(UK) The Telegraph: Mad Cow Disease Fears Over Violin Strings Threatens Works of Handel and Bach (By Adam Lusher 27 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“Musicians have warned that the works of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach may never again be heard as their composers intended – because of EU rules to stop people catching "mad cow disease" from their instruments.

(US) Newsletter: Gifts of Classical Music

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“It's official, the holidays are here! ArkivMusic has gifts of classical music as well as music for the holiday season ready to ship. Once again this year, we have limited editions and exclusive items you won't find anywhere else.”

(CA) The Toronto Consort: A Spanish Christmas (9,10,11 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“The Toronto Consort celebrates Christmas with a Latin flavour on December 9 and 10 at 8:00 pm and on December 11 at 3:30 pm with A Spanish Christmas at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. One of the Consort’s most popular programs, variations on A Spanish Christmas have been performed every two seasons since 2007.

(BR) I Festival de Música Barroca de Alcântara (2-5 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 27, 2011
December 2-5 2011, church squares of Alcantara, Bacabeira and San Luis, Maranhão, become the stage for music and dance of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

(DE) Anton Höger: Lute Intavolations

Contributed by Admin on Nov 27, 2011

Anton Höger has made available his lute intavolations to those who are interested. Anton has been kind enough to make these available through downloads on the Mediafire website.

(FR) XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade: December Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
Le Baroque Nomade ...

aims at finding other kinds of music :  music that is exotic or different ; music that is listened to in other ways, by other kinds of people. This pursuit sometimes involves violence, restrictions or confrontation. But it also makes way for an encounter, a fundamental, liberating passion.

December Concert Listings

(US) Folger Consort Concert: O Magnum Mysterium (9-18 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
Folger Consort celebrates the holidays with a rich treasury of Christmas music from 16th-century Spain. These spirited songs—including stunning works by Victoria, Morales, and Guerrero—offer a fresh and festive celebration of the season in the Folger's beautifully decorated theatre.

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Harvest Season" By Laura Osterlund (20 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
“For our first course of this musical feast, we’ve assembled merchants from 17th-century London. The voices of merchants hawking their wares served as the inspiration for a generation of English composers and formed the basis for a genre of works now known as the cries.

(US) Instrument Collection Available for Sale

Contributed by allinsts on Nov 23, 2011
Reminder that the S. Glickman Collection of Early Istruments is for sale. You may visit the website and view the many musical instruments still available for sale. Visit the  website for more information.

(US) CFP: AMS South-Central Chapter, Union Univ., Jackson, Mar 2012 (Deadline: 07 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society, March 2-3, 2012.

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society (AMS-SC) is pleased to announce its 2012 Annual Meeting, to be hosted by Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. The meeting will begin on the morning of Friday, March 2, and will conclude by noon on Saturday, March 3. Proposals for presentations, special sessions, papers with a performance component, and panel discussions are solicited on any topic related to historical musicology.

(US) Shop Now: The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide has been sent out on its newsletter lists. It features titles from harmonia mundi and its distributed labels. You may find some titles of interest to you.

Visit the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide web page to view/read the list.

(US) New Preview Video for the BEMF Chamber Opera! (26,27 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

“The directors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the Boston Early Music Festival have been hard at work preparing our fourth annual Chamber Opera Series production, featuring La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, as part of a Marc-Antoine Charpentier double bill.

(CA) Arion Baroque Orchestra unveils programming for Croque-Baroque concerts!

Contributed by Admin on Nov 22, 2011
“Arion presents its programming for Croque-Baroque : an exciting year of chamber music in store!

All concerts will take place at the magnificent Tudor Hall, first concert hall in Montreal renowed for its exceptional acoustics, located on Ogilvy's 5th floor. At noon, we offer intimate concerts with talented artists as well as a light and delicious lunch to fill your sails for an afternoon back at work. A soothing pause in Montreal's first ever concert hall, built in 1928.”

(US) Unquiet Thoughts [blog]: Means & Ends: Transparency in performance

Contributed by Admin on Nov 22, 2011
“ … In very readable prose, [Bruce] Haynes traces the evolution of period performance and asks several questions about the goals of today’s performers of historical music, and also about the ‘authenticity’ of trying to recreate sounds we really have no way of imagining. 

(US) AMS San Francisco 2011: Awards Presented at the San Francisco Annual Meeting (12 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 22, 2011

At the latest Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (10-13 nov 2011), a number of awards were presented. 

