News » Early Music Concerts 2010-2011

(FR) "Nais, opéra pour la paix" Jean-Philippe Rameau presented by La Simphonie du Marais - Hugo Reyne (2011/04/06)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 29, 2011
Created at the Academy of Music Royal in April 1749, Nais opera for peace, Jean-Philippe Rameau, libretto by Louis de Cahusac, was composed in honor of Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, the famous European peace treaty, which, at the same time, inspired Handel's Royal Fireworks.


(US) GEMS -- Notes on the Scene (New York)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 29, 2011
Because there are so many events coming up, we are sending out a special edition (of the GEMS Newsletter) covering the next two weekends.  Also please note a correction to the Big Apple Baroque concert: the date is FRIDAY, April 1 (not Sunday, as originally listed).


(US) BACH IN MARCH : Bach Birthday Festival 2011 (2011 March 26)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2011

In 1762, John Christian Bach, youngest son of the old master, Johann Sebastian, journeyed to London for a lucrative position with the King’s Theatre. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Music Master to Queen Charlotte Sophia (wife of “Mad” King George III) and the Royal Family. With a few close musical friends, the "London Bach" formed an ensemble to entertain Her Majesty in her private chambers: The Queen’s Chamber Band.


(US) La Donna Musicale celebrates Women’s History Month with the modern premiere performance of “Sofonisba” by 18th-century Italian composer Maria Teresa Agnesi.

Contributed by Musicale on Feb 28, 2011

Sophonisba: Heroic Queen.

Don't miss this tale of power, love, honor, and death presented by a cast of star singers and musicians in this extraordinary concert! March 25, Boston, MA & March 26, Arlington, MA. This is the first “opera seria” written by a woman composer.


(CA) Nota Bene Period Orchestra presents: Bach's Leipzig, and the music of his time (2011 March 13)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2011
On March 13, 2011 Nota Bene Period Orchestra presents “Bach’s Leipzig”, a concert of music by J.S Bach along with the music of his contemporaries and predecessors from the historic city of Leipzig, Germany.  The concert, which features local favourite, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Enns Modolo, will include a slide show with historical connections to our own city of Kitchener.


(CA) Musathena presents "Women of the Baroque" -- Concert (2011 March 6)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2011
Two concerts of Baroque Music by Women Composers performed by one of Canada’s newest baroque ensembles, Musathena.

Members of Musathena: Katherine Hill, soprano; Sheila Smyth & Valerie Sylvester, baroque violins; Rebecca Morton, baroque cello; Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord 

Enjoy the rare opportunity to hear some exquisite music written by seldom-heard women composers of the Baroque. The programme will include works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda and the enigmatic Mrs. Philarmonica. As an added bonus, the ensemble will be premiering a specially-commissioned work by Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum, a setting of a dialogue by Mary Sidney (1561-1621) in honour of Queen Elizabeth I. Countertenor Timothy Wong will join Musathena for this new work.


(CA) "Il Mio Sole" - Tactus Vocal Ensemble Concert (2011 March 12)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 19, 2011
An evening of sublime music will be performed in the magnificent spaces of Guelph’s Church of Our Lady Immaculate. Guest organist Christiaan Teeuwsen joins TACTUS to perform works chosen mainly from the Italian Renaissance.

There is a strong connection between the composers featured in our concert and the acoustically brilliant Sistine Chapel. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, champion of Rome's Counter Reformation, needs little introduction to lovers of early music. His student, the Spaniard, Tomas Luis de Victoria will be also represented.


(US) NOW DOES THE GLORIOUS DAY APPEAR Music for the Royal Women of Britannia - American Bach Soloists Concert (2011 February 25-28)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 19, 2011

Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel took great joy in composing music for their royal patrons, Queens Mary II of England, Anne of Great Britain, and Caroline of Ansbach. Join ABS, the American Bach Choir, and a quintet of splendid vocal soloists for a rare treat of sumptuous music! 


