(IT) Bîrûn. Seminars of Ottoman Music (16 Apr 2012 - 21 Mar 2012) (Scholarship Dealine: 1 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012
“ The Giorgio Cini Foundation offers six scholarships to allow the participation to the Seminars of Ottoman music “Bîrûn”, to be held in Venice from 16 to 21 April 2012. The seminar addresses professional or semi-professional musicians specialized in Ottoman classical music, or wishing to deepen their knowledge of the genre.

(IT) Summer Courses of Musica Antica in Magnano (9-17 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012
“The object of these courses is to offer specialisation to trained musicians and to introduce younger musicians to the study and interpretation of early music. The courses include the study of musicological and organological aspects related to the various instruments.

(UK) Handel House - Looking Back on 2011

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012
“… we at Handel House reflect on the amazing year we have had. The main highlight – and milestone – has been our 10th anniversary year. To celebrate we had some very special performances from Richard Egarr with his English suites by Bach and Handel and the London Handel Players in residence performing 8 concerts over 4 days. Not to forget Composer-in-Residence Kerry Andrew's series which included a wonderful event which saw the bed in Handel’s bedroom dressed beautifully with a ribbon score as if all his musical ideas were spilling out uncontrollably.

(UK) Hyperion Records Ltd. New Releases - January 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012

New releases for January 2012 from Hyperion Records Ltd.

Handel in Hamburg

A boisterous selection of the orchestral music Handel wrote for the Hamburg opera, some recorded for the first time. He arrived aged just eighteen and spent four hectic years absorbing the influences of this most culturally diverse of cities.

(CA) BBC Radio 3: Mary Ann Kennedy "A visit to the Chants de Vielles Festival in Quebec" (Broadcase 11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 31, 2011
“Mary Ann Kennedy explores the rich folk traditions of Quebec at the annual Chants de Vielles Festival in the tiny village of Calixa La Vallée. Its main stage, set up in a barn, hosts a performance by star a cappella group Les Charbonniers d'Enfer; Les Chauffeurs a Pied play for a barn dance; and trio Serre l'Ecoute lead the audience in some rousing anti-English songs from the eighteenth century.

(CA) All of the Very Best of Wishes in the New Year Filled With Merriment and Music!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 31, 2011

Have a safe celebration and please do not drink and drive!

Marc Paré

(US) Opera Today Review: "A Year at King’s" (CD) (By Steven Plank, 18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011
“This recent recording of the men and boys from King’s College, Cambridge, is an anthology organized around the texts and themes of the liturgical year, a scheme that offers ample opportunity for diverse works—in that sense the recording feels something like a “sampler”—but a scheme that also reflects the real experience of the daily life of the choir which sings demanding choral services six days of the week in term time.

(BE) Capilla Flamenca Newsletter (19 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011

The latest newsletter from Capilla Flamenca brings news of well-deserved awards for the group:

DIAPASON D'OR for “Flemish Polyphony”
PRIX CHOC for “Heinrich Isaac, Ich muss dich lassen”

(US) ArkivMusic Weekend Specials & New Year's from Vienna (Newsletter: 30 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011

For those of you who may be interested: 

“This holiday weekend at ArkivMusic includes an extra day of savings for our Weekend Specials, which include the 2012 New Year's Concert from Vienna, a gorgeous set of Mozart's quartets, a wonderfully vibrant box of Marais's viol music, one of the great recordings of the 13th-century Carmina burana, and an exceptional Hammerklavier from Emil Gilels. Remember, these deals end Monday at midnight EST!”

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Seasonal Settings And Angelic Appearances" By Laura Osterlund (19 December 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011
“It’s time to celebrate the holidays with a selection of motets based on chants for the Christmas season!  Our first chant is Puer natus est nobis, a Introit that celebrates Christ’s birth. Its text reads: “A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us: Whose government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, the Angel of the Great Counsel.”

(US) Oregon Renaissance Band (ORB) 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 29, 2011

A reminder from Oregon Renaissance Band of their upcoming 2012 concert listings as well as their latest concert.

Oregon Renaissance Band Christmas/New Years Concerts 2011 "The New Year's Gift" will be:
Saturday Dec. 31 at 2:00pm

All at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97202.  Celebrating ORB's 20th year.  Directed by Philip and Gayle Neuman, with musicians David Bryan, Sharon Cheney, Daphne Clifton, Ben Fitch, Lori Fitch, Polly Gibson, Andrew Harris, Kathy Langley, Cindy Markham, Kathryn Richer, and Hideki Yamaya.  …

(CA) Early Music Fredericton 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 29, 2011

From the latest email from Early Music Fredericton, holiday wishes as well as a reminder of upcoming 2012 concerts: “Doves, nightingales, cuckoos, chickens” and “The Couperin Dynasty”.

