Finals for The Eighth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition will take place on Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall at CCM.The Aliénor's purpose: To encourage the composition of solo music for harpsichord and chamber music for harpsichord with modern or period instruments. The works of all finalists will be performed on the March 23 concert. Finalists in the solo category will be awarded $600 each plus additional prizes at the final concert, and the 3 finalists in the chamber music category will be awarded $800 each plus additional prizes at the final concert. The audience members are the judges for the top three prizes, which will be announced at a reception to follow.
Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio USA
The 2012 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar and Lute Festival, 24 through 29 June, will again take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The faculty will include some old familiar faces, Robert Barto, Doug Freundlich, Ellen Hargis, Christopher Morrongiello (along with other members of The Bacheler Consort), Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, Paul O’Dette, and Crawford Young, and we are excited to announce that Eduardo Egüez and Sylvain Bergeron will be joining the roster this time. The Pat O’Brien Scholar will be Grant Herreid, perhaps best known for his performances with Piffaro, and the Lute Doctor will be Andrew Rutherford.
(AT) Hungarian Winner at the 2nd International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (2011)
(News of the passing of Gustav Leonhardt, yesterday, on 17 Jan 2012. He will be missed by all. -- All of our condolences to the family from all of us at EarlyMusicNews.org. -- Marc Paré, Editor)
Gustav Leonhardt (30 May 1928-17 Jan 2012)
“Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Gustav Leonhardt, who has died aged 83, was a pioneer and pillar of the early music movement. ”
From the latest Ensemble Céladon’s newsletter, there is a reminder of their busy upcoming 2012 concert season (Jan-May 2012). Of note on their schedule is their much anticipated CD “Deo Gratias Anglia“ release on 20 March 2012.
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, K Street NW, Washington DC
“The workshop is devoted to the fiery passions and broken hearts of the great Italian and English Madrigal composers.
It is presented in association with the Washington Early Music Festival, whose theme for 2012 is “Vices and Virtues – Passionate music of Early Europe”. Registration and further details will available at www.chorworks.com, and WEMF details from www.earlymusicdc.org”
(US) Portland Recorder Society: Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat *** This year’s retreat is FULL! *** (16-19 Mar 2012)
“Ensemble classes for low intermediate to advanced recorder players will range from renaissance consort music and baroque to contemporary works and music for double reeds and percussion. Viola da gambas are also welcome. Five faculty members ensure small class sizes with personalized attention. Evening events will include a faculty concert, English Country Dance, and madrigal singing.
(US) San Francisco Early Music Society "Baroque Music Workshop Bach: Master Craftsman, Sublime Artist" (24-30 Jun 2012)
Directors: Frances Blaker and Kathleen Kraft
“Play and sing the broad sweep of Johann Sebastian Bach's compositions from cantata and chorus to concerto, from keyboard solo to chamber ensemble. Known for his far-reaching contrapuntal skills, outside-the-box harmonies, and exacting standards, Bach was also a master of heart-rending melody. His music reaches across time to touch people of all sorts.
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia
“The workshop features a variety of music associated with the great Basilica of St. Mark in Venice. With its Byzantine architecture and decoration, its many galleries and choir lofts, the Basilica has inspired generations of composers to write dramatic and moving music for its liturgies.
We will sing and study works by Adrian Willaert, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Antonio Lotti, and Claudio Monteverdi. The workshop concludes with an informal concert at 5:00pm (free admission).
If you are in the Cambridge area, you may be interested in attending the 2012 Festival of the Voice concert:
- THE EARTH RESOUNDS - Choral Pilgrimage 2012 -- The Sixteen (18 May 2012)
- MEDIAEVAL MUSIC AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS -- Trio Mediaeval (19 May 2012)
- STRIGGIO: Mass in Forty Parts; TALLIS: Spem in alium -- I Fagiolini (20 May 2012)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Director: Tish Berlin
“The Music Discovery Workshop is a summer day camp for young people ages 7-15. Campers explore early music and history each year through instrument class, ensembles, dance, and a theater project that focuses on a period or person. This summer the Music Discovery campers will present their own Shakespearean play, while studying the music and dance of England in Shakespeare's time.
75th Anniversary Festival
The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration and ongoing influece of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas.
