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EMG presents New Baroque Orchestra and Sine Nomine: Community collegia combine forces

February 16, 2010

EMG Community Collegia: Sine Nomine and New Baroque Orchestra perform Purcell & Handel

New Baroque Orchestra, Ingrid Matthews, Director and Sine Nomine, Gary Cannon, Director will present “Music for Baroque Orchestra and Chorus” featuring Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” and Purcell’s “Come Ye Sons of Art” on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 7:30PM at Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle (at Eighth and James).  Freewill offering appreciated.

A young George Frideric Handel

Early Music Guild Presents Music for Baroque Orchestra and Chorus

The Early Music Guild announces a joint venture of Sine Nomine, Renaissance choir and The New Baroque Orchestra, under the auspices of its Community Collegium program.  Sine Nomine, founded in fall 2008, is an auditioned, mixed-voice, community chamber choir of 20-30 voices, directed by Gary Cannon.  The New Baroque Orchestra, founded in 2004, is a non-auditioned, community Baroque orchestra dedicated to performing 17th- and 18th-century music for strings and winds on period and modern instruments, directed by Ingrid Matthews.  Gary Cannon will conduct the program.

Sine Nomine and The New Baroque Orchestra will present their first joint concert, “Purcell and Handel: Music for Baroque Orchestra and Chorus” on Saturday, February 20th, 2010, at 7:30pm, at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, at 8th and James Streets in downtown Seattle, featuring 17th century works by British composers Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel.  There is no charge for admission to the concert, although donations are accepted.

Concert repertoire includes secular and sacred music from England, composed circa 1700.  The first half of the program is devoted to Henry Purcell, including the popular madrigal In these delightful pleasant groves and his joyous ode, Come, Ye Sons of Art, with symphony and 7 movements, composed to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary II in 1694.  George Frideric Handel’s setting of Psalm 110, Dixit Dominus, in 10 movements, written for an ambitious celebration in Rome of the Feast of our Lady of Mt. Carmel in 1707, is considered his first choral masterpiece and comprises the second half of the program.

The New Baroque Orchestra was founded in 2004, under the leadership of Claire Garabedian, to provide a learning opportunity and a performance outlet for amateur and semi-professional musicians interested in exploring seventeenth- and eighteenth-century orchestral music with an emphasis on historically informed performance practice.  Since that time the group has performed 2-3 programs every year and covered a broad sampling of the baroque repertoire.  The New Baroque Orchestra is sponsored under the Early Music Guild’s Community Collegium program, which also oversees Sine Nomine, the Continuo Ensemble (devoted to seventeenth-century vocal music), the Renaissance Wind Band (for sixteenth-century wind music), and the Cornetto and Sackbut Ensemble.

Ingrid Matthews is the Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and one of today’s most respected baroque violinists.  In addition to her work in Seattle, she has served as guest director and soloist with many of leading period-instrument orchestras, including the New York Collegium, Musica Angelica (LA), the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and many others.  She has taught baroque violin at Indiana University, the University of Southern California, the University of Toronto and numerous festivals and workshops, and is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  Matthews won first prize in the Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, and has been recorded extensively.

Sine Nomine is a Community Collegium program under the direction of the Early Music Guild, founded in 2008 as a mixed-voice chamber choir specializing in the performance of early music, including both sacred and secular works from all regions.  Past performances have included music from Elizabethan England, and explorations of Josquin and his contemporaries, and of Ockeghem and Obrecht.  Most of the participants in Sine Nomine also sing in other choruses, ranging from church choirs to professional ensembles.  For more information about Sine Nomine, to be placed on the mailing list, or to request an audition, please contact SineNomineSeattle@gmail.com .

The founding Director of Sine Nomine is Gary D. Cannon, one of the Northwest’s most dynamic choral personalities.  Since 2008, Cannon is the Artistic Director of the Cascadian Chorale and the Vashon Island Chorale.  This spring he will debut as Principal Conductor of Vashon Opera.  He has served as Chorusmaster of the Northwest Mahler Festival since 2001, and has also conducted the Annas Bay Chamber Choir, the Kirkland Choral Society and several ensembles at the University of Washington.  As a tenor, Cannon has appeared as a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic and the Auburn, Rainier and Eastside symphony orchestras.  He also sings regularly with The Tudor Choir and Choral Arts.  He holds degrees from the University of California–Davis and the University of Washington, where he is currently researching a doctoral dissertation on the twentieth-century British composer William Walton.

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