP) of its upcoming concert line-up in January 2015:
"In Search of Beauty" (Jan. 11th): "Featuring works for 2 and 3 solo parts, and even an oboe concerto! We will hear some of the finest instrumental music from Albinoni, Uccellini, Corelli, Biber, Buonamente, Fux and Buxtehude. ..."
"The Mystery Solved" (Jan. 17th and 18th): "Tafelmusik's principal horn Derek Conrod and his protégé, Joe Sharp join NBBP with a virtuosic concerto for 2 horns by Vivaldi, as well as excerpts from Handel’s Water Music. Along the way they promise to solve the mystery of the valveless horn in a surprising demonstration that ...
(From a recent Harmonia Early Music newsletter -- by Elizabeth Clark Posted November 30, 2014)
"On October 11, 2014, five early music ensembles performed in Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition. This hour on Harmonia, we’ll hear from all five finalists, including the 2014 Grand Prize winner. Plus, ...
(From a recent notice from The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music)
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Annette Richards and Matthew Head will provide the keynote addresses in this two-day conference. Other invited speakers will include: Yonatan Bar-Yoshafat, Keith Chapin, Hans-Günter Ottenberg, Sheila Guymer, Thomas Irvine, Estelle Joubert, John McKean, Joshua Walden, and Susan Wollenberg.
The conference will also feature a clavichord recital by David Gerrard and a fortepiano recital by John Irving.
From a recent BEMF newsletter concert reminder.
"The all-star performers of BEMF’s own Vocal & Chamber Ensembles kick off our 25th Anniversary Season with an exquisite program featuring music from Monteverdi’s eighth and final book of madrigals, led by Grammy-nominated Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs.
If you are interested in early dance, you may be interested in visiting the "Early Dance" website where there is a current list of dance workshops, lessons, and events. The website has just gone through a website update where there is use of maps with location pins; the site also now lists dance events in a more visual format.
From a recent Harmonia Sacra newsletter of 10 Oct 2014
A reminder of 2 concerts this weekend ~ "When Loves soft passion ..." on 11 Oct 2014 and "Voix sacrées & Sacrées voix!" 12 Oct 2014. "Harmonia Sacra awaits this Saturday at the first of the season's "Avant-Scène baroque" at the Phoenix. We hope to see you there!" ...
(US) New Comma Baroque News Release: " 300 Years of C.P.E. Bach and music-making at the court of Frederick the Great"
October 8, 2014 - This fall, New Comma Baroque presents 2 special programs celebrating 300 Years of C.P.E. Bach and music-making
at the court of Frederick the Great:
- Oct. 30, 2014 - Johann Gottlieb Graun's Concerto for Violin, Viol & Orchestra in c-minor
- Nov. 1 & 16, 2014 - In the Court of the Prussian King - Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great
From a recent appeal from the Lark Camp organizers. Please be generous to the camp with your donations. (Editor)
"Lark Camp needs more 100 more commitments in order to happen in 2015 by Monday October 13
Coming up in less than one week.
HELP US DECIDE IF WE CAN OFFER LARK CAMP 2015. We personally foot the bill for the camp, and the expenses in 2015 are going to increase radically.
Reserved dates July 31-August 8, 2015
WE NEED YOUR COMMITMENT by October 13
(US) The New York Times article: "More Paris Institutions Turn to Crowd-Funding" By Doreen Carvajal (07 Oct 2014)
A sign of the times that is certainly being applied to many early music organizations. You may find this article an interesting read. (Marc Paré, Editor)
"PARIS — The Louvre kicked off its latest crowd-funding campaign on Tuesday with an appeal for a million euros to help fund ...
(US) Opera Today: "Operalia, the World Opera Competition, Showcases 2014 Winners" Review by Maria Nockin (02 Sept. 2014)
From a recent OperaToday news item.
"On August 30, Los Angeles Opera presented the finals concert of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the world opera competition. Founded in 1993, the contest endeavors to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. Thousands of applicants send in recordings from which forty singers are chosen to perform live in the city where the contest is being held. Last year it was Verona, Italy, this year Los Angeles, next year London. ...
(CA) Call for Papers and Performances | HKSNA 2015 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Deadline 30 Sep 2014)
2015 Conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)
Conference Date: May 21-24, 2015, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Proposal submission deadline for 2015 meeting: September 30, 2014 ...
From a recent Consort de Danse Baroque newsletter
"We were a bit late putting next term's dates online, which means that we're having to send this notification from our summer school, without the normal individually customised date lists. To view the dates of classes in London, Cardiff, Bath, Gloucester and Exeter, ...
From a recent Nancy Carlin Associates newsletter, and, from the Lute Society of America Inc., the following news item ...
"As you may know, our friend, the lute teacher Pat O'Brien (1947-2014) passed away a few weeks ago. Pat's family has asked the New York Continuo Collective to arrange a memorial and music to celebrate his life and teaching. It will take place at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2014 in New York City at St. Luke Lutheran Church. The church is located at 308 West 46th Street (the South side of 46th street, just West of 8th Avenue). All are welcome.
(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Why watching classical music through Google Glass is a waste of time" (By Ivan Hewett 13 Aug 2014)
From a recent article in The Telegraph, a news article extolling the virtues (or not) of the use of Google Glass technology in music performances. While perhaps not be best of medium to view and hear a performance, but, as one commentator suggests, a way by which to augment the performance with such options as extra performance notes or even translations of libretto, etc. You be the judge ...
From the latest newsletter from the Shakespeare Trust
"There's still plenty of time to make the most of the Summer holidays at Shakespeare's family homes! ...
EarlyMusicNews.org joins the early music world in commemorating the death and contribution of Mr. Frans Brüggen to the early music movement. He will be sorely missed by all of us. For more information of his passing, visit (UK) The Guardian website.
" ...For their first revival of the production, Glyndebourne brought back conductor Olivier Dantone, and assembled a cast which showcased the modern counter-tenor revival by including a total of four in the cast. . Unusually for a modern performance of a Handel opera, all the male characters were played by men ...
As with previous years, the singing competition will take place during the "Innsbruck Festival of Early Music"
"The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti will take place in Innsbruck for the fifth time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 21 August. ... "
If you are in the region of Innsbruck, you may want to consider attending some of the concerts at this year's Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.
"The stars were favourable for music in 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Domenico Scarlatti were born. The three bright stars that shone over the baroque era are the focus of the 2014 Innsbruck Festival. Presenting masterpieces from the opera, the church, the concert hall and the chamber. To round off the picture, there will also be music by the father figures and teachers of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti, by friends and contemporaries as well as by their sons’ generation. ...
A recent reminder from the organisers of the "Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden" (DE), reminding us that if in the area of Knechtsteden, consider the upcoming Festival concert lineups and symposium dates. (Read on) ...
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