(CA) Ensemble Anonymous Sponsored Concert: "Kassia - Byzantine Hymns" performed by the German Ensemble VocaMe (7 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012

Location: Salle D'Youville au 995, place D’Youville, Québe PQ, Canada

As part of the Women’s World Day, the Société du Palais Montcalm, in collaboration with the Ensemble Anonymus and La Nef, present the German Ensemble “VocaMe“ in a program entitled “Kassia - Byzantine Hymns”. This concert will be at 8pm in Room 995 at D'Youville Place D'Youville.

(FR) Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu Concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" (8 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012

Baroque Music, Early Chinese and Taiwanese Music

As part of the festival "Made in Asia" Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu pairs up with the Jiang Nan - Yang Yi-Ping - Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble for its latest concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" Baroque music, early Chinese and Taiwanese music.

The concert follows a free conference on the music of nanguan.

(US) Early Music DC Concert Listings for February 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012
We are reminded of this month’s concert listing the Early Music DC newsletter. If you are in the area you may want to consider attending.

(CA) "Submitters' Best Practices"

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

Recently some have questioned on how to get on “News” pages. While the answer to this may mean a little more chronicling of your activities on your website or of taking advantage of more photo opportunities (serious or candid) of your group, the end result may be gaining more “web presence” and gaining greater recognition of your achievements.

In the latest addition to the FAQ, I have tried to outline some suggestions on how you could make your site more “media friendly” in your favour. Feel free to follow the link if you are interested in contributing to this site OR you may be just curious and would like to read/add/share your comments -- Submitters - Website Best Practices

Happy contributing,

Marc Paré

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(CA) Tafelmusik Concert: "House of Dreams" (8-9 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

Directed by Jeanne Lamon
Conceived, scripted and programmed by Alison Mackay
Stage Direction by Marshall Pynkoski
Production Design by Glenn Davidson
Projections Design by Raha Javanfar
Narrated by Blair Williams

A magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music - five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. Includes stage direction, narration, and stunning projected images.FREE pre-concert talks, an exhibit, and more!”

(BE) Scherzi Musicali CD Release: "La Catena d'Adone Domenico Mazzocchi" (24 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

La Catena d'Adone

La Catena d'Adone, first performed on 12 February 1626, presents the characteristics of the genre. A pastoral tale in a prologue and five acts, it relates the tumultuous love affairs of Adonis, Apollo, Venus and the enchantress Falsirena. The frivolous and sensual, even erotic, tone of the work has its response in the Christian moral...”


(FR) Les Festes de Thalie et France-Orpheon (Latest Newsletter): "Au berceau royal" -In Search of Instruments and of Information

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012
“My grandfather, Marcel Salomon, seems to be well known because he founded and sold lots of historical musical instruments. This part of our website is dedicated to his collection and memory. It is now a virtual collection, since he only left 3 photo albums from his "Berceau Royal" shop.

(UK) Cambridge University Press -- 60% OFF Selected Humanities and Social Sciences Titles (till 30 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

A reminder of Cambridge University Press’ sale on selected books with savings of 60% OFF regular price. There are some early music titles that may be of some interest. 

Browse through the Cambridge University Press website catalogue for more information.

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists" (By Anna Pranger Posted January 15, 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
Early Music America is a non-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. One of their many activities is the sponsorship of competitions for up-and-coming performers. In 2011 the EMA partnered with the recording label Naxos and held a competition designed to promote the careers of emerging early music artists.  …

(US) Opera Today Review: "Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina e la Compagnia dei Musici di Roma, Messa di Santa Cecilia" by Steven Plank (28 dec 2011) (Christophorus CHR 77288 [SACD])

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
“Homage could take diverse forms in Counter-Reformation Rome, and this excellent recording by ensemble officium, Messa di Santa Cecilia, focuses on a particular instance that was interestingly polyvalent.

(UK) Dance Books: New Publication

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
News from Dance Books of their latest publication “a facsimile reprint of Pierre Rameau's 1725 'Abbrege de la nouvelle methode, dans l'art d'ecrire ou de tracer toutes sortes de danses de ville'”

(US) Four Easy Tips for Preserving Your Digital Photographs

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012

With the many different early music ensembles, groups, associations etc. on our weblinks making use of photos on their sites or newsletters, I thought it would be worthwhile to read through this article on preserving digital photographs.

“Digital preservation is the set of management processes that ensure the long-term accessibility of digital information. At NDIIPP we deal with these issues on a grand scale, working to ensure the nation’s (”USA” -- ed.) valuable digital cultural heritage survives for the long-term benefit of all.

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque - February: a month full of baroque goodness!

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
“Watch out baroque fans: Arion is plowing ahead with plenty of activities!
Here is a quick survey of all the upcoming concerts this month.

