Under the Influence!British conductor and harpsichordist Ian Watson guides you on an intoxicating tour of music by composers who left their home country for pastures new. Watson, formerly Director of Music at St James Church, Piccadilly, London, is Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Worcester, MA, and principal keyboard with the Handel and Haydn Society.
From a recent il Gardellino newsletter news item:
il Gardellino announces the release of their latest CD recording “Solo Cantatas for Bass”.
BWV 82, 158, 56, 203
il Gardellino & Dominik Wörner (Bass)
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austing TX, US
TEMP (Texas Early Music Project):
“Experience the beauty, brilliance, and passion that the best composers from Italy, France, and England instilled in opera, from its intimate beginnings in the late 16th century through the High Baroque virtuosity of Handel. Opening night only: a special appearance by countertenor Ryland Angel. …”
Location: Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street, New York, NY US
“On Wednesday, October 16th, Clarion opens its 2013-14 season and the inaugural Clarion Orchestra Series at Park Avenue Christian Church with a program of works that range from the surprisingly unknown to the long-celebrated.
Under the direction of artistic director Steven Fox, the Orchestra begins with Franz Joseph Haydn’s ‘Overtura Covent Garden’, an exhilarating yet underperformed work dating from Haydn’s happy and rewarding London years that also produced some of his most beloved symphonies.
News on the Northern Recorder Course (NRC) website of a change of venue for its 2014 workshop session. The venue will relocate from Bawtry Hall, the Northern Recorder Course to Hothorpe Hall.
“Now in its 49th year, this course offers a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment for recorder players of all abilities to make music. …”
(US) New York Times Article: "Unleashing the Potential of the Strings" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 30 Aug 2013)
From the latest The Sixteen ~Harry Christophers~ newsletter:
“After taking the Usher Hall by storm at the Edinburgh International Festival last month, The Sixteen continues its new season with seven performances of The Queen of Heaven, the most popular Choral Pilgrimage tour to date. It's a busy time for the Education Department too with choral workshops in Peterborough and London, and three free workshops for choristers across the country. Plus read on for details of the latest new releases on CORO!”
From the latest Grigorian.com newsletter:
"Over the month of September, the Decca label will be on sale, with over one thousand titles involved in this sale. Single CDs are on sale for $11.98! All other Decca products will be 20% off! Decca has a huge catalog, and is one of the best in the business. With artists such as Pavarotti, Bartoli, Fleming, Sutherland, Fischer, Richter, and Solti, how could you not love Decca."
"Early Music Foundation (EMF) in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York (PCI) presents the 4th-triennial New York Early Music Celebration (NYEMC) “Pro Musica Polonica,” October 4 -20, 2013.
Location: Couvent des Minimes Citadelle 33390 Blaye, FR
Sagittarius organizes a voice workshop from July 20-26 at the Citadel of Blaye under the direction of Michel Laplénie. Forty amateur singers will work a program centered around Venice that will end with a final concert on July 26 at the Chapel Minimes.
Location: Korčula, Croatia
The Korkyra Baroque Festival is a recently-established international music festival. Now in its second year, it will run from 7-13 September 2013. Once again, the Festival will offer a rich baroque experience in impressive culture heritage venues on the island of Korčula. Seven concerts will be held over the course of seven days, in addition to a varied entertainment program and lectures related to baroque music.
The fascinating historical village of Trevi nel Lazio (Italy, Latium) will host the second edition of Trebantiqua, international early music festival, from July 20 to August 17. A series of 6 concerts with internationally acclaimed artists will be offered at both the Collegiate Curch of St. Maria Assunta, with the celebrated 1634 Bonifazi organ, and at the main hall of the Caetani Castle under the artistic direction of Giuseppe Schinaia.
Trevi nel Lazio offers several tourist and art attractions all year round, but it is in the summer that it shows its most appealing side with a cooler climate in the luscious setting of the river Aniene's high valley, the various art events at the Caetani Castle, its narrow medieval streets of its tiny center and the other many points of interest of its territory.
Trebantiqua this year provides the usual variety of concert programs, ranging from late renaissance to the mature baroque style of the XVIII century, with a large offer of instrument sounds, from flutes to violins, harp and natural trumpet, with a special attention to the majestic historical Bonifazi organ built in 1634. A special program is dedicated to women composers on August 4.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"How truly marvelous is the human voice? It is our first instrument. Its power remains unmatched to express feeling, to convey colour and tone. It is the ultimate inspiration for any instrumentalist who aspires to create a beautiful phrase. ..."
Although, not a strictly an exclusive "early music festival", the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival does have early music events of interest, in particular the "Lute Legends Ensemble"; "Les Voix Baroques"; "La Nef Early Music Ensemble"; "Tiberius Quartet"; "La Rose des Vents"; "Pallade Musica"
From the latest Lark Camp 2013 newsletter (June 2013)
"Lark In The Morning Music Celebration was started in 1980 to provide a venue to allow traditional musicians and dancers to get together and share their music & dance (A music & dance party with educational overtones). This event is an open forum for musicians, singers & dancers to exchange ideas and learn without being in a rigid school structure. ...
More workshops have been added; you may now find the schedule of classes and evening events on the Lark website ...
"Have you ever heard a wonderful piece of music on the radio and then tried to track down a copy on CD?
ArkivMusic works with most classical radio stations in the U.S. to help with that search. But early on, we realized that many of those recordings (over half) are actually out of print.
So some years ago we started our ArkivCD program ...
(ES) Papeles de Música: "Discovered a manuscript of Bach in Weissenfels" (Posted on 2013/06/11 by Cristina Martí)
"A manuscript of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) has been discovered by researcher Peter Wollny in a collection in Weissenfels. ...
(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 3.5: Ideas old and new" (Ron and Donna Mignarda, 15 Jun 2013)
"Occasionally we run across interesting historical snippets scribbled by highly-opinionated observers of the contemporary culture of a different age, and we are compelled to share them despite the unpleasant reality check."
(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. ...
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