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2017–2018 Season

Events List:

January 1–December 31, 2018
UPDATES - March 10
Most recent changes to the events.

March 25–March 31, 2018
The Art of Sprezzatura
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance will host an early music performance course at the end of March.

April 21, 2018
Dance The Night Away
Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell will lead all comers in an evening of 15th-17th century dance, band members also welcome!

May 5, 2018
Handel Oratorio Reading
Eszter Horvath leads us in an exciting reading from the oratorios of a composer Haydn called "The master of us all": Georg Frideric Handel.

June 16, 2018
Annual General Meeting
The annual paperwork, plus lots of music and fun. Note venue to be confirmed.


January 1–December 31, 2018 — UPDATES - March 10

Most recent changes at the bottom:

2018-03-10. Added Lunenburg Sprezzatura course on March 25.


March 25–March 31, 2018 — The Art of Sprezzatura

How to be a Professional Musician in the 1590s.

Bruce Dickey—cornetto
Catherine Motuz—renaissance trombone
Joëlle Morton—viola da gamba
Catalina Vicens—keyboard instruments

Our week-long course will center on acquiring and perfecting the skills required in singing and playing ensemble music of the late Renaissance and Early Baroque. We will focus on the improvisatory nature of much of this music, learning to improvise counterpoint (alla mente), diminutions on melodic lines, and solo ricerari. We will discuss and practice the embellishment of single and multiple lines in a polyphonic texture and examine how the diminution practice of the 16th century transitioned into an effective use of ornaments in the early 17th century. We will also look at other concepts which were part of the musical culture of the 16th century and were thus a part of the education of every musician and singer: tactus, proportion, grace and sprezzatura, unequal articulation, imitation of the human voice, etc. We have assembled a faculty with remarkable performance experience and special expertise in these areas as well as on their instruments.

Catherine will focus on improvisation alla mente and the extemporizing of ricerari, Bruce on diminutions and the imitation of the human voice, Joëlle on ensemble embellishment and improvisation “alla bastarda”, Catalina on the use of keyboard instruments in ensemble music, and we will all collaborate on coaching ensembles and playing together with them.

The course is aimed at students and young professionals. We are looking for a group of up to 12 students on voice, cornetto, trombone, recorder, violin and viola da gamba family instruments and keyboard. Other instruments are also possible. Come to beautiful Nova Scotia and enjoy a unique opportunity to work intensively on a repertoire which is often given too little attention. There will be student, faculty and joint performances.

- Burt Wathen (Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance)

Venue to be announced
Tuition: $500. Auditors (limited to 6/day): cost: $25/pp/day. Daily participants (no age limit) cost: $120/pp/day.


April 21, 2018 — Dance The Night Away

Back by popular demand, Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell leads us in an evening of dance from the courts of 15th-17th century France, Italy and England, as we explore the movement in the music we enjoy playing so much. And if dancing's not for you, come and help supply the tunes!

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Fairview United Church
3524 Dutch Village Rd., Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.


May 5, 2018 — Handel Oratorio Reading

Selections from the oratorios of Handel, led by Eszter Horvath. Something for singers and instrumentalists. Music will be available for 'C' tuned instruments only.

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Venue to be announced
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.


June 16, 2018 — Annual General Meeting

An awful lot of fun for a meeting! Featuring food, drink, and performances by the winners of this year's EMSNS Kiswanis Festival Early Music Awards.

Saturday, June 16, 3 p.m.
First Baptist Church
1300 Oxford St, Halifax
Free. Donations welcome.

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