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(FR) Musiques anciennes en Pic Saint-Loup Festival (9-18 Oct 2015) & Academy (8-11 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 15, 2015

"In the late 1970s, Simone Demangel was already working on an “International academy for early music in Occitania”, on the delightful premises of the Château d’Assas. Thanks in particular to the subsequent arrival of Scott Ross, the town and its harpsichord thus became emblematic of early music in Europe. The memory of this is still intact, and is today kept alive with great authenticity and elegance by the Demangel family, owners of the site.  ...


(NL) Huismuziek Summer News

Contributed by admin on Jul 15, 2015

(From a recent  Huismuziek newsletter)

A lot of news items from Huismuziek with regards to early music workshops, classes etc. The first course of the season "Recorder Music for Advent and Christmas" is already all booked, "Spanish Baroque Orchestra and Chorus" are being booked, "Dido and Aeneas for chorus and narrator" is still in search of tenors and basses ... and much more ...


(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music ~Inaugural 2015 Festival and Plans for 2016 Festival

Contributed by admin on Jul 15, 2015

(From a recent   London Festival of Baroque Music newsletter)

"Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in your 2016 Friends forms. You are helping us plan for next year with confidence and for that we are extremely grateful. Your invaluable support enabled us to put on 13 events in our inaugural year and we are hoping for at least a similar number in 2016, but ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "It's News to Me A Long Overdue North American Premiere for Sémélé"

Contributed by admin on Jul 15, 2015

 (By Janos Gereben July 14, 2015)

"The story is best known to music lovers as a 1743 opera by Handel. What will be new to pretty much everybody around here is the American Bach Soloists' North American premiere of Marin Marais' 1709 Sémélé (with the proper French accent aigu). Performances are Aug. 13-14, at the S.F. Conservatory of Music, during the 2015 ABS Festival and Academy, "Versailles and the Parisian Baroque." - ...


(IE) 62nd Cork International Choral Festival (7 Apr - 1 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 15, 2015

(From a recent newsletter item)

"We are delighted to let you know that international applications are officially opened for our 2016 Festival. Click below to download our updated International Syllabus with important information for the 2016 Festival and the application forms for both Competitive and Non-Competitive participation. ...


(HR) 4th Korkyra Baroque Festival (Croatia) (5-12 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 14, 2015

"The Korkyra Baroque Festival is a high-profile cultural event established in 2012 in order to promote local and international music and cultural heritage. Supreme concert evenings and Korčula’s impressive culture monuments create a unique synergy owing to which the Korkyra Baroque Festival has gained the reputation of a must-see event on the global music scene.

The 4th edition of the festival will once again present the ...


(US) Baroque, Classical and Modern Violin Bows; Lisa Grodin and Voices of Music

Contributed by admin on Jul 14, 2015

"Violinist Lisa Grodin takes you on a tour of the violin bow from the early seventeenth century to the present, with musical examples for each bow. Part of the Voices of Music Global Music Education Initiative." (Published on YouTube Aug 9, 2013)


(US) How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

Wonderful video explaining the brain's functions used when playing an instrument.

"When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on?  ...


(ES)(CAT) 2015 Festival de Música Antiga dels Pirineus (FeMAP) (3 Jul - 30 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

(Late in reporting)

Although late in reporting of the 2015 Festival de Música Antiga dels Pirineus, there are still more concert events to be seen/heard. For more information of the concert line-ups as well as the cities where the concerts are being performed ...


(IT) Festival 2015 Parco in Musica: XII° Festival di Musica Antica della Valnerina (2-30 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

News from Accademia Hermans of the concert line-ups for the XII° Festival di Musica Antica della Valnerina (IT). Also note that the Accademia Hermans is the resident orchestra at the Cucinelli Theatre in Solomeo di Corciano (Perugia).

Read more of the group and festival concerts ....


(IT) Festival 2015 Parco in Musica: XII° Festival di Musica Antica della Valnerina (2-30 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

News from Accademia Hermans of the concert line-ups for the XII° Festival di Musica Antica della Valnerina (IT). Also note that the Accademia Hermans is the resident orchestra at the Cucinelli Theatre in Solomeo di Corciano (Perugia).

Read more of the group and festival concerts ....


(DE) Tree Edition Lute Manuscripts Releases

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

(From the most recent Tree Edition August Newsletter)

A good resource for lute manuscripts, Tree Edition releases its fare of new and available manuscripts for the month of August ...


(US) Alia Vox First release in its new Diversa collection: "Euskel Antiqva - Legacy of the land of Basque"

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

Harmonia Mundi Store announces Alia Vox First release in its new Diversa collection: "Euskel Antiqva - Legacy of the land of Basque" available online.

"Alia Vox presents the first release in its new Diversa collection. This fascinating series will showcase neglected repertoire in performances that are respectful of historical practices and traditions of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. ...


(US) The New Yorker: "The Anxious Ease of Apple Music" (by Alex Ross, July 6, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 10, 2015

(From a recent article that appeared in The New Yorker. Author Alex Ross takes a closer look at the new music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora etc. and consequences of a filtering of classical music titles and composers that confuse users.)

