(US) Artek Masterclass: "Masterclass with Cynthia Freivogel" (14 Nov 2015)

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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. ...

(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. ...

(UK) The Guardian article: "British Museum Will Train Iraqis in Rescue Archaeology" (by Maev Kennedy, 28 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 02, 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)

Contributed by admin on Nov 02, 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, ...

(US) Lute Society of America: Lute Rental Program Needs Donations

Contributed by admin on Nov 02, 2015

"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.

(CA) Vinyl Record Sales and Commentary

Contributed by admin on Oct 14, 2015

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 ...

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.20: Dowland and Context" (03 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

"Our weekly posts are unapologetically focused on vocal music of the 16th century and the lute as it was regarded in its golden age; an emblem for all that was civilized and sophisticated, refined and nuanced.  Firmly committed to providing contextual references, we hope we might steer today’s lutenists away from their classical guitarist roots and and toward the sense and sensibility of an earlier time and a more intimate aesthetic.   ...

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria" (05 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

"The third and final instalment of the Academy of Ancient Music’s survey of Monteverdi’s operas at the Barbican began and ended in darkness; the red glow of the single candle was an apt visual frame for a performance which was dedicated to the memory of the late Andrew Porter, the music critic and writer whose learned, pertinent and eloquent words did so much to restore Monteverdi, Cavalli and other neglected music-dramatists to the operatic stage. ...

(US) Improving Wikipedia's Pages ... MoMA's Change of Direction

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

In light of the continued growth in content and use of the gargantuan Wikipedia site, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) has embarked on a project meant to improve some of the Wikipedia pages as well as train groups on the process of improving these pages. ...

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