News » Early Music Concerts 2011-2012

(UK) Jane Austen Dancers Annual Ball (18 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 16, 2011
The programme of Dances will include Round Dances, Longways Country Dances, Cotillions, Quadrilles and a Grand March. These will all be called. However, the complexities of a Quadrille are impossible to teach at a ball, so it is important that all Quadrille participants be familiar with the steps and figures beforehand.

(US) Boston Early Music Festival Concert: Stile Antico "Puer Natus Est — Tudor Music for Christmas and Advent" (17 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 14, 2011
“Celebrate the holiday season with the sublime voices of Stile Antico! This self-directed group of singers has won praise and acclaim spanning the globe for their exquisite performances balancing precise tone with soaring beauty. They return to the BEMF stage following standing ovations for their October, 2010 concert and present a program of immense grandeur and delicate grace featuring sparkling masterworks for the Christmas and Advent seasons by Tallis, Byrd, Taverner, Sheppard, and other Tudor composers.

(US) American Bach Soloists Concert: St. Matthew Passion (24-27 February 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 12, 2011

The first Bach program in the new year will be the masterful St. Matthew Passion, presented February 24-27, 2012, and featuring tenor Wesley Rogers (Evangelista), baritone Joshua Copland (Christus), along with an octet of ABS vocal soloists including alto Danielle Reutter-Harrah, tenors Derek Chester and Aaron Sheehan, baritones Jesse Blumberg and Robert Stafford, and the American Bach Choir with members of the Pacific Boychoir.

(US) Salon/Sanctuary Concerts: "More Between Heaven and Earth" (17 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 11, 2011
(Reposted by Admin)

On Saturday, December 17th at 8:00pm at The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St., Salon/Sanctuary Concerts presents

Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway,
and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment

Internationally renowned actor, Golden Globe Winner, and multiple Emmy Nominee Matthew Modine and TONY-Award Nominee and Broadway Star Melissa Errico star in a unique dramatic presentation drawn from the passionate letters of  Thomas Jefferson and painter/composer/musician Maria Cosway, intertwined with the performance of music mentioned in their correspondance, including works by Sacchini, Hewitt, and rarely performed compositions by Cosway herself.

Featuring performances by Jessica Gould, soprano and Karim Sulayman, tenor
Members of the Clarion Society Orchestra
Stage Direction by Erica Gould

(FR) Ensemble La Fenice Concert: "La Noche Buena" (15-16 Dec 2011) and "Excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratori" (18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 10, 2011

Recently, Ensemble la Fenice Jean Tubéry reminds us of their upcoming concerts:

  • 15 December 2011 La Noche Buena (Sainte Nuit) avec Claire Lefilliâtre - Avallon (89)
  • 16 December 2011 La Noche Buena (Sainte Nuit) avec Claire Lefilliâtre - Eglise Saint Eusèbe, 18h30 - Auxerre (89)
  • 18 December 2011 Excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Camerata de l'Yonne - Église Saint Eusèbe, 18h00 - Auxerre (89)

(FR) Les Passions Concerts: Cantem Nadal, Noël Baroque Occitan (11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 10, 2011
“An instrumental and vocal ensemble, with twelve musicians from both worlds (Baroque music and traditional instrumentalists and singers) travels through Christmas songs the vast territory consisting of Provence, Languedoc, Auvergne, Limousin, Gascony , Catalonia and Aragon. A journey through time as well, since the sources used in the musical arrangements range from sixteenth to the nineteenth century.”

