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Early Music Concert Series Round-up

A sneak-preview of prominent early music concert series for the 2010-2011 season.

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

Fretwork viol consort.

The 2010-2011 concert season is once again upon early music lovers in the United States. And if you happen to live in or within driving distance of New York City, Boston, Houston, Milwaukee, San Francisco, or Seattle, then you’ll want to know about the performers coming to a series near you.

Boston Early Music Festival

The renowned series offer an international line-up of ensembles for their Boston series—Stile Antico, Symphonie des Dragons, Il Giardino Armonico, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Tallis Scholars.

In addition, Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” is on the schedule.

Early Music Guild of Seattle

The Guild’s International Series will present cellist Jaap ter Linden, viola da gambist Paolo Pandolfo and theorbist Thomas Boysen, and Anonymous 4, as well as local/regional artists—Stephen Stubbs will direct Pacific Musicworks, Concerto Palatino, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610; Monica Huggett leads the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Capella Romana, and Les Voix Baroques in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion.

Early Music Now

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series offers varied programs with American and Euorpean groups—The Rose Ensemble, Fretwork, Lionheart, Sinfonia New York, Flanders Recorder Quartet, and Plaine & Easie (winner of the 2009 Early Music America Medieval And Renaissance Competition).

Houston Early Music

Although more modest in number, the series continues to present world-class performers—Jordi Savall, Ciaramella, Trio Sonnerie, and the Flanders Recorder Quartet.

Music Before 1800

The New York City-based series offers music from the middle ages through the baroque (and world music)—Paul O’Dette, Diabolus in Musica, Apollo’s Fire, Blue Heron, Choir of Corpus Christi Church, Juilliard Baroque, Pomerium, and Constantinople.

San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS)

SFEMS continues with a a mix of established local and internationally-acclaimed performers—Hargis/O’Dette Duo, Musica Pacifica with Dominique Labelle, cellisy Tanya Tomkins, Ciaramella, Voices of Music, Hallifax & Jeffrey, Wieland Kuijken and Friends, and Hopkinson Smith.

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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