"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. ...
"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. ...
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. ...
The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 are proud to present the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award in partnership with Theatre of the Ayre, directed by one of Europe’s leading lutenists, Elizabeth Kenny, with mezzo soprano Clare Wilkinson and Nicholas Mulroy, tenor. The Award will be launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 1 November 2015. The broadcast includes performances of the winning pieces of the 2015 Award. ...
(From a recent "Les Délices" Newsletter)
"In September, Les Délices debuted a new program entitled Toutes Suites, which highlights the relationship of French Baroque music to dance and the instrumental suite through works of Jean-Baptiste Lully, François Couperin, Marin Marais, and more. ...
Location: Burg Gaillenreuth, Burggaillenreuth 5, 91320 Ebermannstadt DE
Ring in the new year with an evening of historical dancing. You are invited by Peter Hoffmann to an evening of historical dance. "Is there anything better, to leave the "old" behind? A colorful journey through the different eras ... There will be dancing, anything goes." Mixing of costumes will make for a wonderful evening of dance. There will also be a multi-course menu offered to participants. ...
(From a recent Huismuziek newsletter)
"The past week was sunny summer weather, but we all look on. As many as four christmas courses are planned: "Recorder Music for Advent and Christmas" is already full, but there is still room for "Gregorian chant: Advent and Christmas", "Georgian carols" and "Making music with Christmas". For the first time a course of baroque music for advanced players with auditions: "Spanish Baroque". ...
(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "Nicholas McGegan: 30 Years and Counting with Philharmonia Baroque" (by Jason Victor Serinus)(29 Sep. 2015)
"Thirty years ago, the founder of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, early music crusader and harpsichordist Laurette Goldberg tapped Nicholas McGegan to become Philharmonia’s music director. Under “Nic’s” leadership, a five-year-old ensemble previously run by four ensemble musicians who conducted orchestra business in a spare bedroom in the back of soprano Judith Nelson’s house was transformed into one of the world’s most captivating period ensembles. ...
(US) Billboard Article: "PIAS Acquires Classical Specialist Label Harmonia Mundi" (By Richard Smirke, 28 Sep 2015)
"European independent PIAS has acquired historic classical, jazz and world music label Harmonia Mundi for an undisclosed sum. ...
Musica Globus: 17th- and 18th-century Folk and Dance Music from Middle Europe
Location: First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, Boston MA, US
"A favorite of audiences and critics alike for their appearances at our biennial Festivals, the energetic and dynamic players of Solamente Naturali are back by popular demand! Celebrating their 20th anniversary and under the leadership of world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, this ensemble melds classical and folk traditions like no other in performances bursting with ...
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