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  • 4 Spring 2006 Early Music America

    Grants, Awards, & Competitions Ensemble Caprice has

    been nominated for the Con- seil Québécois de la Mus- ique’s Prix Opus award in three different categories, including best early music concert and best early music CD (Mit Freude: Cantatas and Instrumental Music by Telemann, with Monika Mauch and Mar- ion Verbruggen, ATMA Clas- sique). The ensemble’s latest recording – featuring the music of Fux, Caldera, and Badia – will be released by ATMA in 2006.

    Early music figured promi- nently in the Grammy Award nominations in 2006. Christo- pher Alder (Bach: Cantatas with Thomas Quasthoff and the Berliner Barock Solisten and Lamento with Magdalena Kozená and Musica Antiqua Köln under Reinhard Goebel) and Thomas C. Moore (Mozart: Flute Concertos; Sym- phony No. 41 with Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque) were both nominat- ed as classical producer of the year. In the category of best opera recording, another pair

    of early music nominees got a nod: the Boston Early Music Festival production of Con- radi’s Ariadne, conducted by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Fabio Biondi conducting Europa Galante. Thomas Quasthoff (for Bach: Cantatas) and Cecilia Bartoli and Les

    Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Min- kowski (Opera Proibita)

    will compete for best classical vocal performance, while the Tiffany Consort, Nicholas White, conductor, hoped to take home a prize in the best small ensemble performance category for O Magnum Mys- terium.

    Toronto-based violinist Timothy Haig took first prize and the special audience prize at the 10th annu- al Premio Bonporti Interna-

    tional Baroque Competition in Rovereto, Italy. The prize was established in 1996 to honor Trentino composer Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672-1749). Haig is the first solo artist to win first prize: 3,000 euros plus performanc- es in Italy and Europe.

    The Sarasa Ensemble received a $20,000 grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation, for the third year in a row, for its outreach concerts and resi- dencies in teenage lock up facilities in the Greater Boston area. Sarasa is also coming out with a new CD of Bach Cantatas with soloists Dominique Labelle and San- ford Sylvan.

    Announcements Apollo’s Fire, The Cleve-

    land Baroque Orchestra, has appointed Christina Thoburn as its executive director. Before assuming her new position, Thoburn was associ- ate director for planned and major gifts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    Scientists at the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago have compiled what they say is conclusive evidence that Ludwig van Beethoven died of lead poi- soning. They did so using a powerful X-ray beam on six of Beethoven’s hairs and a few pieces of his skull. More information is available at

    The International Wind Music History Conference, a joint undertaking of the His- toric Brass Society and the International Society for the Investigation and Preserva- tion of Wind Music, will be held in Northfield, MN, in late July 2006. The conference will be accompanied by a Vin- tage Band Festival.

    The New York State Early

    Music Association is dedicat- ing its 2005-2006 season to retiring board officers and executive co-directors Peter and Elizabeth Hedrick. The Hedricks helped to found the organization and spent over 20 years serving it. The asso- ciation is now seeking to acquire funding to hire an administrator to continue the Hedricks’ work.

    Celebrating the Season This holiday season,

    WKCR-FM presented Bach- Fest 2005: a round-the-clock 10-day celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. From 9:30 AM on Dec. 22 until 2:00 AM on Jan. 1, the New York radio station broadcast Bach’s choral, orchestral, chamber, and key- board music in a wide variety of recordings. The festival also featured interviews with leading Bach scholars and performers.

    Boston Baroque celebrat- ed the flipping of the calen- dar year with champagne and Gala New Year’s Eve and First Day concerts. The pro- gram included Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and music by Marcello and Handel, with Sharon Baker (soprano), Marc Schachman (oboe), and Peter Sykes (organ) as featured artists.

    For the past 18 years, Coro Hispano de San Francisco has celebrated the winter holidays in January by presenting music composed expressly for the Epiphany and the other 12 days of Christmas. This year, Juan Pedro Gaffney directed the ensemble and the voices and instruments of Conjunto Nuevo Mondo in music by Francisco Guerrero, Juan Gutierrez, Roque Ceruti,

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    San FranciscoSan Francisco

    Renaissance Voices Todd Jolly, Music Director

    “The Polyphony Project - 2006” “The Polyphony Project - 2006” (The Early Franco-Flemish School)

    CANDLEMAS (featuring Isaac’s Missa Virgo Prudentissima)

    February 25, 2006 – 7.30 PM

    FEAST FOR St. JACOBUS (featuring Dufay’s Missa L’homme arme)

    July 29, 2006 – 7:30 PM

    OFFICE OF THE DEAD (Our traditional Halloween concert

    featuring Ockeghem’s Requiem)

    October 28, 2006 – 7:30 PM

    All concerts are at

    Seventh Avenue Performances

    1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco 94122

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    Berkeley Festival 2006 The 9th biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, (June 4- 11) will celebrate the notion that “Early Music Is Popular Music” with performances of a Baroque Carnival by Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque and Le Poème Har- monique. Other groups performing during the Festival include Chanticleer (“La Guerre: Triumph & Tragedy”), Asteria (“A Rose of Such Virtue”), The King’s Noyse and the Whole Noyse (“Ornament and Splendor: Highlights of German Music in the 17th Century”), the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players (“Viva Vivaldi – Concerti by Candlelight”), Musica Pacifica (“A Venetian Carnival”), and Skip Sempé’s Capriccio Stravagante Trio (“The Itiner- ant Virtuosi”). Early Music America will stage a conference on the subject “The Early Music Entrepreneur” and man- age the Berkeley Festival Exhibition. A full array of fringe concerts will be organized by the San Francisco Early Music Society, and the American Recorder Society will sponsor events related to the recorder. American Bach Soloists will hold its fourth biennial Young Artists Compe- tition, now named the American Bach Soloists & Henry I. Goldberg International Young Artists Competition, in memory of Dr. Henry I. Goldberg, who served as board president from 2002 to 2005. In addition, the first prize will be named in honor of Laurette Goldberg (1932-2005), a leading force in the Bay Area’s early music community for many years. In fact, the entire Festival is dedicated to the memory of Ms. Goldberg, one of the founders of the Festival. The full schedule is at

    Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque and Le Poème Harmonique will perform a Baroque Carnival at the Festival.

    While on tour in December, the Baltimore Consort spread holiday cheer throughout Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

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    The Early Music Guild of Seattle marked the winter holidays with a presentation of the Medieval Norwegian vision song Draumkvedet, a work that recounts a dream journey through Heaven and Hell taken by Olav Åsteson as he sleeps for 13 days from Christmas Eve until Epiphany. The theatrical per- formance featured narration in English based on transla- tions from the Norwegian, digitally projected imagery, and vocal and instrumental music all under the direction of Nancy Quensé (narration, vocals), Beth Kollé (harp, vocals), and Katherine Han- son.

    Early Music Vancouver marked the season with “The Bach Cantata Project: Festive Bach Cantatas for Christ- mas.” Marc Destrubé direct- ed soprano Suzie LeBlanc, alto Elizabeth Shammash, tenor Colin Balzer, and bari- tone Sumner Thompson along with the Early Music Vancouver Bach Cantata Project Players.

    Two holiday events spot- lighted music for soprano

    and Baroque trumpet. In Ottawa, La Favoritte’s “Rejoice! Christmas Cantatas with Baroque Trumpet,” fea- tured Lise Maisonneuve, soprano, and Josh Cohen, Baroque trumpet. Music at Morris-Jumel Mansion in