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(UK) From the News Archives at Linn Records: "Gramophone Award Finalists Announced"

Contributed by Admin on Sep 09, 2011
“16 August 2011

As Linn comes to the end of its time as Gramophone's 'Label of the Year' we are proud to announce that three of the recordings released within the last twelve months have been chosen as Finalists for a 2011 Gramophone Award.
  

(US) Clarion Society's 2011-2012 Season

Contributed by Admin on Sep 08, 2011
The Clarion Music Society is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 season, featuring the Clarion Orchestra, the Clarion Choir, and outstanding soloists.  This is Clarion’s sixth full season under the direction of Artistic Director Steven Fox.

(US) Support Harmonia Early Music: More Lute? More Loot! -- Fundraiser and Results

Contributed by Admin on Sep 08, 2011
Harmonia Early Music recently challenged the community to help it raise funds for its operation.“We don't mean to beg, but we need your support to continue this online service. Help us reach a goal of $1000 by Labor Day. “
  

(UK) CD Release:: 'An Innocent Diversion' Music of the era of Jane Austen (c 1770-1820) (Austentation.org)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 08, 2011
“This album represents music popular during the late Georgian period, 1770-1820, the period of the life of novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) who was also an accomplished musician.
  

(FR) 26ième Édition Festival Baroque de Pontoise (2011 Sept. 16-Oct.23)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 06, 2011

FESTIVAL BAROQUE DE PONTOISE
7, place du Petit Martroy
95300 PONTOISE

“Push along with us the doors of this 26th edition and abandon yourselves to these beautiful promised nights.“


(CA) Nota Bene Period Orchestra 10th Anniversary Festivities and Name Change (2011 September 10)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 05, 2011

Celebrate our future with us as we unveil our new name
~ Nota Bene Baroque ~

“Enjoy fabulous mini-concerts by the Nota Bene musicians, rosewater-flavoured meringues (all the rage 300 years ago!) and other Baroque-inspired refreshments, Baroque games, a silent auction, period costumes, a 50/50 draw, cash bar, and a baroque instrument "Petting Zoo".


(ES) 5th edition of the "Aula de Música Antiga" (AMA), Early music course in Girona Conservatory (Registration: Sept. 15-Nov. 30 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 04, 2011
“After its inauguration five years ago and due to its great success with students, the Aula de Música Antigua (Early Music Academy) begins its fifth edition this 2011-2012, with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year courses being taught simultaneously, covering up the complete training.
  

(UK) Newly published from Ashgate Publishing Group: "The Music Trade in Georgian England"

Contributed by Admin on Sep 04, 2011

(Edited by Michael Kassler, Michael Kassler and Associates, Australia)
Published
: August 2011
ISBN:
978-0-7546-6065-1

“In contrast to today's music industry, whose principal products are recorded songs sold to customers round the world, the music trade in Georgian England was based upon London firms that published and sold printed music and manufactured and sold instruments on which this music could be played. The destruction of business records and other primary sources has hampered investigation of this trade, but recent research into legal proceedings, apprenticeship registers, surviving correspondence and other archived documentation has enabled aspects of its workings to be reconstructed. 
  


(US) Elizabethan Garden Tour (Washington, D.C.)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 04, 2011

Folger Shakespeare Library
Address:

201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

“Explore our garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare's plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more.
  


(US) Call for Competitors -- The Parkening International Guitar Competition (2012 May 29-June 2)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 02, 2011
The 2012 Parkening International Guitar Competition is actively seeking competitors.

(US) New from Oxford University Press: "Dividing the Spoils The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire" (Author: Robin Waterfield)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 02, 2011

A Gripping Account of One of the Great Forgotten Wars of History

ISBN: 9780195395235
Hardback, May 2011, 304 pp.
List Price: $27.95

“Alexander the Great conquered an enormous empire—stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent—and his death triggered forty bloody years of world-changing warfare. These were years filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion, assassinations, dynastic marriages, treachery, shifting alliances, and mass slaughter on battlefield after battlefield. And while the men fought on the field, the women, such as Alexander’s mother Olympias, schemed from their palaces and pavilions.  …
  


(FR) International Baroque Singing Competition (2011 September 21-25)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“Intended to reveal the talents of tomorrow, the competition is opened to the major vocal artists of any nationalities and any tessitura's, it rewards the best vocal interpretations the works of which are inevitably drawn from the directory of baroque period.“
  

(FR) La vieille à roue (Website author: Xavier AIMÉ)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

Informative hurdy-gurdy website portal authored by Xavier Aimé with the cooperation of many who are involved in the world of the hurdy-gurdy.


(US) Risorgimento 150 years after (Opera Today article by Carlo Vitali, 2011 July 12)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011

“How the saga of Italian unification in 1861 is being (half-heartedly) celebrated by opera composers.

 Since its inception in the early 17th century, opera is a divisive artform in Italy.
  


