2018–2019 Season

Non-members are welcome at all Society events by donation.

EMS Events List:

December 11, 2018
Next Board Meeting: Tuesday.
Visitors Welcome. Contact us for the location.

December 28, 2018
Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noel.
The annual reading of Charpentier's Christmas Mass at St. James' Church.

January 12, 2019
Early Music Movie Night
Our film night last year was so fun, we've decided to do it again!

January 26, 2019
Mid-Winter Tune-Up
One of our most enduring and popular events. Perform whatever music you or your group have been working on.

March 23–March 24, 2019
Early Music Camp
It's that time again for our Early Music Chamber Camp weekend.

April 27, 2019
Dance The Night Away
Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell will lead all comers in an evening of 15th-17th century dance, band members also welcome!

June 15, 2019
Annual General Meeting
This gathering also features refreshments and live student performances from the community.

 

December 11, 2018 — Next Board Meeting: Tuesday.

Visitors Welcome. Contact us for the location.

Tuesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Various

 

December 28, 2018 — Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noel.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704) was a prolific and celebrated French composer of the Baroque era, who brought Italian influences to bear on French music. His patrons included aristocrats and Jesuits, and he collaborated with Molière on the Parisian stage. The prelude to his Te Deum is used today as the signature tune for the European Broadcasting Union, heard in the opening credits of Eurovision events.

The annual reading of Charpentier's Christmas Mass (1690) has become an EMSNS holiday tradition, and will take place this year on December 28. We'll also have a chance to sing through the ancient French carols underlying this beloved work. All singers and instrumentalists welcome (note 7pm start time). The conductor will be Eszter Horvath.

If the weather forces us to postpone, then the event will take place on Dec. 29.

Friday, December 28, 7 p.m.
St. James Anglican Church
2668 Joseph Howe Dr, Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.

 

January 12, 2019 — Early Music Movie Night

Our film night last year was so fun, we've decided to do it again! Stay tuned for further details.

Saturday, January 12, 7 p.m.
MacAloney Room, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Room 406, 6101 University Ave, Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.

 

January 26, 2019 — Mid-Winter Tune-Up

The Mid-Winter Tune-Up is one of our most enduring and popular events.

Come and play/sing some of whatever you've been working on by yourself or with a group, in a convivial, non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere—or just be part of the audience. As always, we'll finish the evening with snacks and drinks, so please bring finger foods, and we'll provide the drinks!

All members of the EMSNS, or ensembles including at least one member, are invited to share the music on which they have been working. The only restriction is a time limit of 8 minutes.

If you are interested in participating, please email Jay Perry at jayperry@ns.sympatico.ca, or phone 902-425-3828 and leave a message, by Monday, Jan 21. Please include the following information:

• name of performer/group.
• instrumentation comprising your group.
• title, composer and date (if known or approximate) of the composition.
• duration of the piece (approximate).
• number of chairs needed to seat your entry, and the names of those occupying the seats (for planning the program to minimize traffic crossing the floor during performances)
• any special requirements for your performance (e.g. need a harpsichord, etc.)

Please bring your own music stands and lights.

We're looking forward to hearing your musical offerings! And do invite your friends to come and listen.

Saturday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
Bethany United Church
7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax
Free to EMSNS members, public by donation.

 

March 23–March 24, 2019 — Early Music Camp

It's that time again for our Early Music Chamber Camp weekend. Participating instrumentalists and singers will enjoy a weekend of chamber music collaborations with coaching from local early music specialists.

St. Mark's Anglican Church
5522 Russell St. Halifax

 

April 27, 2019 — Dance The Night Away

Learn dances of the Renaissance/Baroque and trip the light fantastic to a live band – and/or, bring your instrument and play in the live band itself.

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Fairview United Church
3524 Dutch Village Rd., Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.

 

June 15, 2019 — Annual General Meeting

An awful lot of fun for a meeting!

This gathering also features refreshments and live student performances from the community.

Saturday, June 15, 3 p.m.
Venue to be announced - stay tuned!

Free. Donations welcome.


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