(From a recent The Sixteen news release)
“ We are thrilled to announce that The Sixteen’s founder and conductor Harry Christophers has been recognised in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List, receiving a CBE1 for services to music.
(From the latest Cambridge Early Music newsletter)
“Cambridge Early Music's next concert … on Wednesday 27th June, at 8.00pm in St John's College Chapel. I urge you to come and hear The Bach Players, whose captivating playing inspires reviews such as this: "Intimate, infused with joy and overflowing with genuine affection, this is music-making which combines enthusiasm and craftsmanship to create something both rare and precious." - International Record Review …
(From the latest Salon Sanctuary newsletter and on fundraising -- editor)
“Many of you got to know our new 501(c) 3 fiscal sponsor last December, as the co-producer of More Between Heaven and Earth, our original music-theater work based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway. …
A reminder that the Printemps Des Arts Festival Nantes is underway. If you are in the area of Nantes, you may want to take in a concert or two that are available during its final days.
(From the latest Chants de Vielles newsletter)
“For eight years, the organization Chants de Vielles has produced a festival on the second weekend of September in the little village of Calixa-Lavallée in the Montérégie region of Québec, a cultural event of superb quality and artistic impact. …
For those of you who are interested in downloading your early music titles, you may want to consider registering to the eClassical newsletter. There have recently been a push to offer more titles in 24-bit quality recording throughout the music distribution industry of which available through the eClassical webstore. In addition, eClassical offers their 24-bit Friday weekly release specials as an additional incentive to its newsletter customers.
(From the latest Jean Cassignol newsletter)
“The first live videos of Paganini's complete Caprices whose transcription for the recorder or transverse flute will soon be available at Soldano's are purely documentary: they will be replaced by a better version as soon as possible.”
Iberian Music of the Old and New World, From the Discovery to the Independence of the Americas
Aula Magna de la Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. Valparaíso (Chile) (30 jun 2012)
Teatro Municipal de Las Condes. Santiago de Chile (3 jul 2012)
Teatro de la Universidad de Chile – Centro de Extensión Artística y Cultural (4 jul 2012)
Celia Alcedo, soprano
Pedro Bonet, recorder y conductor
Belén González Castaño, recorder
Jordi Comellas, viola de gamba
Ramiro Morales, baroque guitar
Works of Cancionero de Palacio, Anónimo, Falconiero, Hidalgo, Murcia Torrejón de Velasco, Martínez Compañón, Salas, Salazar, Locatelli, Ceruti
(From the latest Renaissance Singers newsletter)
Location: St George's Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2HR, UK
“Please join us at the stunning Hawksmoor church, St George's Bloomsbury, for our final concert of the season - Saints and Sinners. The Catholic Church has always celebrated exceptionally holy figures and encouraged the faithful to turn to saints for aid. We present the finest Renaissance music written in honour of these intercessors and advocates. From the exuberance of Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus to reflective hymns for St Francis, from the serenity of Taverner's O Wilhelme pastor bone to rumbustious hymns for Thomas Becket, we evoke a host of saints in music. …
(A previously recorded programme celebrating Father’s day.)
“Even though Father’s Day is a recent invention, we thought it would be fun to explore early music by drawing inspiration from popular gifts ideas for good ‘ol Dad. …”
Location: Misty Mountain Coffee, 33 Queen St. S, Kitchener ON, CA
Misty Mountain Coffee & Nota Bene Baroque
Present “Bach's Coffee House“ A Musical Event inspired by 18th C. Leipzig
Sunday June 23, 2012
7 A.M. till 5 P.M.
Live Baroque music played on period instruments, an instrument petting zoo, and door prizes.
No reservations or admissions cost (Come as you are and drop in when you wish.)
(From a recent GEMS email …)
P O S T P O N E D
“Due to the unexpected hospitalization early this morning of one of the artists,
we must postpone tomorrow night's concert.
It will be re-scheduled for the fall.
Details will be announced in the "Notes on the Scene" newsletter
and on the GEMS website.
Thank you for your support and understanding.”
