(US) New York Times Review: "Love Triangles Centuries Old but Somehow Ageless" (James R. Oestreich, 13 June 2013)
Location: Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF)
With the looming end of this year's BEMF, reviews of the centre piece of the festival performance series, Handel's "Almira", are in and are calling it a decisive success.
Thursday, July 4th – Bouzonville (Lorraine, France), abbey-church of Ste Croix, 8pm
Friday, July 5th - Plappeville (Lorraine, France), church of Ste Brigide, 8:30pm
Saturday, July 6th - Châtel st Germain (Lorraine, France), church of St Michel, 8pm
This program presents an idealized musical reconstruction of the church service enforced between 16th and 17th century in Italy, after the Council of Trento. It offers sacred vocal and instrumental works ...
(US) Bach Society Houston: "Chamber Music: Virtuoso violin music from the Dresden Court" (26 May 2013)
Location: Christ the King Luther Church, Houston Texas, US
"About this Series: Chamber Music features works written for small ensemble, originally intended for the intimate setting of a court chamber or private home. ...
Location: Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London, UK
(From Opera Today article submitted by Robert Hugill (23 April 2013))
"A brand new award to promote opera has been unveiled in London.The Opera Awards were founded by John Allison (editor of Opera Magazine) and Harry Hyman (of the Nexus Group) to promote opera as an art form, to widen the audience for opera and recognise opera throughout the world. ...
Locations: Various locations in UK and IE (see list below)
"In 2013 world-renowned choir The Sixteen presents its most far-reaching Choral Pilgrimage tour yet, encompassing 35 concerts around the UK and Ireland. The tour, entitled The Queen of Heaven, will see Harry Christophers CBE and his choir perform glorious music in churches and cathedrals for which it was written. ...
A reminder from Akadêmia of their upcoming "Gloria - Vivaldi" concerts. If you are in the area of the following regions, feel free to attend a concert. You will find them at the following locations:
- 29 May 2013, REIMS (51), Eglise Saint-Jacques
- 30 May 2013, BAR-SUR-AUBE (10),Eglise Saint-Pierre
- 31 May 2013, Festival de Sully et du Loiret, ORLEANS (45), Eglise Saint-Paterne
Many new titles added to the Grigorian.com site of which many in the early music field. You may want to see what is on their list. You can see their latest catalog for the month of may on the Grigorian.com website.
(FR) Syntagma Early Music Ensemble Concert-Conferences: "Missa Sine Nomine" and Songs by Cornago (16, 17, 19 May 2013)
- Église Saint Joseph, Montigny-lès-Metz, FR (16 May 2013)
- Nancy, FR (17 May 2013)
- Regensburg, DE (19 May 2013)
A reminder from Syntagma Early Music Ensemble of their upcoming concert days with the performance of Missa Sine Nomine by Johannes Ockeghem, and Songs by Iohannes Cornago. ...
Location: Wigmore Hall, London UK
"Composed between 1718 and 1720, Handel’s Esther is sometimes described as the ‘first English Oratorio’, but is in fact a hybrid form, mixing elements of oratorio, masque, pastoral and opera. ...
Have you taken a look at Harmonia Mundi's catalogue lately? You may find their catalogue format quite easy to navigate and will also find many new titles of early music interest.
Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse 106 Trinity St. (King & Parliament Sts), Toronto, ON, CA
A reminder to our readers in the region of Toronto Canada, the Toronto Consort will be holding its annual fundraiser on 15 May 2015.
St John's, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA
St Peter's Church, 119 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AL
"It's nearly 10 years now since we moved our slot from June to May, the time when renewal of the natural world is in its fullest flow, and it is thoughts of that breath of spring that have inspired us to make 'Nature' this year's theme. After all, it's a subject that would have been as close (if not closer) to anyone in the 17th or 18th centuries as it is to us today. It has to be one of the reasons behind the modern-day success of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (which we will be hearing here for the first time since 1990, as part of a unique 'Seasons Double Bill'), and as long ago as the 1630s Milton recognised Nature's power over human temperament in two great pastoral poems, set to music a century later by Handel in the delightful oratorio we've asked Paul McCreesh to conduct on the opening night. ...
