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(CA) I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble Concert: "Fish out of Water" + Silent Auction! (24 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

Location: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto Ontario, CA

"People have been trekking across the planet, making homes in foreign lands since before the invention of the wheel. Composers, susceptible to the musical whims of Royals and Nobles, have always had to turn up in new places, suffer alienation and try to fit in.
I FURIOSI welcomes flautist Jed Wentz from Amsterdam and harpsichordist James Johnstone from London to experience the culture shock of Toronto Pride week.

Works by Telemann, Couperin, Rameau and more" ...


(ES) La Spagna Ensemble ~ Homage to Cervantes Congress (21 Apr 2016)

Contributed by admin on Apr 16, 2016

"La Spagna joins the Congress of Deputies to honor Miguel de Cervantes, to mark the fourth centenary of his death, by interpreting the "Burlesque de Quixotte" This work, presented as an instrumental suite, is one of the most brilliant examples of descriptive music applied to a literary work. ...


(US) Baroque Band is closing the rivalry season with L'Arte Del Violino! Featuring Rachel Barton Pine!

Contributed by baroqueband on Mar 16, 2016

Rachel Barton Pine makes her Baroque Band debut to help close the season with "rock star" concertos!

One of the first ‘rock star’ virtuoso violinists, Pietro Locatelli was known for his flamboyance both musically and in his life. Said to play like the devil he could often be seen in the courts of Europe dressed in his diamond-studded clothes. Meanwhile, ...


(US) Baroque Band Concert: "Veiled Beauty: Forgotten Treasures of the French Baroque" (13 Apr 2016)

Contributed by baroqueband on Mar 16, 2016

Forgotten Treasures of the French Baroque. Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Music by Leclair, Hotteterre, Chauvon and Guillemain.

Join Baroque Band’s musicians in the intimate setting of Chicago’s beautiful Driehaus Museum for an hour-long program of enchanting chamber music.


(UK) Wigmore Hall Upcoming Concert Line-ups

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

A lot going on at Wigmore Hall, especially with its early music fare of concerts:

  • 18 Feb: Avi Avital mandolin; Mahan Esfahani harpsichord; Sean Shibe guitar -- Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Ben-Haim and more
  • 19 Feb: Carolin Widmann violin -- Telemann, Zimmermann, Pascal Dusapin and Bach
  • 21 Feb: Doric String Quartet - Haydn String Quartets Op. 76 – Part 2
  • 23 Feb: Theatre of the Ayre; Elizabeth Kenny - Sacred Theatre: Solo songs, dialogues and scenes by Purcell and his contemporaries
  • 01 Mar: The English Concert - Handel’s Orlando
  • 13-19 May: London Festival of Baroque Music

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(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Katherine McKee music director Concert: "Renaissance Music for Multiple Choirs" (27 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Location: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, US

These exciting finale concerts of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) 2015-16 Season, "The Grand Tour," features works for multiple choirs - a musical sampler from across Europe including Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain & the Lowlands.  Our Grand Promenade around Europe will include a northerly jaunt into Scotland, with excerpts from Robert Carver's Missa dum Sacrum Mysterium. On the Continent we'll visit the lowlands for Josquin's 24 voice motet Qui habitat & music by exiled Englishman Peter Philips, & tour Germany & Austria for works by Handel, Hassler, & Praetorius.  The southern leg of our journey will include the brilliance of Spanish composers Victoria, Raval, & Guerrero, as well as favorites by that quintessential international genius Orlando di Lasso, including O la, o che bon eccho. ...


(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "At the Pleasure of Mazarin" (25 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
Location:
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Charles Weaver, theorbo
James Waldo, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord
 

"A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino (1602 – 1661), was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, and although Bernini in Paris would ultimately be the prize of Mazarin's successor, the Cardinal imported innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers to his adopted country. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations. ...


(US) Baroque Band's Rivalry Series Continues with "Leipzig's Got Talent" (11-12, 16 March 2016)

Contributed by baroqueband on Feb 10, 2016

Bach, Telemann, and Graupner do battle for the post of cantor at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. Who will win the post of Cantor at St. Thomas Church? You listen and decide! ...

