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Two Early Music Programs Embrace Change And Inclusion

Two Early Music Programs Embrace Change And Inclusion

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Jarrett Hoffman
“As long as I can remember, inclusion has been an important focus, but it’s come much more to the fore recently,” says cellist Kenneth Slowik, director of both the Smithsonian Haydn Academy and the Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute.
'Save Us From The Plague,' Pleads 15th-Century Hymn

‘Save Us From The Plague,’ Pleads 15th-Century Hymn

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Kyle MacMillan
Christopher Macklin discovered the Marian hymn 'Stella celi extirpavit' as a graduate vocal student while delving into the idea of plague and pestilence.
How Period Musicians View The Pandemic

How Period Musicians View The Pandemic

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Kyle MacMillan
Musicians have been hit especially hard financially by the coronavirus outbreak because many are freelancers who earn money concert by concert and cannot count on full-time salaries or benefits such as health insurance.

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EMA CD & BOOK REVIEWS

CD: Rising Contralto Triumphs In Handel Arias

CD: Rising Contralto Triumphs In Handel Arias

Avery Amereau’s debut solo recording, a collaboration with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan, covers Handel’s music for star operatic altos of both sexes.
CD Review: Double Dose Of Bachs By Daring Harpsichordist

CD Review: Double Dose Of Bachs By Daring Harpsichordist

Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord professor at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, impressively made two recordings of music by members of the Bach family on adjacent days in June 2018.
CD Review: Blue Heron Soars On Two Recordings

CD Review: Blue Heron Soars On Two Recordings

Having ambitious projects devoted to Ockeghem and De Rore come to fruition in the same year is a feast for doting fans and newcomers alike. Both are landmark recordings.
CD Review: Alana Youssefian Enchants In Music Of Guillemain

CD Review: Alana Youssefian Enchants In Music Of Guillemain

For her recorded debut, the American violinist performs works from the French composer's Opus 1 sonatas and comparatively lighthearted trio symphonies.

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EARLY MUSIC NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

The hour-long performance featured 11 string players wearing masks and social distancing.
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Source:
The Dallas Morning News
Published:
June 28, 2020
“The problem isn’t just playing Mozart and Bach — I know those things are compelling. It’s being led by white men. There are other viewpoints that are not being thought of, and heard.”
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Source:
Wicked Local Salem
Published:
June 15, 2020
A leading scholar says young pianists should follow in the spontaneous spirit of Bach and Beethoven
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The Guardian
Published:
June 8, 2020
It’s commonly believed that space—and the sounds it reflects, dampens, or amplifies—affects composers, not unlike the way natural light is thought to have influenced the compositions of the Impressionists or the physical quirks of celluloid film shaped the work of Hollywood filmmakers.
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National Endowment for the Humanities
Published:
June 3, 2020
Four hundred years ago, it wasn’t a pandemic that forced the English composer into hiding, but his religious faith.
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The Guardian
Published:
April 28, 2020

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COMMUNITY NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

Natalie Rose Kress, Baroque violin, performs Telemann Fantasia no. 1, Biber Passacaglia, and Bach Partita no. 3 in E Major. Join us for this free event Friday, 6/12, at 7:30pm! ...
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https://www.groupmuse.com/events/10735-french-viol-muse-part-1 Marin Marais is the most beloved composer by players of the viola da gamba. He lived and worked for Louis XIV at the height of the French baroque era, ...
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Guts Baroque Duo, which specializes in finding and performing lesser-known works for violin and continuo, continues their monthly livestream concert series with music from an uncharacteristically well-known composer: Johann Sebastian ...
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From the Blackfriars Playhouse of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, violinist Rachell Ellen Wong plays the Chaconne from the Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 ...
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Harpsishordist Satono Norizuki  will discuss and demonstrate the clavisimbalum, a medieval precursor to the harpsichord, in her home performance for Midtown Concerts. The program includes the selections from the Codex ...
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