(UK) The Guardian: "The Globe plans 'authentic' illumination for its new indoor Jacobean playhouse ..." (Jonathan Jones "On Art" Blog, 23 April 2013)
"The Globe theatre is planning to illuminate performances in its new indoor Jacobean playhouse, due to open in January 2014, by candlelight – and is recruiting a company of child actors like the ones satirised in Shakespeare's Hamlet. ...
Master Classes - Church of the Resurrection, 119 East 74th Street
Lectures – The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street
Concert - St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 116th and Amsterdam
"From April 23rd through 30th, 2013, the Clarion Society will host its sixth annual Clarion Collegium Week (CCW) of master classes for gifted young musicians. Since 2008, CCW has assembled advanced music students and young professional musicians from around the country to be instructed in Baroque performance practice by some of the country’s foremost early music specialists. This year’s curriculum will focus on the captivating, recently discovered Baroque repertoire from the Jesuit missions in Bolivia and throughout Latin America.
Location: Wigmore Hall, London UK
Early Music and Baroque
"The Hall’s intimate acoustics are ideal for period instruments and this series includes some of the finest ensembles and soloists performing today." There a lot happening at Wigmore, have a look ...
A meeting, unique in the world, of 135 traditional instrument makers of the world, from 13 nationalities; with 2500 instruments in exposition; more than 20 concerts and "bals" can be attended; and a meeting unique in its genre, since 1976, gathering over 15000 festival goers from all over the world.
** REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 22 MAY 2013 **
Location: Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Québec, CA
"PRE-FESTIVAL MASTERCLASSES 2013: violin, guitar, accordion, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes , harmonica, and singing classes. For five years now, and thanks to several artists all acknowledged as masters in their respective fields, Chants de Vielles has been proudly providing an education program for singers and instrumentalists. ...
"Enjoy jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance, stage combat workshops, and more. It’s the one day of the year when the Folger reading rooms are open to all—plus, birthday cake for everyone! ..."
Locations: Various locations
"Guido Morini and Marco Beasley founded Accordone in 1984, motivated by a great passion for the music before Bach, for original instruments and for a new musicological approach to problems of interpretation. At the heart of their work is Italian music for voice and basso continuo from the 16th and 17th centuries. The voice of Marco Beasley, immediately recognizable for its beautiful timbre, in perfect stylistic balance with the instruments which accompany him, is the ideal companion for the profound knowledge of instrumental, improvisational and compositional questions cultivated by Guido Morini, and make Accordone a unique ensemble on the European scene. ..."
The following is Accordone's upcoming busy concert list ...
"It's exactly 2 weeks to go and it's all getting very exciting here in Festival HQ! From 1st - 5th May the 59th Cork International Choral Festival will bring Cork city to life with five days full of song. With 5,000 + participants, 122 performing groups, 111 scheduled performances and 63 venues making sure that Cork city and county will be singing en masse!
Location: Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
"Cambridge Early Music runs summer schools - short intensive study courses - in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music, and organises an annual programme of concerts, many of which take place alongside the summer schools. ..."
"In 2013 we offer two residential study weeks, one on Baroque, one on Renaissance music. Both courses are for experienced instrumentalists and singers, working together and separately in chamber groups and large ensembles. The courses are directed by highly acclaimed and experienced specialist musicians, universally respected and admired as both teachers and performers."
(From the latest instalment of the "Unquiet Thoughts blog)
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) is famous as the greatest exponent of English music for solo lute, and as a composer of some of the best surviving music for lute and voice. He is also known as a world-class Miserablist. ...
"The English Concert (TEC) returns to the Wigmore Hall for its fourth concert there this season, and welcomes Italian firebrand Fabio Biondi back to the orchestra for the first time in five years. Biondi will direct TEC in works by Haydn, Mozart and Gaetano Pugnani at the Wigmore Hall on Tuesday, 7 May 2013, with further performances at the Hexagon in Reading (8 May), St. George’s Bristol (10 May), and the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford (11 May).
Once again the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) 2013 is quickly approaching, and, if you have ever been to the BEMF, you will be aware that the week-long festival and early music tradeshow is very worth a visit. Here is a quick list of festival events ...
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