2018–2019 Season

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

EMS Events List:

September 20–October 25, 2018
EMSNS Madrigal group
Short, a capella, secular works for small choir. All skill levels welcome!

October 20, 2018
Bach’s Brandenburg No. 2 “From Scratch"
Orchestral reading conducted by Melissa Doiron.

October 22, 2018 – January 21, 2019
EMSNS Baroque Chamber Orchestra fall session
The Orchestra is back! We focus on Baroque string music, though woodwinds are also welcome.

November 3, 2018
Harpsichord Fundraiser Chamber Concert
Premiere Canadian harpsichordist Marie Bouchard and other early music professionals perform a matinee concert for a great cause.

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

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.

 

September 20–October 25, 2018 — EMSNS Madrigal group

Do you enjoy laughing and learning while you sing? The Early Music Society of Nova Scotia Madrigal Group is a relaxed, non-performing a cappella group that meets on Thursday mornings to sing a wide variety of English, Italian and French sixteenth-century music, directed by Andrew Pickett.

Our next session begins Thursday, September 20, and will run for 6 weeks through October 25, meeting in the Fellowship Hall on the 2nd floor of First Baptist Church.

Drop-ins are always welcome, and we’re looking for new members—bring a friend!

Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
First Baptist Church
1300 Oxford St, Halifax
$60 for EMSNS members, $72 for nonmembers.

 

October 20, 2018 — Bach’s Brandenburg No. 2 “From Scratch"

Join conductor Melissa Doiron for a just-for-fun reading of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2. Bring your C instrument, grab a part and play through this magnificent work.

For those who remember CAMMAC readings, this is not exactly that… but it’s similar! An open, participatory reading in an informal, fun, and learning environment. A gathering for both the young and the not-so-young. Tell your friends!

FYI, the music parts are saved on this google drive: https://drive.google.com/driv...

Note: this is a non-food event.

Fountain School of Performing Arts. Room 121 (in the basement). Use the side entrance on Seymour St.
Dalhousie University, Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.

 

October 22, 2018 – January 21, 2019 — EMSNS Baroque Chamber Orchestra fall session

We focus on Baroque string music, though woodwinds are also welcome. We play at A440 so you don’t need a period instrument to participate. Please bring a music stand. Repertoire will be determined based on instrumentation. We meet on Mondays.

Please email laurenklein@mac.com if you plan to attend, if you have any questions, or if you'd like to start looking at the music ahead of time.

Note: There will be no rehearsals on November 12, December 17, 24, 31, and January 7.

Monday, October 22, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Tabernacle Church
6225 Summit St, Halifax, NS B3L 1R6
$96 ($80 for EMSNS members)

 

November 3, 2018 — Harpsichord Fundraiser Chamber Concert

Premiere Canadian harpsichordist Marie Bouchard and early music professionals from the Halifax area will perform a matinee chamber music concert which will fundraise for the continued upkeep of our newly-acquired Saunders harpsichord.

Also, check out the other exciting activities associated with Marie Bouchard’s visit in the Community Events Section of our website: http://earlymusic.chebucto.or...

But wait! There’s more! You can easily become a KEY supporter of the EMS: people will be given the opportunity to purchase individual keys on the Saunders harpsichord.

Choose your middle C, or B flat, or F sharp and your name goes on it! Help maintain our new and exquisite acquisition for decades to come.

Saturday, November 3, 2 p.m.
St. George's Round Church
2222 Brunswick St., Halifax
Admission to this special event is by donation

 

December 28, 2018 — Charpentier Messe de Minuit

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 7pm start time).

Dec. 29 will be a snow day if there is a cancellation.

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 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.
Venue to be announced - stay tuned!

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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