 


(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "L'Épitome Musicale - French Music for Viol Consort" (03 March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 10, 2016

Location:  The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

LeStrange Viols

Loren Ludwig & John Mark Rozendaal, treble viols
Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viols
Zoe Weiss & Douglas Kelley, bass viols

"Though often imagined as a primarily English ensemble, the viol consort had a rich history in France as another vehicle for that nation's characteristically colorful and expressive musical imagination. ...


(FR) Opéra Nationale de Lorraine Event: "Rossi's Orféo" (4-10 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Artistic Director Raphaël Pichon recreates Rossi's Orféo which has not been heard since 400 years. In cooperation with the CNRS and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and thanks to a large and meticulous endeavour, Pygmalion offers this occasion to discover this work never presented in France! ...


(EU) REMA "European Day of Early Music" (21 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

After three successful "European Day of Early Music" events over the last three years, REMA (Réseau Européen de la Musique Ancienne) announces its third "Early Music Day" in Europe. Events are coordinated over all of the European states and event organizers are encouraged to register on the REMA site ...
 


(CA) The Record Article: " Acclaimed baroque trumpeter returns to Waterloo for a special concert" (by Valerie Hill, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

"Apparently, it was the trumpet itself that was largely to blame for the death of J.S. Bach's primary trumpeter, Gottfried Reiche, in 1737.

The much-storied tragedy happened the day after a particularly gruelling concert when Reiche simply dropped dead of a stroke while walking on the street and the story has since been used as an example of how truly difficult baroque-era trumpets are to play. ...


(US) Orlando Consort Concert: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" Silent Film Get Live Soundtrack (16 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

(From a recent Orlando Consort news release)

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to present “The Passion of Joan of Arc: Silent Film & Medieval Sound,” a new project by British vocal ensemble The Orlando Consort, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Orlando Consort creates a stunning live soundtrack to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s monumental 1928 silent film biography of the saint and martyr, singing medieval songs composed during the lifetime of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) in live accompaniment to the film. A pre-concert lecture by Jean Drum will take place at 7pm. ...


(US) The Four Nations Ensemble at The Clark Art Institute (Newsrelease)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"Four Nations Ensemble Announces partnership with the Clark Art Institute in three concerts.

On January 30 at 6 PM The Four Nations Ensemble and the Clark Museum inaugurate a series of concerts inspired by paintings in the great collection and calling upon the Ensemble and remarkable guest artists to ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Bejun Mehta: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay" (by Claire Seymour, 03 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

"The American countertenor Bejun Mehta exhibited a considerable range of vocal colours, refined phrasing and spectacular virtuosity in this programme of Baroque cantatas and arias, with La Nuova Musica, under the direction of the ensemble’s founder, David Bates. ...


(UK) Cambridge Early Music "Festival of the Voice" (12-15 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2015

"Cambridge Early Music’s prestigious 2016 Festival of the Voice will run between Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 May [2016].  It will showcase many of the world's finest early music artists including: Vox Luminis, Voces8, The Gesualdo Six, Three Medieval Tenors and James Gilchrist, who will perform an eclectic range of music from medieval Conductus, Monteverdi, Lassus, Bach, Schubert and many others in some of Cambridge’s most beautiful and historic venues. ...


(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts: "Concertos, Sonatas, and Suites" (28 Nov 2015) -- Concert Notes

Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2015

In its latest concert event, Salon Sanctuary Concerts shares with us well beforehand its concert notes. A nice and refreshing marketing initiative.

"The music on Saturday's program has little to do with the position for which Bach is most well known. As Cantor of Leipzig), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) had no responsibility for writing instrumental chamber music. Most of that impetus came from two earlier professional engagements. The first was ...


