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(CZ) Prague Spring International Festival (12 may-3 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012
For those of you who are visiting Prague, in the Czech Republic, during the Prague Spring International Festival, you may be interested in dropping by one of the planned early music concerts.
         

(DE) XVIII Bach Competition Leipzig (4-14 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012
“The Bach Competition Leipzig is regarded as one of the major international competitions for young artists. It took place for the first time in 1950 and was held every four years from 1964 to 1996 with five subjects and is now held every two years with three changing subjects.
      

(DE) Bachfest Leipzig (07–17 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012
“In the Bachfest 2012, we will be showcasing our new programme for children, young people and families, “b@ch for us!”. The principal feature of this will be two concerts by our youth orchestra, made up of pupils from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Leipzig and the Conservatorio Bologna. This broad-ranging, playful, educational and entertaining programme is set to make the Bachfest Leipzig a very special family event.
      

(ES) FIMTE 2012 Call for Papers: 11th International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music “Diego Fernández” (11-12 oct 2012) (CFP Deadline: 1 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012

(FIMTE) Festival Internacional de Música de Tecla Española (International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music)

New Perspectives on the Keyboard Works of Antonio Soler

“The 11th International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music “Diego Fernández” will be held at the Parador of Mojácar, Almería, Andalusia , on the 11 to 12 October 2012, as part of FIMTE 2012 (11-14 October): the 13th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music. The festival will feature both mainstream and fringe concerts and a workshop on performance-related issues with Luisa Morales.
             


(ES) FIMTE 2012: 13th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music (11-14 oct 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012

'Antonio Soler and contemporary musical aesthetics'

“The 13th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music FIMTE 2012 will be held in Mojácar and Garrucha, Almería, Andalusia, 11 to 14 October 2012, The festival will feature both mainstream and fringe concerts, an international symposium on Antonio Soler keyboard works and a workshop on performance-related issues with Luisa Morales.”
         


(FR) Ensemble Les enfants de la cour

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

Ensemble created in 2007, led by Damien Pouvreau, "Children of the Court" includes professional musicians who specialize in early music, whose approach is to explore the different facets of their music trade and by partnering with other personalities from the arts and culture (musicians, actors, singers, dancers, visual artists, graphic designers, photographers, writers).”
     


(NL) Holland Baroque Society

Contributed by Admin on Feb 17, 2012

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

Holland Baroque Society is six years old! During all those beautiful, music-filled years we’ve regularly found ourselves collaborating with soloists and directors of great name and renown – such as violin virtuoso Rachel Podger, early-music star Emma Kirkby, composer Nico Muhly, singer/songwriter Teitur, as well as the complete Nederlands Kamerkoor. And some of those guests have become close friends, like flute-player Alexis Kossenko, who’s performed with us on several occasions. We recorded our second CD with Alexis, and he’ll be back next season with the music of CPE Bach. We’ve also built up a warm relationship with Milos Valent – clearly audible on our latest CD Barbaric Beauty, appearing in autumn 2011. Milos takes us along to a Polish tavern, where we meet Telemann, and get to know some dance music both barbaric and beautiful…
                   


(US) American Bach Soloists Concert: St. Matthew Passion (24-27 February 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012

The first Bach program in the new year will be the masterful St. Matthew Passion, presented February 24-27, 2012, and featuring tenor Wesley Rogers (Evangelista), baritone Joshua Copland (Christus), along with an octet of ABS vocal soloists including alto Danielle Reutter-Harrah, tenors Derek Chester and Aaron Sheehan, baritones Jesse Blumberg and Robert Stafford, and the American Bach Choir with members of the Pacific Boychoir.
  


(US) Salon/Sanctuary Concerts: MARY/MAGDALENE Sacred cantatas of the Italian Baroque (26 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012

Location:  Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street, New York NY US
Time: 3:00 PM

Soprano Jessica Gould, Mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, and the Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Ensemble perform recently discovered repertoire by Ferrandini, Pergolesi, and Ristori that tell the passion story through its two female protagonists. The concert is part of a weekend festival of Italian baroque discoveries that begins on Friday, 2/24, with Juilliard415 under the direction of Monica Huggett, in a performance of Concerti Grossi at The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.
  