(FR) AKADÊMIA Françoise Lasserre -- Concerts: "Un Noël à Leipzig" – Johann Sebastian BACH (11, 13-15 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 10, 2011

Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, Cantate BWV 40
Ich freue mich in dir, Cantate BWV 133
Messe en Fa majeur, BWV 233

Veronika Winter, Eliette Prévot, sopranos - Mélodie Ruvio, Eric de Fontenay, altos
Johannes Weiss
, Philippe Froeliger, tenors - Benoît Arnould, Virgile Ancely, basses

Flavio Losco, Myriam Cambreling, violins - Géraldine Roux, viola
Hervé Douchy, cello - Jean-Paul Talvard, contrebasse - Laurent Stewart, organ
Timothée Oudinot, Vincent Blanchard, oboes - Nicolas André, bassoon
Pierre-Yves Madeuf, Olivier Picon, horns
Françoise LASSERRE, conductor

(UK) Christmas at Handel House

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011
“Music plays an important part in Handel House and we have two harpsichords and a spinet which are regularly used for rehearsals and weekly concerts. Concerts are held in Handel's music room which he used as a recital room and where he would rehearse his latest operas or oratorios with musicians and singers.“

(US) GEMS "Notes on the Scene" Newsletter Item and Newsletter Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cathedral of St John the Divine & Harold Rosenbaum: Pilgrimage

“In a special free event on Wednesday, December 21st at 6:00 PM, early music singers led by conductor Harold Rosenbaum will walk through Central Park from the front steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, singing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

(CA) I FURIOSI Concert: Hell Hath No Fury (10 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Hell hath no fury like I FURIOSI scorned.  Not your average Christmas concert.

Guest: James Johnstone, harpsichord

I FURIOSI is one of the world’s most innovative Baroque ensembles, comprised of four of Canada’s leading early music specialists: soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. These four bold musicians celebrate I FURIOSI’s Thirteenth Season by invoking the "bizarre and unnatural" aesthetic both esteemed and reviled in the Baroque era. Captivating performance style and inspired thematic programming has garnered I FURIOSI a reputation as a rebellious and ground breaking force in the Canadian and international early music scene.

(FR) Concerto Soave December 2011 Newsletter: Noël de l'Europe Baroque, De Monteverdi à Bach

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011
Ten concerts to sing  Christmas in the Baroque mode through “les Bouches-du-Rhone”. From Spain to Italy, via Germany, all the musicians of Baroque Europe are determined to illustrate the Nativity. This program proposes some of the most beautiful pages of Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Alessandro Scarlatti, Juan Bautista Cabanilles, Marc'Antonio Ziani, where you can hear the ”cornemuses” of the shepherds who crowd around the manger,  be moved with the Virgin in front of the sleeping child, feel the emotion and joy that cover the earth at the announcement of the coming of the Savior.

(US) Early Music DC: December 2011 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

After a short disruption from the Early Music DC webserver, the following is the latest of concert listings in the Washington DC area.

(IT) Pizzico Ensemble Concert: "PIZZICO Napoletano nel '700" (11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 03, 2011

Luca Mereu: baroque mandoline
Elisabetta Fardelli:  harpsichord
Date: 11 Dec 2011
Teatro Keiros

Roma-Via Padova 38a
MB p.zza Bologna
Telephone: 06.44 23 80 26

The Pizzico Ensemble was created with the intent to promote a repertoire dedicated to compositions for harpsichord, mandolin, vocals and strings now forgotten. The repertoire experienced its heyday in the eighteenth century along with a lot of mandolin composers such as: Paganini, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Vivaldi and others.

(FR) Ensemble Jacques Moderne Joël Suhubiette, conductor Concert: Dido and Aeneas (14 Dec 2011; 20-21 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 02, 2011
After the success of last season's King Arthur, and following its exploration of the English lyrical repertoire, the Ensemble Jacques Moderne suggests another masterpiece from Purcell: Dido and Aeneas.

