An opera by Agostino Steffani, performance of ‘St. Matthew Passion,’ and concerts by Vox Luminus, Quicksilver, Stile Antico, Phoebe Carrai & Friends, and ACRONYM were among the highlights of the 2019 Boston Early Music Festival.
EMA Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Brandon Labadie, caught up with Leslie Kwan over the phone last February to discuss her work with her ensemble, L’Academie, in the Boston hospital system. Since 2009, L’academie has been presenting French Baroque music to the patients of Dana Faber Cancer Institute and has recently financial support for their outreach programs from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Leslie gives EMA the story behind L’academie’s beginnings, how she feels the group’s music making has made an impact, and what other projects might be on the horizon.
EMA Public Relations Manager and Baroque oboist, Brandon Labadie, sat down with Dr. John Butt in Portland, Oregon last December to discuss Handel’s Messiah. Butt discusses his approach to this oft-played work, his evolution with the piece, as well as gives a few final words of advice to the up-and-coming younger generation of early musicians.