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2019–2020 Season

Events List:

January 15–January 26, 2018
NEWS: Call for Participation: Mid-Winter Tune-Up
See the Mid-Winter Tuneup Event on January 27th.

January 24, 2018
Rousseau, Pergolesi, and Rameau
Dr. Roberta Barker will invite us to consider the relationship between European music and European thought in the Age of Reason.

January 27, 2018
Mid-Winter Tune-Up
The Mid-Winter Tune-Up. One of our most enduring and popular events. Perform whatever music you or your group have been working on.

February 10, 2018
Early Music Movie Night
Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard von Bingen.

March 14–March 18, 2018
Femke Bergsma Weekend
Weekend of lessons, public coaching, and early music reading for all with Femke Bergsma!

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 15–January 26, 2018 — NEWS: Call for Participation: Mid-Winter Tune-Up

See the Mid-Winter Tuneup Event on January 27th.

 

January 24, 2018 — Rousseau, Pergolesi, and Rameau

In a combined talk and musical performance, Dr. Roberta Barker will invite us to consider the relationship between European music and European thought in the Age of Reason. Some of the greatest composers of all time, such as J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart, emerged from the cultural foment of this period. Moreover, many of the greatest thinkers of the era — including most notably Jean-Jacques Rousseau — both wrote about and composed music.

This performance will feature the work of Bach alongside vocal music by two composers, Rameau and Pergolesi, whose work stirred Rousseau to vehement arguments. We’ll consider how music encapsulated the spirit of the age and incited some of its greatest debates. But above all, we’ll immerse ourselves in the beautiful sounds of the eighteenth century, performed by some of Halifax’s leading musicians, including a chamber choir directed by Garth MacPhee, Symphony Nova Scotia string players Karen Langille, Celeste Jankowski, and Hilary Brown, counter-tenor Andrew Pickett, and FYP’s own Elisabeth Stones, soprano.

Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King's College.

Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Rd Halifax, NS
This event is free and open to the public.

 

January 27, 2018 — 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 22. 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 27, 7:30 p.m.
Bethany United Church
7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax
Free to EMSNS members, public by donation.

 

February 10, 2018 — Early Music Movie Night

Our film night last year was so fun, we've decided to do it again! This year we'll see the award-winning Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard von Bingen, depicting the musical abbess's struggle to increase the role of women within her order. With a pre-film chat by Dr. Jennifer Bain.

Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
MacAloney Room, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Room 406, 6101 University Ave, Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.

 

March 14–March 18, 2018 — Femke Bergsma Weekend

Femke Bergsma, recorder virtuoso and experienced workshop leader, will be joining us for a weekend of private instruction, public solo and ensemble coaching, and a reading of medieval and Renaissance music for singer and players (on the evening of Saturday, March 17th). This year's focus will be on ornamentation and improvisation. To arrange private lessons, or to register a spot in the public coaching, please contact Nancy Carr at thecarrs (at) hfx.eastlink.ca or 902-477-9839.

 

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. Please note the venue is to be announced. Music will be available for 'C' tuned instruments only.

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

 

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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