"... Classical music has long been a kind of black hole in the streaming universe. Spotify, Pandora, and the others organize their libraries around artists, albums, and tracks; the existence of beings called Composers,  ...


(US) Colbert Artists Management Welcomes Mahan Esfahani

Contributed by admin on Jul 10, 2015

"Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and emigrated to the the U.S. with his family when he was four, growing up outside of Washington, DC. He received his first guidance on the piano from his father before exploring an interest in the harpsichord as a teenager. He went on to study musicology and history at Stanford University, where he was mentored by George Houle, before studying intensively with Peter Watchorn in Boston and completing his formation with the celebrated Zuzana Růžičková in Prague. He was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner, and in 2014 Mahan was on the shortlist both for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year - all firsts for the harpsichord. ...
 


(UK) Linn Records Deal Of The Day: 25% off Dunedin Consort Mozart: Requiem

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

Deal Of The Day: 25% off Mozart: Requiem. Discount already applied.  

"The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. It was named winner of the 'Choral' category at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Also available on 180g vinyl. ...


(US) Ars Lyrica Houston New CD Release: Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque (Release date: 10 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

Ars Lyrica Houston announce the forthcoming CD release: "Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque"

"Devotional works from the German Baroque for voice, strings, and organ. With a renowned British counter-tenor Ryland Angel, Matthew Dirst on the Fritts organ at St Philip Presbyterian Church, and Ars Lyrica core  ..."


(US) Jacobin Article: "Culture Isn't Free" (by Miranda Campbell, 2 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

(From a recent Jacobin article on the question of culture and artist income welfare.)

"The missives from the struggling artist keep piling up. Filmmakers show their work at renowned film festivals but still turn to crowdfunding to pay emergency vet bills. Writers agonize over how mortgage officers will perceive incomes cobbled together from teaching contracts and freelance gigs.  Musicians go on successful tours but come home with deep debts, while their widely streamed songs earn a pittance. ...


(US) Cape Cod Early Music Festival (CCEMF) (6-18 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

(Late in reporting)

Location: St. Mary's, Barnstable, MA, US

"Several renowned performing artists and ensembles bring their talents to Barnstable for two weeks in July 2015. The Cape Cod Early Music Festival offers professional performances of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods in an intimate and air-conditioned setting. Enjoy a stroll through the church's English-style gardens, and then attend a concert performed by some of the finest musicians on the Early Music scene. A reception follows each concert in the parish house. ...


(UK) Cambridge Early Music: 2015 Summer School Showcase / Bach's Library & Italia Mia (2-14 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 03, 2015

(From a recent Cambridge Early Music newsletter)

"Cambridge Early Music’s 2015 Summer School Showcase will run from Sunday 2 – Friday 14 August.  The Parley of Instruments showcase the music of J. S. Bach and his circle (Sun 2 Aug), including his Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 (Wed 5 Aug); Philomel give us a taste of Carnival (Sun 9 Aug); and The Intrepid Academy recreate the sound of the sixteenth-century ‘collegio’ in Venice (Wed 12 Aug).  Join the students of our 2015 summer schools as they perform excerpts from Bach’s B Minor Mass (Sat 8 Aug) and take us on a Grand Tour of the city states of sixteenth century Italy (Fri 14 Aug).   ...


(EE) 22nd Haapsalu Early Music Festival (Estonia) (1-5 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 03, 2015

(Late posting)

If you happen to be in the area, you may be interested in attending the 22nd Haapsalu Early Music Festival in Estonia. Here is the concert line-up below: ...


(FR) 21e édition, l'Académie baroque européenne d'Ambronay (5-25 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 02, 2015

"For its 21th edition, the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay will be under the direction of Enrico Onofri.

Violinist and conductor Enrico Onofri, also recognized throughout Europe for his teaching skills, has envisioned a summer program around 3 violins concertos magnifying the virtuosity of this instrument. It will combine works of Italian composers of early Baroque period with those of the pillars of later German repertoire. The highlight, a beautiful concerto by Vivaldi and the unforgettable Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Bach. ...


(FR) eeemerging Emerging European Ensembles

Contributed by admin on Jul 02, 2015

"The process set in place by the ‘eeemerging’ project aims to increase equality in the options open to young ensembles, give them excellent working conditions along with support and organisation for their projects, and help them to confront the realities of the early music market in Europe. ...


(US) The 2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy (7-16 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 02, 2015

Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco California, US

"The 2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy is a celebration of Bach’s French contemporaries and the splendid music of the extravagant court at Versailles.

Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas will conduct masterworks by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, and others, including Marin Marais’ spectacular opera Sémélé, presented complete for the first time outside of Europe.  ...


(UK) DanceBooks.co.uk New Arrivals: Early Dance DVD's

Contributed by admin on Jul 02, 2015

(From a recent DanceBooks.co.uk newsletter)

"We've just received a delivery of modern dance and early dance DVDs produced by Dance Horizons. Most of the recordings are old, sometimes as many as 40 or 50 years, so by today's standards the picture quality is poor. But if you can cope with this there are some fascinating things included, both performance, technique, and interviews ..."

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