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Bidding A Baroque Adieu: End Of The McGegan Era At PBO

Bidding A Baroque Adieu: End Of The McGegan Era At PBO

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Thomas May
Nicholas McGegan looks back on his 34 years as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a tenure that ended suddenly amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Vivaldi's 1733 'Motezuma' Receives 21st-Century Completion

Vivaldi’s 1733 ‘Motezuma’ Receives 21st-Century Completion

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Gus Denhard
Matthias Maute’s successful reconstruction of the 'Motezuma' fragments depended heavily on his skill as a composer to “channel” Vivaldi while at the same time imagining a new dramatic framework for the story.
A Historically Informed Approach To Music In Times Of Pandemic

A Historically Informed Approach To Music In Times Of Pandemic

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Christopher Macklin
In his essay for Early Music America, Christopher Macklin notes that he has been "most struck by the importance of music and its power to define and maintain those capillaries of nourishing connection, far more than I have by any dirges or fears of collapse."

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EMA CD & BOOK REVIEWS

Book Review: Fresh Take On Musical Authorship

Book Review: Fresh Take On Musical Authorship

Stephen Rose challenges contemporary critical views that de-emphasize the role of the composer by showing that performers and composers were understood as occupying two separate spheres, blurring the line of authorial primacy.
CD Review: Elegant Artistry On Pardessus De Viole

CD Review: Elegant Artistry On Pardessus De Viole

While much of the music for the pardessus remains unrecorded, a CD by Mélisande Corriveau, a Montreal-based gamba player and member of Les Voix Humaines, brings it to life with harpsichordist Eric Milnes.
CD Review: O'Dette Revels In De Rippe's Lute Music

CD Review: O’Dette Revels In De Rippe’s Lute Music

As one of the most influential, technically precise, and emotionally expressive performers in the lute world, Paul O'Dette is a fine candidate to be De Rippe’s modern-day counterpart.
CD Review: Bach's Cello Suites Eloquent On Violin

CD Review: Bach’s Cello Suites Eloquent On Violin

Johnny Gandelsman takes these secularly composed, now sacredly received works higher in pitch while keeping the music refreshingly down to Earth.

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EARLY MUSIC NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

It is with this bleak future in mind that I write to you now on behalf of San Francisco Early Music Society’s Board of Directors and staff. Because the health of our artists, production team, patrons and wider community comes first, we will be cancelling the 16th biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition.
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Berkeley Festival & Exhibition
Published:
April 2, 2020
Looking to expand its repertoire to include more composers of color and to reach a broader audience across Greater Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society has named its first-ever programming consultant.
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Broadway World
Published:
March 31, 2020
With a Carlo de March violin in one hand and a Tielke baroque violin in the other, Wong is living her best (temporally) crossover life.
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WQXR
Published:
March 25, 2020
I play harpsichord, organ, I conduct, I work with singers, I teach, I write. Any one of those things is one career, so in a way if I had really focussed on one of those my life would be different.
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VAN magazine
Published:
March 27, 2020
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron is delighted to announce the appointment of Kathleen C. Brittan as its first fulltime Executive Director, following a nationwide search that attracted candidates from across the country. Ms. Brittan takes over from John Yannis, who retired from the organization in December after leading it for many years as its first General Manager.
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BlueHeron.org
Published:
February 11, 2020

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COMMUNITY NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

New York, NY, April 6, 2020 - Douglas Schwalbe, founder of the classical music management agency Schwalbe and Partners, died Friday, April 3 at the age of 92 after a ...
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We discovered this Scottish lute song while playing through a manuscript last week, and decided to explore an interpretation with Baroque guitar because Paul left his lute in New York ...
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September 20, 2019 Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center, Houston, TX Suites from Les Indes Galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) Premier Concert Ouverture Entrée des quatre Nations dans la cour d’Hébé ...
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CANCELLATION TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH SEASON (Scheduled for May 29-31, 2020) The Toronto Bach Festival has announced the cancellation of its fifth season, scheduled for May 29-31, due ...
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Dear Friends, I hope you are well in these uncertain times. All of us at Apollo’s Fire are grateful that music, art, and literature nourish us during hardship. You recall ...
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