[SEATTLE, WA]—Early Music America (EMA), the North American service organization for the field of early music, will launch a new initiative as part of its 25th anniversary celebration this season: the EMA Young Performers Festival. The EMA Young Performers Festival will take place June 13-18, 2011, in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival. As EMA celebrates its 25th anniversary, the organization recognizes that the future of early music rests in the hands of today’s young performers and the institutions that shape them, so students are the focus of EMA’s celebration in June. The Young Performers Festival will have two major components, including a select student Festival Ensemble and a week-long series of one-hour concerts by university-based early music ensembles.
The schedule has now been set for the week-long series of concerts by university-based early music ensembles (June 13-17). The concerts will take place at both First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St., Boston) and First Lutheran Church of Boston (299 Berkeley St., Boston). The concert schedule is as follows:
Monday June 13: First Church Sanctuary
10am University of Georgia Collegium Musicum, directed by Mitos Andaya. Of Convents and Courts: Early vocal and instrumental music by women composers (Cozzolani, Strozzi).
12:30pm Stony Brook Baroque Players, directed by Arthur Haas. Northern Comfort: Vocal and Instrumental Music from Northern European Capitals (Purcell, Handel, Bach)
3:30pm Harvard University Early Music Society, directed by Edward Jones. Mondonville, “Bacchus et Erigone,” from Les Fêtes de Paphos.
Tuesday June 14: First Church Sanctuary
10am CWRU/Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Orchestra, directed by Julie Andrijeski. A German Extravaganza (Biber, Bach, including the cantata Ich habe genug)
12:30pm McGill University Baroque Orchestra, directed by Hank Knox. Baroque Suites and Concertos (including Vivaldi C minor recorder concerto and Brandenburg 4)
3:30pm University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers, directed by Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks. Music at the Bavarian Court at the time of Agostino Steffani.
Wednesday June 15: First Church Chapel
10am Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, directed by Sarah Mead. Italian Wedding Soup (Vecchi, Lassus)
12:30pm Longy School of Music Collegium Musicum, directed by Laurie Monahan. English and Italian Music from the 17th Century (Dowland, Stradella)
3:30pm Peabody Conservatory ensembles, coached by Mark Cudek. La Chanson de la Rose (duo performing 17th-century lute songs) and Charm City Baroque (quartet performing Baroque trio sonatas).
Thursday June 16: First Church Chapel
12:30pm Case Western Reserve University Violin Band and Collegium Musicum, directed by Julie Andrjeski and Debra Nagy. Sundrie Musical Diversions (17th-century English music)
3:30pm Boston University chamber ensemble, coached by Martin Pearlman. Trio performing Baroque sonatas.
Friday June 17: First Lutheran Sanctuary
12:30pm Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, directed by David Breitman and Webb Wiggins. Bach and Telemann Cantatas (including Bach Cantata #106).
2:00pm ¡Sacabuche! from Indiana University directed by Linda Pearse. This concert will take place at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music (multimedia performance of music in 17th-century China).
3:30pm University of Southern California Collegium Musicum and Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, directed by Adam Gilbert. From Pastourelle to Pastorale (featuring Adam de la Halle’s Play of Robin and Marion, plus later works)
Saturday June 18: First Church Sanctuary
12:00pm EMA Festival Ensemble, directed by Scott Metcalfe. Ensemble of 34 students from all across North America, selected by a juried process. Gabrieli, Praetorius, and the Blossoming Baroque, ca. 1600.
The select Festival Ensemble will be comprised of 34 outstanding students—chosen through a juried process--from university/conservatory ensembles. These students, who hail from all over the US and Canada, will rehearse and perform together under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, director of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron. The concert will include an EMA-commissioned fanfare by Adam Knight Gilbert, Director of Early Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Mr. Gilbert’s short Monteverdi-style fanfare will be scored for the performers in the select Festival Ensemble. Click here to view the list of students chosen for the select Festival Ensemble.
Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. Individual and organizational members hail from all over the U.S. and Canada and from at least 16 other countries. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. For more information, see www.earlymusic.org.
EMA’s Young Performers Festival is being planned in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival, the largest early music festival in North America. For more information, see www.bemf.org.
Patrick Nugent, Director of Public Relations
(206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT
or Nikki Scandalios, Nikki Scandalios Public Relations
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