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Via Monteverdi by Joan Catoni Conlon

Last spring, KIConcerts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) asked me to lead a choir tour to Italy that would focus on the cities where Claudio Monteverdi
(1567-1643) wrote: Cremona, Mantua, and Venice. Because Monteverdi’s music is so endlessly fascinating, the prospect seemed too exciting to pass up. This tour, called Via Monteverdi, will become a reality in May 2015,
expanded by two additional performances in Rome, including a service at St. Peter’s Basilica. The choir of over 40 includes the singers of Canzonetta, a small Seattle ensemble directed by Roger Nelson, that will perform a few pieces on its own in each concert.

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L’Academie at Dana Farber Cancer Institute: An Interview with Leslie Kwan

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.

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Handel’s Messiah: An Audio Interview with John Butt

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.

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