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2018–2019 Season

EMSNS Events List:

September 1–September 30, 2018
EMSNS Membership Renewal Time!
Time to renew your yearly membership.

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

September 29, 2018
EMSNS Season Opening Event: Beginning with Bach
Past President Andrew Pickett will lead singers and instrumentalists in a group re-creation (from scratch) of selected Bach pieces.

October 20, 2018
CAMMAC-style Bach reading
Bach Orchestral reading led 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.

 

September 1–September 30, 2018 — EMSNS Membership Renewal Time!

Yearly memberships will continue to be $25 for an Individual, $30 for a Family.
Student memberships are available for $15.
Multi-year memberships are available for 2 or 3 years, with a discount for the 3rd year (see the "Join" page: http://earlymusic.chebucto.or... for more details).

Payment options include:
- By cheque or cash at any EMSNS event
- By cheque, mailed to the Treasurer at:
EMSNS
5908 Pine Hill Crescent,
Halifax, NS, B3H 1E5
- By PayPal from the "Join" page of the EMS website http://earlymusic.chebucto.org/
- By Interact: Send an e-transfer to emsns@chebucto.ns.ca

 

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.

 

September 29, 2018 — EMSNS Season Opening Event: Beginning with Bach

After a good summer break, it's always great to connect again with our musical friends and make fine music together. All are welcome!

EMSNS Past President Andrew Pickett will lead singers and instrumentalists in a group re-creation (from scratch) of selected Bach pieces: BWV 118 (O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht) and the Gloria of the Mass in G Major, BWV 236, and perhaps a short chorale to be named later.

Parts can (optionally) be downloaded at: https://drive.google.com/driv...

Parts will also be provided at the event. Modern pitch (A=440) will be used.

St. Mark's Anglican Church
5522 Russell St. Halifax
Free to EMS members and open to non-members by donation.

 

October 20, 2018 — CAMMAC-style Bach reading

Orchestral reading of Bach Brandenburg Concerto #2 led by Melissa Doiron.

Stay tuned for more details.

Venue to be announced - stay tuned!

 

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.

Many other activities involving Marie – masterclasses, workshops, etc. - are planned around this main-event concert.

Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, November 3, 2 p.m.
St. George's Round Church
2222 Brunswick St., Halifax

 

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.



Community Events List:

September 23, 2018 – May 31, 2019
​Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Baroque Chamber Ensemble Class
Learn historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation that really bring this music to life.

September 27–September 30, 2018
Nova Scotia Harp Festival
Various concerts in Halifax and Lunenburg focusing on the Harp.

October 5–October 31, 2018
New Viola Da Gamba players?

October 13, 2018
DCCA: Ensemble Les Songes
These dynamic performers were brought together by friendship and their common passion for the baroque repertoire.

December 27, 2018
Messiah From Scratch 2018 - 40th year.
Now in its 40th year, Messiah from Scratch brings orchestral musicians and singers of all ages together.

June 30, 2019
Latest changes as of: Sept 18, 2018
Watch this list to find out what's new or changed in events.

 

September 23, 2018 – May 31, 2019 — ​Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Baroque Chamber Ensemble Class

Take a journey back in time to discover the distinct musical vocabulary of the Baroque Period (1600-1750) in Europe which featured such beloved composers as Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Händel. Learn historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation that really bring this music to life. We have in-house harpsichord access and are open to intermediate+ keyboardists, singers, string players, and wind players. Thanks to our collaboration with the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia, there are opportunities to borrow 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 as a group/team and come committed and prepared to take advantage of this unique and wonderful opportunity, offered nowhere else in Halifax.

First class: week of September 23, 2018.
Participants: Ages 13 - Adult.
Faculty: Jennifer Publicover - Baroque flute; and guest artists.

​Interested players should contact the front desk at the Maritime Conservatory and ask to be referred to Jennifer Publicover for more information: http://maritimeconservatory.com/

Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax
$240 for 14 coached sessions + registration

 

September 27–September 30, 2018 — Nova Scotia Harp Festival

Various concerts in Halifax and Lunenburg focusing on the Harp. Thursday in Lunenburg. Friday to Sunday in Halifax.

see https://www.nsharp.ca for more details.

on facebook: Nova Scotia Harp Festival.

contact: novascotiaharp@gmail.com

 

October 5–October 31, 2018 — New Viola Da Gamba players?

Joan Chandler (joan.chandler@ns.sympatico.ca) is interested in talking to anyone who might like to try out viola da gamba.

Some loaners available. Single sessions for a hands-on try, or join a six-session class starting in October.

Contact Joan for start date, cost, and location.

 

October 13, 2018 — DCCA: Ensemble Les Songes

Samantha Louis-Jean (soprano)
Vincent Lauzer (recorder)
Camille Paquette-Roy (cello)
Mélisande McNabney (harpsichord)

In 2015 and 2016, Les Songes were on the road across Canada performing their program Alma Innamorata, with two tours presented by the Jeunesses Musicales Canada. With this program, they were nominated at the Prix Opus in the Concert of the Year - medieval, Renaissance, baroque music category.

Les Songes have performed in the Clavecin en Concert and La Dauphine concert series, at the Bourgie Hall and the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, as well as the International Baroque Music Festival in Lamèque. Their concert Agitata was recorded and broadcast by CBC ICI Musique.

DCCA website: http://www.dartmouthcommunity...

Saturday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
Woodlawn United Church
54 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth
See the DCCA web site above for various prices.

 

December 27, 2018 — Messiah From Scratch 2018 - 40th year.

Now in its 40th year, with some musicians participating since conception, Messiah from Scratch brings orchestral musicians and singers of all ages together to support Feed Nova Scotia and the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra.

Messiah music scores are provided for a quick, one-hour rehearsal and then performed for the public, from scratch.

Rehearsal is at 2:00 p.m. and the performance at 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 27, 2 p.m.
Faith Tabernacle Church
6225 Summit St, Halifax, NS B3L 1R6
Cost is $10 to participate or attend, with a $10 deposit for scores (refunded when returned). Donations and canned food for Feed Nova Scotia are welcome.

 

June 30, 2019 — Latest changes as of: Sept 18, 2018

Latest changes are at the bottom of the list. Stay tuned for more updates!

2018-09-14. Added Dec 27 Messiah From Scratch.
2018-09-17. Added Membership, Viola Da Gamba event. Updated Harpsichord event.
2018-09-18. Added EMS Baroque Chamber event. Details for 9/29 Bach opening event.
2018-09-19. Updated EMS Baroque Chamber event.



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