Magnificat Baroque Ensemble Sounds the Season
Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Francisco
Magnificat Baroque Ensemble and instrumental guests The Whole Noyse and Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, join forces in splendiferous song, recreating the Christmas Vespers of the Dresden Court Chapel in 1660. "Each of the outstanding singers has a unique and beautiful sound, and the combination of their voices produces an exceptionally felicitous ensemble sound."—SFCV.org
“Handel’s oratorio Saul was the first dramatic oratorio that he wrote with a strong libretto.
Charles Jennens compilation, based on biblical sources, created a powerful structure which enabled Handel to create a work which became the first of his English music dramas.
Baroque Dresden’s remarkable court orchestra attracted Europe’s best instrumentalists and composers, resulting in flashy, stunning and technically demanding music. Join Tafelmusik, directed by the dynamic and entertaining Italian oboe virtuoso Alfredo Bernardini, for music by Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann and Vivaldi.
From the Tudor Choir’s latest newsletter: Christmas concert, Holiday gifts and donations
“Dear Friends of the Tudor Choir,
(US) The New York Times: "Montserrat Figueras, Catalan Soprano, Dies at 69 (March 15, 1942 – November 23, 2011)" (By Zachary Woolfe 27 Nov 2011)
(UK) The Telegraph: Mad Cow Disease Fears Over Violin Strings Threatens Works of Handel and Bach (By Adam Lusher 27 Nov 2011)
Anton Höger has made available his lute intavolations to those who are interested. Anton has been kind enough to make these available through downloads on the Mediafire website.
XVIII-21 aims at finding other kinds of music : music that is exotic or different ; music that is listened to in other ways, by other kinds of people. This pursuit sometimes involves violence, restrictions or confrontation. But it also makes way for an encounter, a fundamental, liberating passion.
December Concert Listings …
Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society, March 2-3, 2012.
Deadline for Submissions: Saturday, January 7, 2012.
The South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society (AMS-SC) is pleased to announce its 2012 Annual Meeting, to be hosted by Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. The meeting will begin on the morning of Friday, March 2, and will conclude by noon on Saturday, March 3. Proposals for presentations, special sessions, papers with a performance component, and panel discussions are solicited on any topic related to historical musicology.
The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide has been sent out on its newsletter lists. It features titles from harmonia mundi and its distributed labels. You may find some titles of interest to you.
Visit the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide web page to view/read the list.
“The directors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the Boston Early Music Festival have been hard at work preparing our fourth annual Chamber Opera Series production, featuring La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, as part of a Marc-Antoine Charpentier double bill.
All concerts will take place at the magnificent Tudor Hall, first concert hall in Montreal renowed for its exceptional acoustics, located on Ogilvy's 5th floor. At noon, we offer intimate concerts with talented artists as well as a light and delicious lunch to fill your sails for an afternoon back at work. A soothing pause in Montreal's first ever concert hall, built in 1928.”
At the latest Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (10-13 nov 2011), a number of awards were presented.
“The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 to advance research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship. 3,600 individuals and 1,100 institutional subscribers from over forty nations participate in the Society.“
Dates for the 2012 Summer Schools have now been announced.
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. Cambridge Early Music was founded in 1992 and run as a not-for-profit organization by Selene Mills. In 2009 Cambridge Early Music was granted charitable status, confirming our status as a leading provider of early music education.
“Messiah Season” is once again upon us. As you have most likely observed, regardless of where you may have set up residence, there is a production of Handel’s Messiah being performed. The scale of production may differ from city to city and you may want to pre-plan the production that you most interest you. Those of you who may be lucky enough to live within distance of a larger metropolitan center, may be able to attend more than one production before the season closes.
In the meantime, for your pleasure, we include three short videos from Tafelmusik’s famous “Sing-along Messiah”* to tease you into the mood.