News » Early Music Concerts 2011-2012
The Guildhall in Bath continues to provide the perfect setting for this event which draws enthusiasts and practitioners of historic dance from around the world.
Location: St Paul’s Knightsbridge Church Hall, 77 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8ED
“Join the Renaissance Singers for an evening of music, wine and conversation - the first in a new series of ‘Meet the Artist’ evenings where eminent figures in the field of early music talk about the high points of their career and share some of the music that has featured most significantly on the way. Soprano Sally Dunkley is our first special guest and will be interviewed by Alistair Dixon, conductor of Chapelle du Roi and former Chairman of the Renaissance Singers.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elms Street in Concord, MA US
Soprano Eileen Cecilia Callahan joins recorder players Sheila Beardslee, George Mastellone, Brian Warnock & Henia Yacubowicz for a 30 minute program of Lenten chorales and penitential psalms. This program features works by Byrd, Wilbe, Morley, Bull, Hassler, Pedersøn, Cato, Lassus, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Bach.
Following our concert program, the Trinity Parish Choir (Robert Barney, director) will sing choral evensong, featuring canticles and the verse anthem “My shepherd is the living Lord” by Thomas Tomkins.
(US) CORRECTION: San Francisco Renaissance Voices Calendar Listing - March 18, 24&25 - (San Francisco Palo Alto, Alameda)
- A calendar correction from the SFRV. Please update your calendars -
WHO: San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Music Director)
- Sunday, March 18 - 5:00 pm - First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
- Saturday, March 24 - 7:30 pm - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
- Sunday, March 25 - 4:00 pm - All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto
You read that right. Handel wasn't the only one to set those familiar texts to music. Henry Purcell beat him to it, and you can hear these remarkable settings on March 11.
From the latest newsletter from the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), we are reminded of their upcoming early music concert listings; of particular note, the NCEM Composers Award 2012 venue where the winners will be announced. Book early as these concerts are usually quite popular.
Loction: Gallery 78, 796 Queen Street, Fredericton NB, Canada
“We would like to invite you to the next concert, 'For the Birds', with harpsichordist Jonathan Addleman and baroque violinist Sari Tsuji.
Nightingales, cuckoos, chickens – birds inspired composers to write some charming music! A musical aviary for violin and harpsichord by Biber, Rameau, Daquin, Frescobaldi, Schmelzer, and even a certain Mister Finch. A sort of midwinter pick-me-up concert, and most definitely not just for the birds, but for music lovers too!
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts Reminder: "Weekend Festival of Italian Baroque Discoveries" (24,26 feb 2012)
Please join us for a weekend of Italian baroque discoveries!
Location: New York, NY US
Friday, February 24th, 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St. b/w First and York
The Evolution of the Concerto Grosso
Sunday, February 26th, 3:00pm
The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue
Mary/Magdalene Sacred Discoveries from The Age of Revolution
Jessica Gould, soprano & Meg Bragle, mezzo
Marika Holqvist & Joan Plana, violins
Ezra Seltzer, cello & Gabe Shuford, harpsichord
with Marta Zekan, narrator
New Waves in Ferrara: Two Bands, Fresh Sounds
Location: Milwaukee, WI US
“Two of EMN's long-time favorites, the wind band Piffaro and the early music string ensemble King's Noyse, are joined by soprano Ellen Hargis in an insightful exploration of the music and cultural life of Ferrara, one of the great centers of the courtly arts in Renaissance Italy. Silent Auction and Chocolate Reception at 3:00.”
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.
Location: Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street, New York NY US
Time: 3:00 PM
(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Concert: "Arion meets Harlequin -- Commedia dell'arte" (17,18,19 feb 2012)
Fast-forward a few hundreds of years later: Arion Baroque Orchestra is getting inspired by the same characters to create a flamboyant concert!
Tea dances are informal meetings, usually organized on Saturday or Sunday afternoon every month.