(US) Unquiet Thoughts: Saturday morning quote #13: Playford & the Tudors by Ron & Donna on August 12, 2011

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“John Playford (1623–1686) is probably best known today as publisher of The English Dancing Master (1651) which contains unharmonized melodies and instructions for the steps to several English country dances. 
  

(UK) Viviana Sofronitsky, Wigmore Hall, London (The Independent, Review by Michael Church; 2011 July 31)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“It wasn't clear which of the two debutants would upstage the other on Tuesday at the Wigmore Hall, where every inch of the stage was crammed with winged fortepianos.

(US) Harmonia Early Music - Beasts And Bestiaries

Contributed by Admin on Aug 25, 2011
Medieval bestiaries combined descriptions of animals with religious and moral meaning.  These collections of stories were very popular in the middle ages, and musicians expanded on the idea, creating musical works referencing one or more animals.
  

(UK) National Centre for Early Music York - Early Music Listings (Autumn / Winter 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 25, 2011

The National Centre for Early Music posts its extensive early music listings for the autumn and winter 2011 calendar:

Monday 10 October 6.50pm for 7.00pm
Viols, Voices and Virginals: A Gala Concert presented in association with BBC Radio 3
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Tickets £20.00 (including wine on arrival)

Viol consort Phantasm, Countertenor Iestyn Davies and harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani join forces for a celebration of outstanding English music including works by Gibbons, Byrd and Purcell. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 throughout the UK and to countries in the European Broadcasting Union. (Please be seated by 6.50pm)
  

(US) BAROQUE BAND Adventures Through the Looking Glass (12, 14-15 October 2011)

Contributed by BaroqueBand on Aug 24, 2011

BAROQUE BAND Adventures Through the Looking Glass

The Queen of Hearts
The internationally renowned early music soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby gives us the honor of opening this new exciting season of Baroque Band. Get lost in a world of wonders and mysteries with Chicago's period orchestra and one of the most remarkable voices of the century.
 


(UK) Gramophone Awards 2011

Contributed by Admin on Aug 17, 2011

Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2011!

Who would you like to see win?

Gramophone’s critics have already been engaged for some months in the rigorous judging process by which these prestigious classical prizes are allotted – and which this year are being presented in association with Steinway & Sons. But, as tradition dictates, one of the highest-profile awards – Artist of the Year – is decided not by our reviewers but by you.  …

(CA) TACTUS Ensemble at Stratford Summer Music (Stratford, Ontario Canada)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 12, 2011
“We are excited to rejoin Andrew Gant, music director and organist of the Chapel Royal, London, for three lecture recitals. This will serve as a ‘sequel’ to our 2009 collaboration in which music written for the Chapel Royal was featured. Further investigations of English church music will be explored, sung and played. Andrew Gant, as personal church musician to the Royal Family, is uniquely suited to present insight and humour to these singular events.“

(US) "The Countertenor Voice: An Online Journal" 2011 August Issue

Contributed by Admin on Aug 05, 2011

In this latest issue appear the following articles:

Vocal Technique: Boring Exercises That Will Make You a Better Singer” by Ian Howell
Opera Corner: Young Artist Programs” by Nicholas Tamagna
Countertenor Stephen Wallace Interviewed on RTE Radio” by Ian Howell
  


(UK) Cambridge Handel Festival (2011 October 1-2)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 03, 2011
CAMBRIDGE EARLY MUSIC is pleased to announce details of our Handel Festival, which takes place on the weekend of 1-2 October 2011. 
  

(UK) New at Ashgate Publishing: "Rethinking the Baroque"

Contributed by Admin on Aug 03, 2011
“Rethinking the Baroque explores a tension. In recent years the idea of ‘baroque’ or ‘the baroque’ has been seized upon by scholars from a range of disciplines and the term ‘baroque’ has consequently been much in evidence in writings on contemporary culture, especially architecture and entertainment. Most of the scholars concerned have little knowledge of the art, literature, and history of the period usually associated with the baroque. A gulf has arisen. On the one hand, there are scholars who are deeply immersed in historical period, who shy away from abstraction, and who have remained often oblivious to the convulsions surrounding the term ‘baroque’; on the other, there are theorists and scholars of contemporary theory who have largely ignored baroque art and architecture. This book explores what happens when these worlds mesh. 
  

(UK) CFP: Domestic Music in Recusant Circles in Elizabethan and Jacobean Times, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 26 Nov 2011

Contributed by Admin on Aug 02, 2011

A Royal Musical Association Study Day in association with the Sixteenth-/Seventeenth-Century Music Network (SSMN):

Domestic Music in Recusant Circles in Elizabethan and Jacobean Times
A Forum for Students, Performers and Researchers
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on 26 November 2011
Guest speaker: Kerry McCarthy (Duke University, USA)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Some exceptional music was created during the Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods, and some of it was inspired by the religious uncertainties and suppression that existed at the time. The wealth of music was possible in part through the interest and generous patronage provided by many of the wealthy, educated and influential English Catholics who retired from court to their country estates where they cultivated the arts in the freedom of their privacy. This forum is an attempt to bring together research into the many aspects of domestic music in the network of English Catholics.

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