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The Magic of Handel

January 24 - February 26

Considered one of the greatest of the Baroque composers, Handel is celebrated in this concert with an impassioned performance featuring four of H+H’s principal musicians. H+H feels a deep connection with its eponymous composer, and today’s concert captures his romance and genius. You’re invited to feast your senses with this intimate view of our virtuosic artists as they weave the melodies. Performed on the instruments for which Handel composed, and delivered with H+H’s trademark verve, you’ll thrill to music as…

Mental Health Monday Meditation Group with Aparna Sadananda

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Offered for free as part of The Well-Tempered Musician wellness series. Participation limited to a small group. Registration details will be available closer to the event date. Facilitator: Aparna Sadananda Aparna is a DC-based, meditation teacher and artist. A curious yogi for 10 years and having worked in neuroscience research, she transitioned to full-time yoga teaching in 2015. Her meditations offer insights gathered during this interesting journey which has been a melting pot of art, science and spirituality.

Love Near, Love Far

February 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Love Near, Love Far – a timely and timeless state of longing. Early Music Vancouver recently received an historic and beautifully maintained 1875 Broadwood piano that still possesses its original parts as a gift to the society from John and Patricia Lee. This instrument has been meticulously restored to sound exactly as it would have 150 years ago and is the perfect vehicle for these late 19th century songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Gounod, Cécile Chaminade, and Hugo Wolf.…

Heavenly Queens

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - August 1 @ 7:00 pm EST

It is rare to find works that feature five treble voices, and Gasparini’s Mass for Five Trebles is a wonderful addition to the literature. TENET Vocal Artists was inspired to explore it after the release of a new edition. Heavenly Queens celebrates music composed for convents in two halves: the first half features duets and trios by the prolific Italian nun Chiara Maria Cozzolani. The second half is dedicated to Francesco Gasparini’s mass. This mass is well-features all of the…

Mary Springfels: Chasing the Good Lai—Machaut’s Lai de la fontaine

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm PST

The Lai de la Fonteinne is one of the very few long medieval pieces to become part of our modern repertoire. The Lai was composed some time around 1340 by the greatest composer of the century, Guillaume de Machaut (c1300-1377). It consists of 12 stanzas dedicated to the Virgin. Every other stanza is a canon, or chace, and these six pieces are marvels of intricacy and haunting beauty. As it happens, they are a perfect fit for the tenor viol.…

AEM ONLINE – Real-Time Coaching and Gastoldi Duos with David Morris, viol

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

David Morris will spend the first part of the session offering coaching for those who, by pre-arrangement, want to try out a solo or small-ensemble work in front of a Zoom audience. If you’d like a coaching spot, please indicate your piece when you register.  All members of the ensemble must register for the class. For the second portion of the session, Mr. Morris will lead the class through a selection of Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi’s bicinia from his Primo libro della…

AEM ONLINE – Contemporary Recorder Music from Brazil: The Ensemble Compositions of Liduino Pitombeira with Rainer Beckmann

February 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Liduino Pitombeira (pitombeira.com) is one of Brazil's current leading composers. His extensive catalogue includes compositions for a wide array of instrument combinations, including several with recorder or for recorders only. This class will focus on Pitombeira's works for recorder quartet and quintet composed between 1991 and 2008. Ample play-along opportunities will be provided together with information on some of Brazil's vast musical traditions and practices related to the compositions. The class caters to players interested in a challenge, especially regarding…

Baking Class with Tekla Cunningham: Sacher Torte

February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST

Presented for free as part of The Well-Tempered Musician wellness series. The Sacher torte is a wonderfully elegant Viennese chocolate cake. This cake inspired a 9 year legal battle between the Hotel Sacher and Demel about whose recipe can be called the “Original”. While both Sacher and Demel’s recipes are closely guarded secrets, Tekla Cunningham has tested various recipes from her collection of Austrian cookbooks and will share with you a proven recipe that is definitely delicious! Tekla will walk…

French Songs II: The Next Generation

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Busnoys & the Leuven Chansonnier. Live pre-concert talk with Fabrice Fitch at 6:30 PM.

Unaccompanied Cello Repertoire: Origins through J. S. Bach by Daniel Ryan

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

This presentation/performance explores the origins and early development of the cello. Unlike the violin and viola, the size of the cello was not standardized until the 1680's, much later that its smaller string counterparts. Throughout the Baroque era, there continued to be great variety in how the instrument was made and played, including the number of strings, their tuning, and how the cello and bow were held. The variety in structure of and approaches to the instrument is reflected in the fascinating early repertoire written for it.…

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