Balls are formal reconstruction of historical balls of the XIX Century, where dancers with appropriate costume dance in historical buildings or theaters.
(FR) Akadêmia, Françoise Lasserre-conductor Concerts: "Opus IV: Augustin Pfleger" (22,23,24 feb 2012)
Sacred concertos for the Christmas and Easter seasons
22 feb 2012 Palais du Tau-Reims (51)
23 feb 2012 Salle des Fêtes de l'Hôtel de Ville-Troyes (10)
24 feb 2012 Notre-Dame du Rosaire-Chaumont (52)
“The pieces of this programme come from the Düben collection at Uppsala University in Sweden. This library holds most of his Geistliche Konzerte (sacred concertos), composed to cover the entire liturgical year. They are situated midway between the works of Heinrich Schütz and the cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude. Their form as dialogues between named protagonists gives some of these compositions a highly expressive, dramatic aspect. The recitatives are in the vein of Carissimi while the arias are frequently sung by two voices. The instrumental sinfonias are for strings only.
(From a recent email ad from Tafelmusik -- Editor)
Valentine's Day offer! / Virtuoso Vivaldi with Marion Verbruggen“Treat a loved one and/or close friends to a special outing this year with this Valentine's Day offer. Spring comes early with brilliant music by the world's favourite Italian baroque composer, featuring Marion Verbruggen - the high-spirited Dutch recorder virtuoso beloved by audiences around the world. 50% off regular priced tickets!“
First public performance in 450 years of Renaissance music, by award winning musicians in King’s College Chapel, 20th May 2012The highlight of a weekend ‘Festival of the Voice’ (18-20 may 2012 -- Editor) promoted by Cambridge Early Music will be a concert in which Alessandro Striggio’s ground-breaking Mass in Forty Parts will be given its first public performance in modern times. Composed in about 1565 or 1566, this Renaissance masterpiece is scored for five 8-part choirs, a feat never attempted before, but highly influential on other composers including England’s own Thomas Tallis. Surpassing even his own ambition, Striggio’s final movement is actually in sixty parts.
(US) Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) Concert: The Harpsichord’s Golden Century: Music of Couperin, Blow, Froberger, and Purcell (10 feb 2012)
“Richard Egarr, Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, takes center stage for a thrilling recital highlighting music for solo harpsichord from the 17th century. Always an exhilarating and engaging performer, Egarr promises to deliver brilliant and eloquent interpretations of these gorgeous works.
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm”
A reminder from the latest GEMS newsletter of its upcoming concert listings. Once again, if you are planning on being in the New York city area, consider one of the scheduled concerts. You may want to check on ticket availability as the concerts are well-attended.
Concert listings below:
(news from the latest newsletter -- ed.)
ELIZABETH WALLFISCH CANCELS DUE TO ILLNESS
Arion Baroque Orchestra, February 16 2012
Due to illness, Elizabeth Wallfisch will not perform at the Ottawa Chamberfest Concert Series presentation of “Commedia Dell-arte” with Arion Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Wallfisch has withdrawn from the remainder of the Orchestra’s concert season. Award-winning violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky will take to the stage in her place.
(CA) Ensemble Anonymous Sponsored Concert: "Kassia - Byzantine Hymns" performed by the German Ensemble VocaMe (7 mar 2012)
Location: Salle D'Youville au 995, place D’Youville, Québe PQ, Canada
As part of the Women’s World Day, the Société du Palais Montcalm, in collaboration with the Ensemble Anonymus and La Nef, present the German Ensemble “VocaMe“ in a program entitled “Kassia - Byzantine Hymns”. This concert will be at 8pm in Room 995 at D'Youville Place D'Youville.
Baroque Music, Early Chinese and Taiwanese Music
As part of the festival "Made in Asia" Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu pairs up with the Jiang Nan - Yang Yi-Ping - Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble for its latest concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" Baroque music, early Chinese and Taiwanese music.
The concert follows a free conference on the music of nanguan.