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

March 30, 2010

Recorder 101

Many an early-music lover was introduced to the repertory by tootling through the Sweet Pipes Recorder books.  Up north a ways, the Everett Recorder Players+ are accomodating new and less-experienced players with a bi-monthly session for beginners based on the classic method.  As they progress they’re invited to attend the group’s general meetings alternate Saturdays. Drop a line to Linda Carlson at for an electronic copy of the five-month old group’s colorful newsletter and get in on the fun yourselves.

Crazy for love

That would be the noble Orlando, gaga for the frosty maid Angelica, in George Frideric Handel’s operatic tragicomedy Orlando furioso. April 8 through 13, the Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque under music director Nic McGegan presents concert performances in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Palo Alto based on the acclaimed 2008 stagings at Sweden’s Drottningholm Theater and the Göttingen Handel festival. Learn more here.

Punch premiere

Closer to home, don’t miss the North American premiere of Giovanni Paisiello’s one-act comic opera Pulcinella vendicato (The Revenge of Mr. Punch). Written for carnival-time Naples, the show’s a gallimaufry of magic, romance, and scurrilous tricks: just the thing to serve as the Carter Family Marionettes‘ 11th annual foray into puppet-opera.  Margriet Tindemans supervises the live singers and orchestra.  Learn more and reserve tickets for the two-weekend run here.

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