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In the News… happenings in the world of early music performance

September 15, 2009

The envelope, please . . .

On October 7, four up-and-coming early-music ensembles face off at Corpus Christi Church in New York City to vie for one of the most desirable awards in the field: Early Music America’s Unicorn Prize for Medieval/Renaissance performers. The winning ensemble receives a cash award of $2000 and performance slots in early-music seasons in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. Among the competitors in the biennial event are two ensembles from Montréal (Ensemble Alkemia and Musica Fantasia), the Old Hall male vocal trio from Boston, and Seattle’s own Plain and Easie, with violinist Shulamit Kleinerman, bass violinist Nathan Whittaker, lutenist John Lenti, and soprano Linda Tsatsakis. For more information about the competition and the award, click here.

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Streaming Queen

Thanks to the marvels of internet radio, you can tune in at your leisure to Vancouver Early Music Festival’s August 6th complete performance of Henry Purcell’s The Fairie Queen. Alexander Weimann (new music director of Pacific Baroque Orchestra) leads eight soloists and the Baroque Festival orchestra (including EMG’s own Kris Kwapis on baroque trumpet) in this 350th anniversary celebration of Purcell’s brilliant musical commentary on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. You’ll find the streaming broadcast here.

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The Danish-American recorder trio Wood’N’Flutes celebrates its tenth anniversary with a concert tour featuring selections from 800 years of traditional and contemporary music: Catch their Seattle appearance at 7pm on Tuesday October 20th at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard.  For more information click here.

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The Seattle Academy of Opera has been a resident ensemble at St. James Cathedral for the three years, offering weekend-long workshops in baroque opera, cantata and oratorio performance style. On Sunday October 11th, the customary public performance concluding the workshop will take place for the first time in the Cathedral Chapel. The repertory for the hour-long matinee program will include the sublime soprano duet “Pulchra es” from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, as well as the first modern performance of Anima peccatrice (Sinful soul), an unusually expressive trio by Marco Marazzoli, composer to the Barberini popes, who dominated the chair of St. Peter in the early 17th century.

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