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Two Shadows & A Spotlight" (12 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012
“We begin with a tribute to a legendary musician and leader in the field of early music, a singer whose haunting voice moved the hearts and souls of audiences, and inspired many musicians to further explore repertoire rarely heard.  On November 23rd, 2011, Montserrat Figueras died in Barcelona, Spain after a year-long battle with cancer.
              

(UK) Barbara Segel Early Dance Classes

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012
“Barbara holds classes in Baroque & Renaissance Dance in London, around the UK and abroad, for both beginners/elementary and intermediate/advanced students.
       

(CZ) Prachatice Early Music Summer School (15-22 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012
“Summer School of Early Music is an Early Music course targeting the historically informed performance mainly of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music. Some of the recorder classes concentrate on contemporary, world and folk music.

The workshop takes place every July in beautiful South Bohemian town Prachatice (130 km south from Prague, 200 km north-west from Vienna). In 2012 we will be there for the 14th time, until 1998 the course took place in Bechyně.
        


(UK) Dance Books: New publications

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
You will find “two new publications for you this month: a reprint of Cyril Beaumont's 'The Ballet called Swan Lake', a classic work on the world's most popular ballet, which should be read by all dancers, producers, musicians, historians and audiences; and a reprint of the 1924 English translation of Angelo Constantini's biography of Tiberio Fiorilli, an early commedia dell'arte player who is credited with creating the character Scaramouch. The 1924 edition of this beautiful book is exceptionally scarce, having been printed in an ediiton of only 390 copies.
      

(US) ArkivMusic.com Notable New Releases - 14 feb 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
ArkivMusic.com has a few new releases at some savings that may be of interest to you (sale ends 3/27/12):
  • Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart / Stile Antico (Stile Antico and Fretwork explore a long-neglected repertory – the wealth of Tudor and Jacobean sacred music written for domestic devotion, rather than for church worship)
  • Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic (Thielemann’s Beethoven is rigorous, intellectual, and well considered, and the playing is outstanding throughout. A bold attempt to recapture and redefine Beethoven for the 21st century. (6 CDs + DVD); dot.gif
  • Air: The Bach Album / Meyers, Mercurio, English Chamber Orchestra (On her new album, Anne Akiko Meyers performs both solo parts in Bach's Double Concerto on two different Stradivari violins as well as Violin Concertos 1 & 2, the Air on the G String, and the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.) 

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Concert: "Arion meets Harlequin -- Commedia dell'arte" (17,18,19 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
Commedia dell'arte is a popular comical theatrical form born in the 15th century. Mirthful, gay, even hilarious, these shows always used the same stock characters to weave its narrative, characters that we still know and love: Harlequin, Pierrot, Colombine, Pantaloon, among others. 

Fast-forward a few hundreds of years later: Arion Baroque Orchestra is getting inspired by the same characters to create a flamboyant concert!
  

(US) Opera Today Performance: "The Bostridge Project: ‘Ancient and Modern’ (Wigmore Hall, London UK)" by Claire Seymour (23 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
“This latest instalment of Ian Bostridge’s ‘Ancient and Modern’ series juxtaposed the tender melancholy of the Elizabethan age with the modernist anxieties of the early twentieth century, revealing both a sensitivity to textual nuance and profound human sensibilities which transcend temporal epochs.
    

(IT) Società di Danza Balls and Tea Dances 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012
“The Società di Danza organizes balls and tea dance to practice dances learned in classes.
Tea dances are informal meetings, usually organized on Saturday or Sunday afternoon every month.
Balls are formal reconstruction of historical balls of the XIX Century, where dancers with appropriate costume dance in historical buildings or theaters.
            

(FR) Le Poème Harmonique Concert Listings (March 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 14, 2012
Le Poème Harmonique reminds us of their upcoming concerts for the month of March 2012.
  