(FR) December News From Agence Claire Laballery: December Early Music Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 02, 2011
Sunday 11 Dec 2011 – Bruno Procopio
Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides , Paris
« Hommage à Marcos Portugal » - Missa Grande
With Chœurs L’Echelle and Le Sans-Pareil

Saturday 17 Dec 2011 – Amanda Favier
Salle Louis BARRAN à Moirans(38)
Vivaldi –  Four Seasons with Orchestre Piccola Musica

Sunday 18 Dec 2011 – Amanda Favier
Église Notre –Dame de la Salette à Saint-Martin d’Hères (38)
Vivaldi –  Four Seasons with Orchestre Piccola Musica


(FR) La Simphonie du Marais - Hugo Reyne Concert: "Sonates et Suites Françaises et Allemandes: Marais, Philidor, Bach, Haendel" (10, 11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011

Hugo Reyne, flûte
Emmanuelle Guigues, viole de gambe
Claire Antonini, théorbe

With this program, Hugo Reyne finds comfort with the repertoire of the “sonata”. The intimacy of this music, “chambre” in nature, conducive to the expression of the greatest musical sensitivity.

(US) American Bach Soloists: Handel's MESSIAH (15,16,18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011
“Always a sell-out, ABS's performances of Handel's enduring masterwork have garnered critical praise year after year. A stellar quartet of vocal soloists and the superbly polished American Bach Choir join the period instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists under the adroit musical direction of Jeffrey Thomas for one of Northern California’s most treasured holiday traditions.“

(US) SFEMS Presents a Glorious Christmas Feast (16,17,18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011

Magnificat Baroque Ensemble Sounds the Season
Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Francisco

Magnificat Baroque Ensemble and instrumental guests The Whole Noyse and Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, join forces in splendiferous song, recreating the Christmas Vespers of the Dresden Court Chapel in 1660. "Each of the outstanding singers has a unique and beautiful sound, and the combination of their voices produces an exceptionally felicitous ensemble sound."—

(CA) Tafelmusik: "BAROQUE SPLENDOUR The Golden Age of Dresden" (1-4 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011
Alfredo Bernardini, Guest Director and Oboe Soloist

Baroque Dresden’s remarkable court orchestra attracted Europe’s best instrumentalists and composers, resulting in flashy, stunning and technically demanding music. Join Tafelmusik, directed by the dynamic and entertaining Italian oboe virtuoso Alfredo Bernardini, for music by Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann and Vivaldi.

(US) Celebrate the Season with the Tudor Choir

Contributed by Admin on Nov 29, 2011

From the Tudor Choir’s latest newsletter: Christmas concert, Holiday gifts and donations 

Dear Friends of the Tudor Choir,

We look forward to seeing you at our annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 30 at Blessed Sacrament Church, which will be beautifully decorated for the season. Bring your family and friends and enjoy festive carols and motets from the Renaissance!

(FR) Le Parlement de Musique: Haendel: Le Messie (Dublin, 1742) (2,3,4 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 29, 2011
Le Parlement de Musique, Martin Gester will be performing Handel’s Messiah (the Dublin, 1742 version) in December. 

(CA) The Toronto Consort: A Spanish Christmas (9,10,11 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“The Toronto Consort celebrates Christmas with a Latin flavour on December 9 and 10 at 8:00 pm and on December 11 at 3:30 pm with A Spanish Christmas at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. One of the Consort’s most popular programs, variations on A Spanish Christmas have been performed every two seasons since 2007.

(FR) XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade: December Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
Le Baroque Nomade ...

aims at finding other kinds of music :  music that is exotic or different ; music that is listened to in other ways, by other kinds of people. This pursuit sometimes involves violence, restrictions or confrontation. But it also makes way for an encounter, a fundamental, liberating passion.

December Concert Listings

(US) Folger Consort Concert: O Magnum Mysterium (9-18 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
Folger Consort celebrates the holidays with a rich treasury of Christmas music from 16th-century Spain. These spirited songs—including stunning works by Victoria, Morales, and Guerrero—offer a fresh and festive celebration of the season in the Folger's beautifully decorated theatre.

(US) New Preview Video for the BEMF Chamber Opera! (26,27 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

“The directors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the Boston Early Music Festival have been hard at work preparing our fourth annual Chamber Opera Series production, featuring La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, as part of a Marc-Antoine Charpentier double bill.

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