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(US) Texas Early Music Project (TEMP): "TEMP's First Annual Pop-up Silent Auction" (17 Sep 2017)

Contributed by admin on Sep 10, 2017

(From a recent TEMP newsletter 08 Sep 2017)

"Have you ever attended a concert and thought, "The only thing missing from this experience is a silent auction where I can get really cool stuff.  Now THAT would make my day."

Well folks, get ready, because we are about to make your day!

On Sunday, Sept. 17th,  at our Paris City Limits, Part Deux concert, we’re hosting TEMP’s first annual Pop-Up Silent Auction.  From 2:00 to 5:30pm  you can enter your bids for items that include:  ...


(US) Atlas Obscura Article: "How a 17th-Century Naval Engineer Revolutionized Set Design" (by Cara Giaimo, 05 Sep 2017)

Contributed by admin on Sep 09, 2017

"In 1660, the stage designer Gaspare Vigarani came into an unexpected windfall. The Louvre was expanding, and the Grande Salle du Petit-Bourbon—a massive theater that had housed operas, plays, and ballets for nearly a century—was being destroyed to make room. Vigarani was told to grab everything he could from backstage and move it to his own theater, the Salles de Machines, which was then under construction. ...


(US) WIRED Magazine Article: "What Happens When Algorithms Design A Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphiharmonie" (by Liz Stinson, 12 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"The most interesting thing about Herzog and De Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg, Germany. It’s not the gently curved elevator at the base of the lobby that deposits you into the belly of the Swiss architects’ alien landscape. And it’s not the Escher-esque stairways that guide you from one floor to the next.

Though Hamburg’s $843 million philharmonic is filled with stunning architectural gems, its most interesting feature is the central auditorium, a gleaming ivory cave built from 10,000 unique acoustic panels that ...


(FR) Musicologie Article: "Bertolli Francesca ....-1767 [contralto]" (by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 09 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"Contralto, she is in 1728, she is at the service of the great Duchess of Tuscany and sings in two operas in Bologna and two others in Livorno.

Georg Friedrich Händel hired her in September 1729 for the season at King's Theater in London. Until 1733 she sang ...


Early Music Month of March 2017 - European Early Music Day 2017 (March 21st)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

From both sides of the Atlantic, the month of March celebrates early music in a big way. 

"Early Music Month of March 2017", promoted in North America by Early Music America (EMA) is "designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever."

Opting for a more specific day, "European Early Music Day 2017 - 21st of March" promoted in Europe by the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne - European Early Music Network (REMA) "is held every year on 21st March, a day celebrating the beginning of spring, and the birthday of Early Music’s period probably most relevant and known composers: Johann Sebastian Bach (born on 21st March 1685, according to the Julian Calendar)." 

Now is the time to register ...


(BE) Compact Disc Reviews: "Flanders Recorder Quartet (FRQ) - "The End of a Beautiful Chapter" (by Tom Bickley)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

"An Interview by Tom Bickley, Compact Disc Reviews Editor, with members of the Flanders Recorder Quartet for their approaching 30th Anniversary and Final Tour

Since being founded in 1987, the Flanders Recorder Quartet (FRQ) has evolved into one of the world ’s top ensembles.Their success in 1990 at the prestigious Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges (Belgium), organized by the Flanders Festival, was the start of an extensive concert career. ...


(US) Columbia Journalism Review Article: "Curtains fall on arts critics at newspapers" (by Jed Gottlieb, 06 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

"“Boston is a music city, look at how many music schools are here and at the number of people purchasing concert tickets,” says Steve Morse, a Globe staff critic from the 1970s through the 2000s. “There should be much more coverage.” ...


(UK) National Centre for Early Music Newsrelease: "National Centre for Early Music Launches Free Online Directory" (11 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

"The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) announces the launch of its free online early music artist directory.

The directory contains a comprehensive list of early music artists and ensembles working across the UK. It is presented alphabetically, across specialist periods including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical and also by style including: vocal, instrumental, consort and soloist. Each entry includes biographical information, an image and any relevant You Tube video audio soundbites. The directory is easy to navigate and will be an invaluable resource for the early music community, promoters and agents. ...


(UK) York Early Music Festival Announces 40th Anniversary Partnership with Hiscox in 2017

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

"2017 is a significant year for the York Early Music Festival, as the internationally acclaimed 10-day summer festival celebrates its 40th anniversary and announces a new three-year partnership with specialist insurer, Hiscox. ...


(UK) New Scientist Article: "Norway is first country to turn off FM radio and go digital-only" (by Timothy Revell, 10 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

(Sign of the times ... EarlyMusicNews.org Editor)

"Norway will be the first country to start turning off FM radio. Over the course of 2017, the FM radio network will slowly be switched off, with listeners only able to listen to digital programmes instead.

The northern county of Nordland will cease to broadcast FM radio from tomorrow, with other regions following suit throughout the year. ...


(US) The Art's Fuse Article on the State of Reviewers in the Arts' Scene (by Bill Marx, Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 16, 2016

"In his November 9th piece for Deadline Hollywood, Jeremy Gerard reports that the bottom is falling out for serious arts criticism at The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Reviewers will be fighting for their existence in the online equivalent of journalistic death cage matches: picked off in hybrid lifestyle sections, such as the Journal‘s new “Life and Arts.” And that fade-out encourages publications lower on the food chain to ditch arts criticism, if they haven’t already. Or it serves as an excuse to let reviews gently dangle over the edge of the cliff, as The Boston Globe is doing with its move to have non-profit organizations pay for arts criticism. ...