(FR) Akadêmia, Françoise Lasserre-conductor Concerts: "Opus IV: Augustin Pfleger" (22,23,24 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 14, 2012

Sacred concertos for the Christmas and Easter seasons

22 feb 2012 Palais du Tau-Reims (51)
23 feb 2012 Salle des Fêtes de l'Hôtel de Ville-Troyes (10)
24 feb 2012 Notre-Dame du Rosaire-Chaumont (52)

“The pieces of this programme come from the Düben collection at Uppsala University in Sweden. This library holds most of his Geistliche Konzerte (sacred concertos), composed to cover the entire liturgical year. They are situated midway between the works of Heinrich Schütz and the cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude. Their form as dialogues between named protagonists gives some of these compositions a highly expressive, dramatic aspect. The recitatives are in the vein of Carissimi while the arias are frequently sung by two voices. The instrumental sinfonias are for strings only. 


(UK) Chalemie Summer School (14-19 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 13, 2012
“On 14-19 August 2012, Chalemie will hold its 14th Summer School in Early Music, Dance, Period Costume Making and Commedia. Leading performers from the group will direct a series of workshops on 17th/18th century music, song, dance, commedia and costume making, with a particular emphasis on the English repertoire of this period.
         

(US) Opera Today Review: "Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Cantatas" by Steven Plank (22 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 12, 2012
“In Wilhelm Weitsch’s well-known painting of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian seems far distant from the cantorial world of his father.
  

(FR) Rotruenge: Masterclass at Château de Pruniers with Michèle Claude and Christophe Deslignes (15-21 Apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 12, 2012

(Re-posted with additional information – editor)

This master class is aimed at experienced singers and musicians and existing ensembles who wish to improve their knowledge and practice of Western Medieval music. The individual classes and group workshops have been designed to extend the scope of their research and preparation in order to enhance their future artistic achievements. Participants will have free access to a talk on the history of music from the period. Each participant will be given a kit including an introduction to the theme, sheet music and facsimiles of the selected works, copies of articles and a bibliography.
             


(FR) Rotruenge: 16ème Stage International de musiques et de danses Traditionnelles et du Moyen-Âge (29 Jul-5 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 12, 2012

(Re-posted with additional information – editor)

16th International Medieval Music and Dance Course

(based on the “the Sea” and medieval and traditional
dances and music about the Seas and Oceans)

Aims
The course will set out to stage a musical and theatrical adaptation of medieval and traditionnal music and dances about Seas and Oceans. Each participant will receive a kit including an outline of the story, sheet music and facsimiles of the selected compositions, articles and a bibliography.

The educational purpose of the course is to make present-day musicians more aware of the various forms and functions of the religious, popular and courtly music of the Middle Ages, helping them to bring their own musical contribution to a group endeavour.

Participants will be encouraged to discover or develop their vocal, instrumental and dance skills, on the basis of their personal knowledge and interests, in the various workshops on offer. Modern as well as traditional instruments are welcome.
            

(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "The Forgotten Harpsichord Teacher of Christopher Hogwood & Colin Tilney" (8 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 12, 2012
“I didn’t really know that much about Mrs Mary Potts when she was my harpsichord teacher in Cambridge, so I googled her name (in 2005) expecting to find a complete biography. She had, after all, been a student of Arnold Dolmetsch, in Haslemere, back in the 1920s, and had bought an eighteenth-century harpsichord by Burkat Shudi from him in 1929.
       

(CA) Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Concert: (21 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2012

(From a recent email ad from Tafelmusik -- Editor)

Valentine's Day offer! / Virtuoso Vivaldi with Marion Verbruggen

“Treat a loved one and/or close friends to a special outing this year with this Valentine's Day offer.  Spring comes early with brilliant music by the world's favourite Italian baroque composer, featuring Marion Verbruggen - the high-spirited Dutch recorder virtuoso beloved by audiences around the world. 50% off regular priced tickets!
      

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