(US) Music for Two Harpsichords -- Concert (2011-02-19)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2011

Saturday, 19 February 2011
First Moravian Church of
New York City
, NY

Harpsichord Unlimited presents Nickolai Sheikov & Elaine Comparone in a rare duo recital of music for two harpsichords.
Program:

  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Duetto for 2 Keyboards in F Major
  • Francois Couperin, Four Pieces
  • Padre Antonio Soler, Concerto #1 in C Major for 2 Harpsichords
  • Robert Baksa*, Duo Sonata #2 for 2 Harpsichords (1995)
  • Elodie Lauten, Indigo 2 for 2 Harpsichords (World Premiere)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue for Solo Harpsichord (BWV 903) -- Mr. Sheikov


(US) Venice and Versailles -- Concert by The Four Nations Ensemble (2011-02-21)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 14, 2011
Venice and Versailles
The Four Nations Ensemble
Christine Brandes, soprano

Music of Couperin, Leclair, Caldara, Strozzi and Hasse
25th Anniversary New York Concert Series
Monday, February 21/2011 at 8pm
The New Church
114 East 35 Street
New York City


(CA) Bach Mass in B Minor -- Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (2011 Feb. 9-10, 12-13)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2011
Bach’s great monument to the human spirit, featuring the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra and a stunning cast of soloists, all under the direction of Choir Director Ivars Taurins.

Dorothee Mields, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone


(US) La Guitarre Royalle -- Les Délices Ensemble (2011 February 12-13)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 25, 2011
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll highlight the astonishingly beautiful playing of Toronto-based lutenist Lucas Harris, whose poetic approach has been called “a revelation” (Le Devoir).


(US) Extraordinary Women From an Extraordinary Era (Magnificat) -- By Marianne Lipanovich (Concert: 2011 Feb 4,5,6)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2011
It turns out the 17th century was a great time for women composers. Magnificat Baroque and its guest soloist, soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani, are hoping that their upcoming program, Donne Virtuose, will lead listeners to discover the wonderful work created by four of such extraordinary women.

(FR) St. Matthew Passion -- J.S. Bach (2011, March 23; April 2,3) -- Orchestre Les Passions

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2011

Orchestre LES PASSIONS
Isabelle Poulenard, soprano. Guillemette Laurens, alto.
Vincent Lièvre-Picard, tenor (Evangelist). Arnaud Richard, bass (Pilate).
Jean-François Rouchon, bass (Jesus). Antonio Guirao, bass (Peter,Judas)
chorus : ARCHIPELS (Joël Suhubiette) - A CONTRETEMPS (Guy Zanesi)
ARPEGE (J. Charpentier) – Maîtrise du CONSERVATOIRE de Toulouse (M. Opstad)
Musical Direction Jean-Marc Andrieu

Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse (2011, March 23; April 3)
Palais des Sports, Bordeaux (2011, April 2)


(US) Handel's Messiah - A Conversation with Jeffrey Thomas (YouTube)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2011

American Bach Soloists Music Director, Jeffrey Thomas, speaks about their annual performances of Handel's Messiah, one of the greatest oratorios of all time, in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Baritone Jesse Blumberg and the American Bach Choir are featured in performance clips.


(FR) "De Paris à Versailles". Charpentier, Marais, Couperin -- Les Passions Orchestre Baroque (2011 January 22)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011

Église du Bouclier – Strasbourg

With Italian influence and in defense of the French style, these three composers entertained contrasting rapports with the Court at Versailles. The delicacy and richness of music by Charpentier regularly attracted Louis XIV in Paris, while Marin Marais, Lully's successor, enjoyed the grace of the King in the splendor of the Court. Couperin, meanwhile, sailed incessantly from Paris to Versailles and was able to skillfully combine French and Italian styles by the subtle and learned style of his writing.


(US) GEMS Gala Showcase -- (Jan. 9, 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011

Come to a gala showcase featuring 7 of the finest world-class early music ensembles, produced by GEMS Live! and Nancy Carlin Associates.


