(From a recent La Donna Musicale newsletter )
"Launch the holiday season with the sizzling Afro-Hispanic rhythms of our Latin-Baroque Fusion program! An entrancing performance of Renaissance, Baroque, and Afro-Hispanic music from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia, played on Baroque and folk instruments. We will release our new CD, "I’ve Found a New Baby: Baroque Meets Latin Jazz", at this concert. ..."
"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. ...
(From a recent Colbert Artsits Management newsletter 19 Nov 2015)
"Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani returned to North America this month for recording sessions of the Dutilleux's "Les Citations" for harpsichord, percussion, oboe and bass with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony (stay tuned for album details, soon). He then joined ...
(US) Bach Collegium San Diego to Donate 10 Percent of Messiah Proceeds to Rady Children’s Hospital (5-6-7 Dec 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. ...
(UK) Society of Recorder Players (SRP) -- 2015 Moeck/Society of Recorder Players Solo Recorder Playing Competition Results
News from the Society of Recorder Players (SRP)
"Congratulations to Laura Schmid, winner of the 2015 Moeck/Society of Recorder Players Solo Recorder Playing Competition, the final of which was held at the Greenwich Early Music Festival on 13th November. Good wishes to all the competitors, and their accompanists, who gave brilliant performances of works dating from the 12th century to the present. ..."
"Like Grounds for Pleasure, Colin [Booth]'s latest CD, Louis Couperin, was recorded on the early French harpsichord by Nicholas Celini that he restored during 2013. The music is by the 17th century French master Louis Couperin, uncle of the more famous François. ..."
"The 2016 summer courses: three projects in the Czech Republic, Europe's most musical country. Projects in which you can immerse yourself in wonderful music, with top tutors and like-minded souls. The projects for 2016 are open to experienced musicians. Whether you're an amateur or professional, with La Pellegrina a professional attitude is of paramount importance. ..."
(UK) Opera Today Review: "Monteverdi by The Sixteen at Wigmore Hall" (by Claire Seymour, 12 Nov 2015)
"This was a concert where immense satisfaction was derived equally from the quality of musicianship displayed and the coherence and resourcefulness of the programme presented. In 1610, Claudio Monteverdi published his Vespro della Beata Vergine for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. ...
"Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics...
(US) Classical Revolution Chicago Constellation Series Concert: "Viola da gamba UNLEASHED!" with Phillip Serna (25 Nov 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! ...
(US) Philly.com Article: "Singers reinventing choral sounds with old techniques" (by David Patrick Stearns, 08 Nov 2015)
"Often called "just intonation," the ancient system of chord building has been readopted by some modern composers intent on getting to the heart of musical science, and it is an important tool for getting inside the masterpieces of the past. ...
(US) NonProfit Quarterly Article: "A Tale of 11 Cities: New Data-Driven Assessment of the Nonprofit Arts Sector" (by Eileen Cunniffe, 02 Nov 2015)
"In 2006, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance published its first Portfolio report, an assessment of the region’s cultural sector based on data from the then-fledgling Cultural Data Project (CDP), which launched in Pennsylvania in 2004. Subsequent Portfolio reports in ...
For those of you wishing to expand the limits of the early music sphere.
"Literature and music from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today ..."
(From a recent Lark Camp newsletter - 11 Nov 2015)
News from Lark Camp that registration for their 2016 Summer Camp is now open. Of it's many offerings you will find some early music workshops. They also advise that much of the 2016 staff is booked, but that there could be more additions to the list of workshops. You will want to keep a watch on this list.
About Lark Camp
"Lark Camp promotes worldwide understanding through music and dance.
Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers and composers. The Lark Camp experience is enhanced by motivational instructors and inspired students, who also share their passions and skills with the rest of the participants. ..."
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!
"This new release of John Taverner’s virtuosic and florid Missa Corona spinea (produced by Gimell Records) comes two years after The Tallis Scholars’ critically esteemed recording of the composer’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, which topped the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart for 6 weeks, and ... "
"Those of us interested in the more obscure corners of historical music from Elizabethan times owe a debt of gratitude to Edmund Horace Fellowes (1870 – 1951). Fellowes unearthed, studied, transcribed and published an enormous amount of historical music, including Tudor Church Music, madrigals, and thirty-two volumes of English lute songs, making all available for further study by those who followed in his footsteps. ...
"Anthea Pichanick won the first prize, followed by Ukrainian countertenor Konstantin Derri and Italian soprano Alice Rossi.
The 29-year-old French singer Anthea Pichanick won the 6th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti. She was awarded the first prize (endowed with 4,000 Euros) at the final concert Tuesday night. The alto impressed the jury with an aria of Flammiro from Pietro Antonio Cesti’s opera “Le nozze in sogno” as well as with Orlando’s aria “Sorge l’irato nembo” from the Opera “Orlando Furioso” by Antonio Vivaldi. Anthea Pichanick also won the special prize for a performance at the Early Music Festival “Resonanzen” at the Vienna Konzerthaus. The French singer is a student of Montserrat Caballé. ...
Locaton: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue, NY, NY USA
"Acclaimed violinist Cynthia Freivogel, now based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, will offer a masterclass on music of Bach for violin in conjunction with performances for ARTEK's Art of the Early Keyboard series. ...
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)
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. ...
(UK) The Guardian article: "British Museum Will Train Iraqis in Rescue Archaeology" (by Maev Kennedy, 28 Oct 2015)
"The British Museum is to establish a pilot programme with heritage professionals in Iraq to train local museum curators, conservation technicians and archaeologists in heritage protection. ..."
(US) Huffpost Arts & Culture (US edition): "By The Way, Mozart Had An Equally Talented Sister" (by Lauren Duca, 30 Oct 2015)
"History is made of the stories we tell. Or don't. Such is the tragedy of Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart or, as she is referred to in Sylvia Milo's one-woman play, "The Other Mozart."
Growing up, Nannerl was just as skilled as Wolfgang Amadeus. During their childhood, the two toured Europe together to equal acclaim. In some cases, ...
"The LSA's [Lute Society of America] Lute Rental Program began in 2005 and the rental collection has grown to 21 lutes. These lutes are rented to beginning lute players, but more instruments are needed. Please help us reach our goal of having 60 rentable lutes by donating one you no longer use or by helping us fund the purchase of new or used instruments.
While most of us have heard of the reappearance of the "vinyl record", there has been very little evidence, if any of its impact on the music industry ... and especially that of early music. It is quite obvious that the vinyl record pressing factories of yore have pretty well been reduced to just a few and struggling with sales. In the following piece that has appeared in the (UK) The Guardian, this whole question is taken up by its author giving us ...