EMA Announces Finalists in 3rd Medieval/Renaissance Music Competition

8 Jul 2009 (SEATTLE, WA)  Early Music America (EMA) announces the four finalists in its third Medieval/Renaissance music competition for North American artists. The finalists will compete in a live concert at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W. 121st St. in New York City at 7:30 pm on October 7, 2009. The winner of the competition will receive the Unicorn Prize (a cash prize) and three concert performances, co-sponsored by EMA and presenters in Milwaukee (Early Music Now), Pittsburgh (Renaissance and Baroque Society) and Seattle (Early Music Guild). The purpose of this competition is to encourage the development of emerging artists in the performance of medieval and Renaissance music.  The competition is made possible by the generous support of a private donor.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Ensemble Alkemia (Dorothéa Ventura, Marie-Paule Martel-Reny, Jean-François Daignault, voices; and Pierre-Alexandre Saint-Yves, voice and instruments); their program features secular music from the Spanish Renaissance; they are based in Montréal, Quebec.

Musica Fantasia (Julie Ryning, soprano; Ji-Sun Kim, recorders; Katelyn Clark, keyboards); their program features 14th and 15th-century music; they are based in Montréal, Quebec.

Old Hall Trio (Martin Near, countertenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone); their program features late medieval and early Renaissance music, primarily from England; they are based in Boston, MA.

Plaine and Easie (Linda Tsatsanis, soprano; Shulamit Kleinerman, violin; John Lenti, lute; Nathan Whittaker, bass violin); their program features Elizabethan music, with special emphasis on Morley and Dowland; they are based in Seattle, WA.

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