Led by: Sally Dunkley and Philip Cave
Location: Chapel of St. Peter’s College, New Inn Hall Street, OXFORD OX1 2DL
“Robert White and Robert Parsons belonged to the generation of composers active in the 1560s, a fascinating period of transition in English music, and the young William Byrd was successor to Parsons at the Chapel Royal following the latter’s untimely death in 1572; despite the prevailing Protestant climate at that time, all three are known especially for their settings of Latin text. As well as singing the much-loved Ave Maria of Parsons, we plan to focus on White’s wonderfully expressive five-part Lamentations, and one of his Christe qui lux settings constructed around plainchant. Early on in his career, Byrd too wrote a set of Lamentations, well worth exploring, as well as a cleverly constructed and sonorous Christe qui lux. This spacious and richly scored music has a distinctive harmonic flavour and is a delight to sing.”
(Preview performance: 20 Jan 2012)
Ryan Brown, Conductor and Artistic Director
Le Roi et le fermier
Music by Monsigny, Libretto by Sedaine
“Le Roi et le fermier was both a popular and controversial opera in its day, heralded for a storm scene bridging the mood of Act I to the nighttime divertissement in Act II, and for its frank treatment of class issues culminating in Act III.
Location: University of Dallas Music Department and the Renaissance Polyphony Project, Dallas Texas, US
“You are invited to join others interested in sacred Renaissance polyphony for a weekend singing the music of Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1500-1553). The occasion is the 21st year for the Dallas-Fort Worth area Renaissance Polyphony Weekend at the University of Dallas. The singers’ retreat will again be led by Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. It will conclude with a Latin Mass. We will also sing some motets and Gregorian chant as part of the Mass.
The two and one-half day retreat will conclude with a celebrated Latin Mass, sung in The Cathedral at the Arts District, 2215 Ross Ave., in downtown Dallas. Morales’ Missa Aspice Domine (5 p.m) will serve as the ordinary of the Mass. The choir will also sing related motets and Gregorian chant during the service.
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“One of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world, with a flourishing early music scene, Sydney in mid-summer provides the ideal setting for the sixth Tallis Scholars Summer School in Australia.
Tutors for 2012 are: Peter Phillips, Janet Coxwell and Deborah Roberts, plus Warren Trevelyan-Jones.
(US) The Fifty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (Washington, D.C.) (2012 March 22-24)
Directors: Kati Kyme and William Skeen
“Join us for the inaugural SFEMS Classical Workshop, June 17-23, 2012, at St. Albert's Priory in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California. Guided by esteemed faculty from the New Esterházy Quartet (listed below), you will hone your chamber music skills with this intensive one-week seminar in classical performance practice. Participants will discover new repertoire daily and perform casual concerts nightly.
(FR) Rotruenge: 16ème Stage International de musiques et de danses Traditionnelles et du Moyen-Âge (29 Jul-4 Aug 2012)
Rotruenge: 16th International Workshop of music and traditional dances of the Medieval
“Rotruenge is a non-profit organisation formed by Christophe Deslignes in 1996 to introduce as many people as possible to medieval music and dance. It organises recitals and other events, mainly in the Yonne department (Auxerre, Saint-Julien-du-Sault, Seignelay, Georges Hosotte Art Centre in Bailly). In 1997 it started the International Medieval Music and Dance Course and the Saint-Bris Medieval Festival, which the Compagnie Retroencha runs in the medieval village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux during the first week in August, enabling participants of all ages and abilities to find out or learn more about the song, dance and instrumental music of the period. In addition, a workshop devoted entirely to the reconstruction of medieval dances is held in May each year. Rotruenge is now proposing a series of four master classes at Lissac-sur-Couze, in the Corrèze department, for experienced musicians and existing ensembles.
Anthem for A Child - OAE joins forces with NCEM and University of York
“The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the University of York have joined forces with the remarkable Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) on their new and most ambitious project to date for young people, Anthem for a Child, as part of a national programme of concerts and events.
Workshop for dancers, musicians and amateur.
This 2nd Early Dance Academy by the Donaires Ensemble at Roquetas de Mar proposes a wide range of workshops on diverse early dance styles, and offers you the opportunity to work with Ana Yepes and with Robin Joly. You can choose which workshops you wish to attend.
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