EMA Publishes Spring 2009 Issue of Early Music America Magazine

15 Feb 2009 (SEATTLE, WA)  Early Music America has published the Spring 2009 issue of its quarterly publication, Early Music America magazine.  Call 1-888-SACKBUT or email info@earlymusic.org now to request a complimentary copy.


The Pope, Plainchant, and Peaceful Meditation
Angela Mariani analyzes the recent popularity of chant and whether it is a result of Pope Benedict’s interest in historical liturgical music or a reflection of people’s need to cope with a fast-paced world.

Excerpt: “Gregorian chant is appealing because it speaks to the heart, is incredibly expressive and intuitive. This is the ancient ‘soul music’, spirit and heart of Western music, and it connects us with the milieu of our cultural forebears.”

Thomas Linley: Mozart’s Boyhood Rival
Patrick Wood presents the story of Thomas Linley, a precocious violinist who could match Mozart note for note, but whose promise was not truly realized after a life cut all too short.

Excerpt: “A tragic loss indeed, not only of human life, but also of possibilities. Where might Linley’s style have gone next? What might have come of another meeting with Mozart? Imagine a 35 year old Linley attending Haydn’s London concerts and conversing with him too.”

Making Music Soar Above the Bottom Line

Rebecca Hutchinson speaks to a number of early music administrators who are being resourceful during these economic times.

Excerpt:  “It’s a challenging time in the world, and there is no way that that is not going to impact all of us, but I think that organizations that are well-managed, with an active and proactive board of directors, will see it through.” (Cindi Hubbard, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra)

The 2009 EMA Guide to Workshops & Festivals
An exclusive listing of early music workshops and festivals taking place in North America and elsewhere.

Also in this issue: Boston Stages Poppea in June (A Preview of the Boston Early Music Festival) by Gary Freeman

Plus Recording Reviews, Book Reviews, and Sound Bytes (news from the field).

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music.  EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support.  EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.  “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles.  For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.

Maria Coldwell, Executive Director
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290