(FR) Julia Kogan - Les Passions "Anche il mar par che Sommerga" - Vivaldi (19 Apr 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 29, 2011
For your viewing pleasure, Julia Kogan and “Les Passions - Orchestre baroque de Montauban” Vivaldi "Anche il mar par che Sommerga" (II Bajazet) Réalisation Nicolas Kauffmann. Recorded on the 19 April 2011 at the “Théâtre Olympe de Gouges - Montauban”

(US) Opera Today DVD Review: "Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Cantatas" (Reviewed by: Steven Plank) (22 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 29, 2011
In Wilhelm Weitsch’s well-known painting of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian seems far distant from the cantorial world of his father.

(FR) France Musique ""Les Traverses du temps" Interview: Joël Suhubiette (17 Jan 2012 19:00-20:00)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 29, 2011

Reserve this date! Joël Suhubiette, director to the “Chœur de chambre les éléments” will be invited guest of Marcel Quillevéré’s "Les Traverses du temps" on“France Musique” on 17 Jan 2012 from 19:00 to 20:00.

(US) Salon/Sanctuary 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 28, 2011
“Founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Jessica Gould as an alternative to the conventional concert hall, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts offers the special chance to hear acclaimed artists performing pre-Romantic music in intimate venues that complement the historical context of the repertoire. We present compositions intended for the domestic salon in the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium of the Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, built in 1799, where Salon/Sanctuary is the concert series in residence.  Sacred music is performed in sanctuaries appropriate to the religious context of the music.

(US) "Biscuits and Bach" Interview with Stile Antico (25 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 28, 2011
Biscuits & Bach is a four-hour program hosted by Rachel Stewart and featuring music from the Renaissance to the Baroque and beyond. Rachel welcomes the occasional guest and shares a recipe or two. It's food for the soul and soul food on a Sunday morning.“

(US) University of Michigan Press - Recently Published: "Ornamentalism The Art of Renaissance Accessories" (2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 27, 2011
Edited and with an Introduction by Bella Mirabella

Original essays by leading scholars on the significance of accessories in the cultural, social, and political lives of men and women in the Renaissance.

Renaissance people understood that honor and good graces were marked by being properly attired and by wearing distinctive ornaments. An examination of material life and fashion in the early modern period reveals the crucial role ornaments played in social, political, and cultural negotiations of power and identity.

(US) American Musicological Society Rocky Mountain Chapter: Annual Meeting, Univ. of Northern Colorado, (30-31 Mar 2012) (CFP Deadline: 15 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 27, 2011

(From the AMS mailing list)

Call for Papers

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society will hold its annual meeting on 30-31 Mar, 2012, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. The meeting will be held jointly with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Music Theory.

(US) BEMF Holiday Sale Extended to January 1-Save on tickets and CDs!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 25, 2011

(From the latest BEMF news -- ed.)

“Due to overwhelming response, we will be extending our Holiday Sale through January 1, 2012!

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Wishes of Christmas

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011

“Arion Orchestre Baroque would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with music! They also send a link to“Michel Corrette: Symphonie des Noëls #2 en ré majeur, mvt 1 (Allegro)” for your enjoyment pleasure on this very day.

Merci Arion!

For more information on the group, visit the Arion Orchestre Baroque website.

(CA) Merry Christmas, Holiday Wishes and Best of Wishes in the New Year!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011

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(UK) Cambridge University Press - New Publication: "Performing Operas for Mozart Impresarios, Singers and Troupes" ( Ian Woodfield, Queen's University Belfast)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011
“The Italian opera company in Prague managed by Pasquale Bondini and Domenico Guardasoni played a central role in promoting Mozart's operas during the final years of his life. Using a wide range of primary sources which include the superb collections of eighteenth-century opera posters and concert programmes in Leipzig and the Indice de' teatrali spettacoli, an almanac of Italian singers and dancers, this study examines the annual schedules, recruitment networks, casting policies and repertoire selections of this important company.

(US) The Countertenor Voice: An Online Journal (Latest Issue) (Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011
“Hello Dear Readers,

We have been hibernating for the past month or so, but will return in force mid-January with more articles and reviews!

(DE) Newsletter Update: "Bal de Versailles en costume XVIII ème" in Italy (23-24 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2011

The“Bal de Versailles en costume du Grand Siècle et du Siècle des Lumières” will take place in Reggia Caserta Palazzo Campanie Caserta Italy, 23-24 June 2012.“

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