2019–2020 Season

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Community Events List:

September 28, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Early Music/Baroque Ensembles with Jennifer Publicover and Guest Instructors.
Discover the distinct musical vocabulary of the Baroque and Renaissance periods in Europe.

November 17, 2019
"Baroque Masters" concert.
Galileo Baroque Choir, a new ensemble directed by early music specialist Andrew Pickett, will perform works by titans of the Baroque.

November 19, 2019
Musique Royale: The Nine Maidens
Janelle Lucyk (soprano/violin) & Kerry Bursey (tenor/lute/guitar) share delightful songs of heroines and heroes.

November 20–November 30, 2019
Intermedio
Italian Courtly Entertainments in the 16th Century.
November 2010-day LAMP Renaissance Academy In sixteenth-century Italy, elaborate musical and theatrical “Intermedii” were often inserted between the acts of plays.
November 30A night of music and dance from the 16th century Italian court An extraordinary evening of music and dance from the 16th century Italian court.

November 24, 2019
The Togni Consort
Music that spans over 1000 years, from Gregorian chant and medieval music to new repertoire of this century.

July 31, 2020
EMSNS updates as of: 2019-11-09
The latest updates to our website. Watch here for event changes.

 

September 28, 2019 – January 31, 2020 — Early Music/Baroque Ensembles with Jennifer Publicover and Guest Instructors.

Featured are such beloved composers as Bach, Monteverdi, Telemann, and Händel. Learn how to bring this music to life with historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation. We have our own beautiful harpsichord and are open to intermediate+ keyboardists, singers, string players, and wind players. There are opportunities to borrow/rent Baroque wind instruments and Baroque-style bows for bowed instruments.

There will be 14 coached sessions spread through the 2018-2019 season, led by specialists selected to cater to the particular mix of instruments/voices in the group. Repertoire will also be specially selected to suit the group’s particular needs. Sheet music will be provided ahead of time for individual practice. Members are expected to also rehearse independently and come committed and prepared to take advantage of this unique and wonderful opportunity.

Past specialist guest instructors have included: Garth MacPhee, harpsichord and voice; Andrew Pickett, voice; Ivor Rothwell, recorder and bassoon; Karen Langille, violin; Marie Bouchard, harpsichord; Hilary Brown, cello. We look forward to working with these coaches and more this year, including Kirsty Money, Baroque violin/viola.

Rehearsal times are tailored to the needs of the ensembles. One main rehearsal period will be Sundays at 6:45pm. Starts from Sept. 28, 2019 onward.

For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.jenniferpublicove...

St. George's Round Church
2222 Brunswick St., Halifax

 

November 17, 2019 — "Baroque Masters" concert.

Galileo Baroque Choir, a new ensemble directed by early music specialist Andrew Pickett, will perform works by titans of the Baroque in “Baroque Masters".

The chamber choir is made up of some of Halifax’s finest choral musicians, including trained professionals, experienced veterans and gifted young singers from a wide range of backgrounds, representing the city’s top choirs.

The concert will also feature guest artists Garth MacPhee, continuo organ, and Hilary Brown, cello. The programme includes a wide sampling of anthems, songs and opera choruses by some of the finest composers of the period including Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Schütz and Lully.

Sunday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
St. David's Presbyterian Church
1544 Grafton St, Halifax.
Admission is $20 ($10 students/seniors/unwaged) at the door.

 

November 19, 2019 — Musique Royale: The Nine Maidens

Janelle Lucyk (soprano/violin) & Kerry Bursey (tenor/lute/guitar) share delightful songs of heroines and heroes who cleverly escape danger and find the comfort of love. English traditional songs tell of age old expeditions, and exotic delights, accompanied by lute, violin and guitar.

Admission by advance reservation only.

Contact: penny.margolis@gmail.com

For more info, see: www.musiqueroyale.com

Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Square
5450 Kaye St, Halifax
Advance reservation only: $25 (students $10)

 

November 20–November 30, 2019 — Intermedio

Italian Courtly Entertainments in the 16th Century.

Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
97 Kaulbach Street, Lunenbury, NS

 
November 20 — 10-day LAMP Renaissance Academy

In sixteenth-century Italy, on festive occasions, elaborate musical and theatrical “Intermedii” were often inserted between the acts of plays. At courts such as Ferrara and especially Florence, these spectacles involved large numbers of voices and instruments, costumes, dancers, elaborate scenery and stage machines.

In this 10-day LAMP Renaissance Academy, we will continue our series of academies dedicated to mastering the skills of musicians in the late 16th century (improvisation, articulation, rhetorical expression, gesture, ornamentation and more) in the context of these courtly entertainments. We will look at the history and practice of the intermedii, attempting to place them in a historical and cultural context. We will look at the many descriptions of intermedii and perform excerpts from some of the surviving examples.

The faculty will consist of:

Suzie Leblanc – voice
Marie-Natalie Lacoursière – dance and gesture
Bruce Dickey – cornetto
Catherine Motuz – Renaissance trombone
Catalina Vicens – organ and harpishord

Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
97 Kaulbach Street, Lunenbury, NS
Participant slots still open. Fee: $800 for the week. Auditors are most welcome for a very low daily rate.

 
November 30 — A night of music and dance from the 16th century Italian court

Top Renaissance artists Bruce Dickey, Suzie LeBlanc, Catalina Vicens, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere and Catherine Motuz headline this extraordinary evening of music and dance from the 16th century Italian court.

For more information visit: http://www.lampns.ca/renaissa...

Saturday, November 30, 7 p.m.
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
97 Kaulbach Street, Lunenbury, NS
Admission: $35.

 

November 24, 2019 — The Togni Consort

Music that spans over 1000 years, from Gregorian chant and medieval music to new repertoire of this century performed by vocal quartet, The Togni Consort.

With Jeff Reilly on bass-clarinet and Peter-Anthony Togni on keys.

Sunday, November 24, 4 p.m.
St. David's Presbyterian Church
1544 Grafton St, Halifax.
$25 ($20 advance at tickethalifax.com)

 

July 31, 2020 — EMSNS updates as of: 2019-11-09

Latest updates are at the bottom. Stay tuned for more news!

2019-11-09. Added Baroque Masters event.
2019-11-13. Added Nine Maidens, The Togni Consort. Next board mtg.