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2015–2016 Season

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30 pm: Back to Bach. Room 121, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. A welcoming get-together for early music lovers both new and returning, as we sing and play through wonderful Bach chorales. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome! Led by Eszter Horvath.

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:30 pm: Never Too Late. Parish Hall, Christ Church, 50 Wentworth Street, Dartmouth. Have you always wondered about trying out an early instrument? Well, it’s Never Too Late! We’ll get together with experienced coaches and some of the Dal/EMSNS early instrument collection, and take a chance on trying something new. Sign up at Back to Bach, or email us.

Sat–Sun, November 14–15, 2015 (tbc): Early Music Camp. In an exciting new project, we’re inviting ensembles and individual players to spend a weekend rehearsing intensively and working with expert coaches to take your group to the next level, or start a brand new ensemble! Featuring a faculty concert on Saturday, and a final concert on Sunday. Available subject to sufficient numbers—contact us if you're interested.

Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:00 pm: Charpentier Messe de minuit. St James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. Our annual reading of Charpentier’s Christmas Mass has become an EMSNS holiday tradition. We’ll also have a chance to sing through the ancient French carols underlying this beloved work. All singers and instrumentalists welcome (note 7 pm start time).

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30 pm: Mid-Winter Tune-Up. Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax. The ever-popular Mid-Winter Tune-Up, a chance for groups and individuals to showcase the short pieces (up to 8 minutes) they have been working on. Share your music, or come and listen! A call for participation will be circulated in December.

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:30 pm: Vivaldi Reading. Room 121, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Our third CAMMAC-style reading, where we explore the Vivaldi Four Seasons with leader Lauren Klein.

Saturday, March 5, 2016: Early Music Concert Showcase. 7:30 pm, MacAloney Room, Dal Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Local professional, amateur and student ensembles present a cornucopia of early music offerings in honour of Dr. David Wilson, founding EMSNS member and former chair of Dal Music.

Saturday, May 14, 2016: Annual General Meeting. 4:00 pm, All Saints Cathedral Hall, 1330 Martello St, Halifax. An awful lot of fun for a meeting! Featuring food, drink, entertainment by talented local early music performers, and the winners of this year’s Kiwanis Festival Early Music Awards.

Lecture Series

Once again this year we are delighted to introduce an annual series of lectures on various aspects of early music study and performance, featuring local and visiting experts. Lectures will take place at the Dalhousie Arts Centre; details to be announced.

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