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2017–2018 Season

Events List:

September 7–October 26, 2017
EMSNS Madrigal group
Short, a capella, secular works for small choir. All skill levels welcome! Thursday mornings.

October 28, 2017
Sacred Choral Music Workshop
Garth MacPhee takes us on a singing tour of sacred music through the ages.

November 18–November 19, 2017
Early Music Camp
The annual EMSNS Early Music Camp Weekend!

December 28, 2017
Charpentier Messe de Minuit
The annual reading of Charpentier's Christmas Mass At St. James' - 7pm!

January 27, 2018
Mid-Winter Tune-Up
The annuals Mid-Winter Tune-Up is a chance to see (and hear) a little bit of what everyone is up to.

February 10, 2018
Early Music Movie Night
Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard von Bingen Note: Date to be confirmed!

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.

 

September 7–October 26, 2017 — EMSNS Madrigal group

Our three week break is already over, and the next madrigals session is starting this week. I hope you enjoyed the last couple of weeks of summer; including the NSCF choir camp, those who went!

Thursday, September 7, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
First Baptist Church
1300 Oxford St, Halifax
$80 for EMSNS members, $96 for non-members

 

October 28, 2017 — Sacred Choral Music Workshop

Garth MacPhee takes us on a singing tour of sacred music through the ages. Bring your joyful voices &emdash; and we can skip the sermon! You're also welcome to come and listen.

Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
St George's Round Church
2222 Brunswick St., Halifax
Free for EMSNS members. Non-members are welcome by donation.

 

November 18–November 19, 2017 — Early Music Camp

Our third annual camp! We're once again inviting individual players and ensembles to spend a weekend rehearsing intensively and working with expert coaches to develop our ensemble skills. Featuring a faculty concert on Saturday, and final recital on Sunday.

St. Mark's Anglican Church
5522 Russell St. Halifax
EMSNS members $30, others $40.

 

December 28, 2017 — 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 (not 7pm start time).

Thursday, 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 27, 2018 — Mid-Winter Tune-Up

The ever-popular Mid-Winter Tune-Up, a chance for groups and individuals to showcase the short pieces (up to 8 minutes) they have been working on. Share your music,or come and listen! A call for participation will be circulated in December. Venue to be announced.

Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

 

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 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 nad 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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