(NL) Huismuziek Early Music Courses and Workshops

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
For those of you who considering visiting The Netherlands, you may want to consider visiting the Huismuziek website where the association lists several early music workshops/courses. The length of the workshops/courses vary from one day, a weekend or week.

(DE) La Danza München: Seminar "Con Gratia e Decoro" (20-22 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012

Location: Pension Schreiber, Benediktbeuern DE

“Grace (gratia) and decency, dignity (Decoro), in previous centuries were the most important virtues of the dance of courtly society. The aristocratic dance had always the function of representation; the representation of oneself in the eyes of the spectators who were themselves connoisseurs and experts of the matter. The movement style that sprang from it is characterized by highly varied steps, extreme subtlety and nuance. The sensation is, so to speak, in detail.

(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2012 (18-26 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012

Contests, Competitions and the Harmony of Nations

From the latest Lufthansa Festival newsletter (issue 7) , news that that general ticket bookings are now open to the public. If you are planning to attend any events you may consider booking/purchasing tickets early to this popular festival.

(US) ArkivMusic "Opera and Vocal Alert" (On sale through 2/15/12.)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
A reminder from ArkivMusic of their music sale "Opera and Vocal Alert" which is nearing its “end-of-sale” period. You may want to browse the list for any early music titles that interest you.

(US) ARTEK Mini Festival: "Music of Johann Rosenmüller" (10-11 feb 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
Location: St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Avenue at 87th Street, New York NY, US

Johann Rosenmüller, though born in Germany, worked in Venice as one of the successors of Monteverdi. His vespers music is equally glorious to Monteverdi's own on a grand scale, and his smaller scale music displays some of the finest instrumental virtuosity and melodic fluidity of the 17th century. Pre-concert lecture (included in ticket price) and other related events (Chant Camp with Susan Hellauer of Anonymous 4) will be announced at a later date.”

(US) ARTEK Chant Camp with Susan Hellauer of Anonymous Four (11 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012

Location:  Immanuel Lutheran Church,122 East 88th Street, New York NY, US

Chant Camp is a half day session of chant singing, structured around a number of carefully-chosen plainchant topics. Each topic presentation begins with a brief, informative, illustrated lecture, followed by plenty of group singing, to illustrate and permanently “set” the lesson. The workshop ends with a communal chant singing, combining elements of the day’s work, along with extensions and improvisations based on the day’s material.

(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Arnold Goldsbrough – Yorkshireman, organist, harpsichordist & conductor Part 1" (20 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2012

From a recent blog post on the Semibrevity website.

“I mentioned in my post on Thurston Dart that I couldn’t find out much about Arnold Goldsbrough, who had been his teacher at the Royal College of Music 1938–9.

Since then I’ve tracked down Arnold’s son, now in his eighties, who has put me onto his dad’s surviving cronies and told me some stories. Through him, one way or another, I now have a great deal of previously unpublished material.

(US) French Baroque Music: Interpretation and Performance (14-18 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2012

Location: University of Alabama School of Music, Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

The University of Alabama Endowed Chair in Musicology 2012

Public events: Lectures, Dance Class, Panel Discussion and Demonstration, and Concert: Chamber Music of the French Baroque (music by Couperin, Jacquet de La Guerre, Rebel, Clérambault, and Charpentier).

(US) American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting 2013 - Call for Papers (CFP) Deadline: 10 feb 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2012

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women seeks proposals for a co-sponsored session at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

The AHA meeting will be held January 3-6, 2013 in New Orleans.

(UK) Morley College: Harpsichord Tuning and Maintenance A-B (5 feb; 25 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2012

Location: Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT 

Learn how to tune and maintain your harpsichord, including differences in tuning systems and simple repairs, parts A and B.

(CZ) Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (7-15 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 31, 2012
Location: Pražské jaro, o. p. s., Hellichova 18, 118 00 Praha 1

“Every year since 1947, the Prague Spring International Music Competition has helped young artists on the threshold of their careers.

The 64th Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, will be held from 7 to 15 May 2012 in Prague for the instrumentals Harpsichord and Cello. …“

(US) Playing the Palace - Opera Lafayette Plays Versailles Blog: Three Theaters

Contributed by Admin on Jan 30, 2012

Three Theaters
January 28, 2012
By Andrew Appel

Keeping us up-to-date with news from Opera Lafayette; Andrew Appel blogs on the “goings on” of the group and other tid-bits.

Friday, January 20, 2012 7 PM The Atlas Performing Arts Center The presence of an art center is a known catalyst for the renaissance of a neighborhood on the down and outs. It attracts peaceful, benign folks (artists, families) ; it fertilizes parallel businesses like restaurants, and when well considered, it serves the community, from young to old. The Atlas is a perfect example. Opera Lafayette chose the Atlas as a rehearsal home many years ago …

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