“The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 to advance research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship.  3,600 individuals and 1,100 institutional subscribers from over forty nations participate in the Society.“

(UK) BBC Radio 3 Early Music: "A Hidden Faith"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 22, 2011
On this edition of the BBC Radio 3 Early Music programme, “Catherine Bott explores the three settings of the Mass written by William Byrd.“

(UK) Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools 2012 (5-12, 12-18 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011

Dates for the 2012 Summer Schools have now been announced.

Cambridge Early Music runs summer schools - short intensive study courses - in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music, and organises an annual programme of concerts, many of which take place alongside the summer schools. Cambridge Early Music was founded in 1992 and run as a not-for-profit organization by Selene Mills. In 2009 Cambridge Early Music was granted charitable status, confirming our status as a leading provider of early music education. 

(CA) EarlyMusicNews.Org: "Messiah Seaon Winds are Approching Once Again!"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011

“Messiah Season” is once again upon us. As you have most likely observed, regardless of where you may have set up residence, there is a production of Handel’s Messiah being performed. The scale of production may differ from city to city and you may want to pre-plan the production that you most interest you. Those of you who may be lucky enough to live within distance of a larger metropolitan center, may be able to attend more than one production before the season closes.

In the meantime, for your pleasure, we include three short videos from Tafelmusik’s famous “Sing-along Messiah”* to tease you into the mood. 

(NL) Lotus News: "LOTUS wins 2nd prize at the Premio Bonporti 2011" (21-23 oct 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011
News from Lotus Duo that: “LOTUS won the 2nd prize of the Premio Bonporti 2011, which took place in Rovereto (Italy) on October 21-23.

In its 16th and final edition, the awards of this prestigious International Chamber Music competition were voted by the public present at the finals; LOTUS was warmly received by the audiences in those 3 days and received high praise for being a true duo. “

(UK) The 2012 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music: 2012 Festival Newsletter (18-26 May)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011

Details of the 2012 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music make their appearance in the latest festival newsletter. A quick look at the list follows below:

(US) Gizmodo: "Google Music vs Amazon MP3 vs iTunes: Which Online Music Store Is the Best for You?" by Alan Henry

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

Recently Google jumped into the music selling business with Google Music (store). The following is an article comparing the services of the three largest music download services on the Internet. (Editor)

“Google opened its new music store to all comers in the US this week, touting its partnerships with music labels and indie musicians, and its broad reach thanks to the Android Market. The new store has millions of songs for sale, but whether it's a game changer, serious competition for iTunes and Amazon MP3, or the best online music store out there is another question entirely. Let's take a look at each service based on its features. 

(AT) Mayler Artists´Management News: "Dame Emma Kirkby received Royal Award (02 jun 2011)"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

(For those who missed this … Editor)

“M.A.M. artist Dame Emma Kirkby has been awarded Her Majesty’s Medal for Music for the Year 2010. 2 June 2011 Dame Emma Kirkby was received by The Queen when Her Majesty presented her with The Queen's Medal for Music. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, current Master of The Queen's Music was present.

(US) ArkivMusic - New Release: " Vivaldi - The Return Of The Angels / Maute, Ensemble Caprice"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

Following Ensemble Caprice’s first recording of Vivaldi’s sacred music (Gloria! Vivaldi and his Angels) we return to Vivaldi’s Venice and find ourselves yet again within the confines of the Ospedale della Pietà orphanage where, beginning in 1703, Vivaldi, the Red Priest, not only taught the orphan girls violin and singing, but also composed many of his most dazzling concertos as well as a substantial part of his highly inspired corpus of sacred music.

Watch the video clip!”

(UK) Linn Digital Music Collections (18 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011
“Back by popular demand Linn's brilliant value, no-hassle, highest quality Digital Music Collections make a welcome return for a limited time only. And, for the first time, our premium Digital Music Collections are all available in Apple Lossless as well as FLAC.

(US) New from University of Pennsylvania Press: "The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America" Tracy Neal Leavelle

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus
Cloth Dec 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4377-2

"With great detail and imagination, Leavelle brings a nuanced approach to conversion as cross-cultural practice, paying balanced attention to missionaries and Indians, analyzing behavior and action, song and speech, rituals and relationships, and considering plural conversions in the context of a volatile colonial world. One of the best studies I have read on the subject."—Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College

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