(US) Rameau’s Zéphyre, New York (Review by John Yohalem) (2010 Oct. 21)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010

In sports they say, “Winning isn’t the most important thing—it’s the only thing.” In the theater, getting the show on the boards out front is the key.

All else is, if not irrelevant, subservient: the look, the style, the star, the archival accuracy. You can pull any strings you like; just get out there and dance. Or sing.


(US) Clarion Warms the Holidays with the Return of its "Bach for Christmas" Concert (2010 Dec. 15)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010
In a season bursting with Messiahs, the Clarion Music Society celebrates the holidays with a repeat performance of its popular Bach for Christmas concert, which sold out in December 2008. 

On Wednesday, December 15th, young Early Music maestro Steven Fox once again conducts the Clarion Choir together with the period-instrument Clarion Orchestra and an outstanding group of soloists in Bach’s celebratory Cantata No. 133 ‘Ich freue mich in dir’, and the 2nd and 5th Cantatas from the Christmas Oratorio, ‘Und es waren Hirten’ and ‘Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen.’  The concert, which takes place at Park Avenue Christian Church (1010 Park at 85th Street), features soloists Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Melissa Attebury and Virginia Warnken, altos; Oliver Mercer, tenor (Evangelist); Daniel Mutlu, tenor; John Boehr, baritone, and Douglas Williams, bass.


(US) Philharmonia Baroque Does Strange and Wonderful (Review By Jonathan Rhodes Lee) (2010 11 05)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Concerto grosso ... Vivaldi’s Four Seasons ... “Pre-classic” music — these terms are probably enough to send a seasoned classical music fan running for the hills. They tend to conjure up advertising soundtracks, bargain basement recordings, and, above all, generic interpretations. But put this repertoire in the hands of expert interpreters and a seasoned period-instrument orchestra, and it soon becomes apparent why 18th-century audiences were hungry for orchestral repertoire by the bucket load. 


(US) Les Délices Season Preview: a Conversation with Debra Nagy (ClevelandClassical.com) (2010 Nov. 2)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010
For its 2010-2011 season, Les Délices’ founder and artistic director Debra Nagy has once again dug deep into her imagination and created three unique programs that are a sure bet to enthrall Northeast Ohio lovers of early music. Since the group’s founding in 2006, Les Délices has quickly established a reputation for polished, expressive, and dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works from the French Baroque. And each season the ensemble brings together artists who share a passion for this beguiling yet seldom heard repertoire. Their performances on period instruments allow them to explore a rich tapestry of tone colors, and the group's name conveys their approach to the music of this era: a delight, a fine delicacy, sumptuous, and exciting. 

(FR) Chandos Anthems et Concertos Grossos --"Concert Haendel" (2010 Nov. 14)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010
Command of the Duke of Chandos to 1717, these sacred vocal pieces are representative of Handel's genius in this field.

(UK) Haydn: L’isola disabitata, London (2010 Nov. 2) -- Opera Today Review

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010

Haydn’s L’isola disabitata is ideally suited to the modern taste for chamber opera. This is Haydn for those who think they don’t like his operas or even baroque form.

Written in 1799, just before the three best known operas, L’isola disabitata is enjoying a major revival all of its own, thanks to the 2007 edition used at the Young Artists production in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, London. It’s short, snappy and there are no high male voices. 


(CA) Laura Pudwell and Friends / plus "What is Basso Continuo??" (2010 Nov. 14)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 05, 2010

Laura Pudwell and Friends
plus "What is Basso Continuo??"
A masterclass with Lutenist, Lucas Harris
directly after the concert.

Classics at the Registry
Sunday, Nov 14th - 3:00pm matinee
$25 adult / $20 senior/ $15 student / $10 WLU Music Students/ $5 eyeGO & under 18
Presented by The Registry Chamber Players and WLU


(UK) Handel House Museum -- Events At A Glance

Contributed by Admin on Nov 02, 2010

Visit the Handel House Museum -- Events at a Glance website

 If you have time, please visit the ever so busy concert schedule of the Handel House Museum. A little something for everyone.

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