(US) BEMF Chamber Opera Series Revives Handel's Acis and Galatea (28-29 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 20, 2015

"Fresh from a GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording, the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series returns Thanksgiving weekend with a revival of BEMF's acclaimed production of the original 1718 chamber version of Handel's Acis and Galatea.  ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego to Donate 10 Percent of Messiah Proceeds to Rady Children’s Hospital (5-6-7 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 17, 2015

"Bach Collegium San Diego brings back a great holiday tradition with its annual performances of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah. The 2015 performances will feature a complete London version from the early 1750s, highlighting the oratorio’s historical connections with London’s Foundling Hospital.  ...


(US) Classical Revolution Chicago Constellation Series Concert: "Viola da gamba UNLEASHED!" with Phillip Serna (25 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 11, 2015

"November 25th, Phillip Serna joins Classical Revolution Chicago's Series at Constellation Chicago in a riveting program, the "Viola da gamba UNLEASHED!" Indulge in a flavorful mixology of stunning music by Carl Friedrich Abel, Rudolph Dolmetsch, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe alongside the virtuosic Serna Suite (2009) by Martha Bishop, Distilled (2010) by Eliza Brown, Undercurrents (2010) by Lynn Gumert, and a few surprises beyond!

Join us afterwards for Classical Revolution Chicago's open sight-reading jam session with music by Johann Pfeiffer & Georg Philipp Telemann! ...


(CA) Messiah Season has Arrived

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

With Christmas season fast approaching, reminders of the abundant performances of Handel's Messiah are now flowing into our inbox. While these reminders are far too numerous to post on our site, this is just a reminder to our readers to look to their local early music groups and lend their support in attending Messiah performances and/or even contributing direct financial support to these productions.

Ticket sales are just one of the many elements in helping finance these productions and direct financial contributions are most always needed to assure future productions of the Messiah. 

Have a great Messiah concert experience!

Marc Paré
EarlyMusicNews.org Editor


(UK) Cambridge Early Music - La Serenissima Concert: "Vivaldi: Four Seasons" (21 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 04, 2015

Location: Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, UK

"The Four Seasons remains the most popular piece of classical music of all time.  To celebrate their 21st anniverary year, La Serenissima will be presenting a programme of these fabulous concertos, performed using a new edition made by violinist Adrian Chandler from parts which are in the hand of Vivaldi’s father, Giovanni Battista; this source is housed in the Henry Watson Library, Manchester, and represents the only surviving manuscript version of these pieces.  The performance will incorporate Adrian Chandler’s latest research into the genre of The Seasons made popular by Theocritus and Virgil, whose pastoral and Arcadian writings had such a major influence on the neo-Platonists at the court of the Medici; this movement in turn influenced Vivaldi’s own sonnets written to accompany the concertos. ...


(FR) La Simphonie du Marais ~ Hugo Reyne Concert: "Jacques Hotteterre-le-Romain, “Flûte de la chambre du Roy” (06 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 04, 2015

Location: Amphithéâtre – Philharmonie 2, Paris (75), FR

As part of the tercentenary of Louis XIV, Hugo Reyne and La Simphonie du Marais offer a program dedicated to the great flutist Jacques Hotteterre which will be played on flutes specially designed for the occasion by Bruno Reinhard, recorder maker. ...


(DE) New Year's Eve at Burg Gaillenreuth

Contributed by admin on Oct 06, 2015

Location: Burg Gaillenreuth, Burggaillenreuth 5, 91320 Ebermannstadt DE

Ring in the new year with an evening of historical dancing. You are invited by Peter Hoffmann to an evening of historical dance. "Is there anything better, to leave the "old" behind? A colorful journey through the different eras ... There will be dancing, anything goes." Mixing of costumes will make for a wonderful evening of dance. There will also be a multi-course menu offered to participants. ...


(US) Solamente Naturali ~ Miloš Valent artistic leader -- Concert (16 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 01, 2015

Musica Globus: 17th- and 18th-century Folk and Dance Music from Middle Europe

Location: First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, Boston MA, US

"A favorite of audiences and critics alike for their appearances at our biennial Festivals, the energetic and dynamic players of Solamente Naturali are back by popular demand! Celebrating their 20th anniversary and under the leadership of world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, this ensemble melds classical and folk traditions like no other in performances bursting with  ...

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