Location: Conservatory of Music, San Francisco CA, US
“The American Bach Soloists bring the 2011-12 season to a close with an extraordinary array of performances, recitals, lectures, master classes, and colloquia during the annual AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS FESTIVAL & ACADEMY. Held July 12-22, 2012, at San Francisco’s elegant and spacious Conservatory of Music, the 11-day music festival presents twenty-three exciting events. As one of the world’s newest Bach festivals and the first of its kind in San Francisco, the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy has become a major attraction on the summer music calendar, joining America's other great Bach Festivals in Carmel CA, Eugene OR, and Bethlehem PA. … ”
(From a recent Grigorian.com newsletter)
“11 JUNE 2012 (TORONTO, ON) — Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, is delighted to announce the June 19 release of Beethoven For All, a two-CD compendium of some of the composer’s best known and beloved works. Comprised of selections from the symphonies, piano sonatas and piano concertos, all works are performed and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, whom The Times has described as, “…one of the few musicians in the world today who could accurately be described as legendary.”
In keeping with the spirit of Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is comprised of musicians from a variety of Mideast countries, the Canadian release of Beethoven For All is accompanied by a celebratory concert comprised of Canadian musicians from all corners. UMC, Decca, Classical 96, L’Atelier Grigorian and Lippert Music have banded together to sponsor a search for 12-15 musicians, amateur or semi-professional, any age and any instrument, to perform a selection by Beethoven. …
Book Launch: “Off The Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing” by Neal Peres da Costa
Location: Recital Hall East and Atrium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney AU
“Some of us have very, very busy recently (in fact, for the past few years)...Neal, our wonderful keyboard specialist - harpsichord, fortepiano, historic pianoforte - has a very special event coming up soon that we would like to tell you all about. We hope you may be able to come along, hear all about his new book, and hear Neal with Ironwood putting some of the book into practice with a bit of Brahms. This is the book, the research & the musician that is informing Ironwood's performances in music of the mid-late 19th century German repertoire. A very special & historic - maybe even hip - evening... “
Cambridge Early Music: St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge (27 June, 2012)
St John’s Downshire Hill, London NW3 (28 June, 2012)
The Octagon Chapel, Norwich (29 June, 2012)
Music in Lyddington: St Andrew’s, Lyddington (30 June, 2012)
The Bach Players present a selection of pieces that J.S. Bach had in his library and which provide a context for his celebrated Orchestral Suite in B minor. The flute was the fashionable instrument of the mid-eighteenth century and will take a prominent role in our programme.
(Recently mentioned on various music-related websites.)
A recent petition organized by the International Federation of Musicians is being promoted by many groups. If you are a professional musician travelling the air spaces of Europe, you may want to read up on the reasons behind this petition.
Click on the following link should you wish to read more of the petition: Fair treatment for musicians travelling on planes with their instruments
(* Please note that EarlyMusicNews.org is only passing on this message for information purposes only and is in no way involved in organizing nor advocating a positive or negative response to this petition. -- Marc Paré, Editor)
Location: Palace Clam-Gallas, Husova 20, Prag 1 CZ
The Institute Baroque Culture in cooperation with organizers of Prague Carnevale present in a new production for Summer Season 2012 series of musical- dance images from famous ballets and operas XVII. and XVIII. century in performances called:
QUAND LES DIEUX DANSENT / When the Gods Dance
SEGRETO / Secret of Prague Palace
VIVAT CARNEVALE / Vivat Carnevale
(US) Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies (Fellowship Grant Deadline: 1 nov 2012)
(US) Hidden Valley Institute For the Arts - Early Music Road Scholar (28 oct-3 nov, 4 nov-10 nov 2012)
Letitia Berlin, workshop director; Peter Meckel, HVIA director
Location: Carmel Valley, CA
Enroll for one or both weeks. Adults of all ages welcome.
- Week I: intense classes for upper intermediate to advanced levels. Harpsichordists welcome. Faculty: recorder: Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, Lisette Kielson; viola da gamba: David Morris
- Week 2: open to all levels except beginner. Harpsichordists welcome. Faculty: Recorder, Janet Beazley, Tish Berlin, Frances Blaker; Viola da gamba, Joanna Blendulf; early strings, Shira Kammen
Classes include recorder technique, viol consort, Baroque chamber music, consort classes for Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary repertoire, workshop orchestra. Evening events include faculty concert, student concert, free-lance playing. Free Wednesday afternoon for more playing or sightseeing. Improve your playing in a supportive, friendly atmosphere with world-class teachers.
(From the latest Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden 2012 newsletter)
Location: Dormagen, DE
The program of the 21st EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Knechtsteden has now been posted online. You may also find many slideshows from last year’s performances as well as a few videos.
This year’s festival concerts feature an interesting mix of performers such as …
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