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Concerts 2017



Early Music in the Very Round

Launched in Brighton Library seventeen years ago, Early Music in the Very Round was the forerunner of the present-day Resonance Music Series. From early music, the original project gradually developed a multi-layered format that also features historic dance, period costumes and the ancient art of gesture. With its five one-hour concerts and unique Christmas Pageant, it is Melbourne's longest-established annual celebration of medieval, renaissance and baroque arts. Centres outside of Melbourne also benefit, with early music programs often repeated at Ballarat and Warragul.


Sunday 30 April

Medieval Magic
The Ballarat ensemble, Singers of the Black Book, are specialists in chant and song from 12-13th century Europe. The Early Music Consort is noted for programs with the hurdy gurdy, Arabian and Saracen lutes, the portative organ and other ancient instruments. And the Rippon Lea Dancers are Australia's only exponents of the dances of the period many reconstructed from ancient manuscripts. Assemble the three groups, put them into period costumes and you will have "Medieval Magic".
Venue:Trinity Uniting Church
15 Black Street
Brighton
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$15 per adult, $10 concession, under 18 years free
Bookings:Not required - Tickets at door
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Sunday 28 May

Duelling Strings
In a contest between violin and harpsichord, the latter appears to have the heavyweight advantage. But, perhaps, not so when the man with the bow is David Irving, one of Australia's foremost exponents of the baroque violin. David is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium and has performed with many leading early music ensembles here and abroad. His duelling partner will be David Macfarlane, an international organist/harpsichordist, who needs no introduction. J.S. Bach will be on the menu, along with a delightful parry past Schmelzer's "Cuckoo Sonata".
Venue:Trinity Uniting Church
15 Black Street
Brighton
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$15 per adult, $10 concession, under 18 years free
Bookings:Not required - Tickets at door
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Sunday 25 June

Music for the Winter Solstice
St Leonard's College in East Brighton has one of the few secondary school music departments to boast an Early Music Vocal Ensemble. Founded in 2015, under the direction of Judith Dodsworth, the group is comprised of students from Years 9 to 12 who aim to 'breathe new life into the music of past times'. Their presentation will include compositions by Thomas Morley, Claudio Monteverdi, Orlando di Lasso and Henry VIII - whose famous song Pastime with good companye will be a feature.
Venue:Trinity Uniting Church
15 Black Street
Brighton
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$15 per adult, $10 concession, under 18 years free
Bookings:Recommended via 03 9699 8417 or email marcusjhill@bigpond.com
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Sunday 30 July

Lyra Eterna
The key to the popularity of early music lies in the variety of sounds from program to program and within each program. But here is something different - one superb artist, one very fine instrument and one brilliant composer! We could imagine no-one better than acclaimed lutenist Andrew Byrne to lead us into this in-depth exploration of a golden era in Baroque music featuring works by Sylvius Leopold Weiss - among the greatest of all composers for the lute. Be prepared for a unique experience in music.
Venue:Trinity Uniting Church
15 Black Street
Brighton
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$15 per adult, $10 concession, under 18 years free
Bookings:Not required - Tickets at door
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Sunday 27 August

An Afternoon in the Renaissance
Take time off to enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe in the 16-17th centuries. The Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers will present complex choreographies from the royal courts, along with some more rustic samples from the countryside - including a suite of jolly branles. The Early Music Consort will accompany the dancers and also play major works by great composers of the era. Instruments will include wide-bore recorders, curtals, krummhorns, lute, fidel and the Queen Elizabeth virginal. All performers to wear period garments.
Venue:Trinity Uniting Church
15 Black Street
Brighton
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$15 per adult, $10 concession, under 18 years free
Bookings:Not required - Tickets at door
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Regional Renaissance

Sunday 23 April

Medieval Magic
The Ballarat ensemble, Singers of the Black Book, are specialists in chant and song from 12-13th century Europe. The Early Music Consort is noted for programs with the hurdy gurdy, Arabian and Saracen lutes, the portative organ and other ancient instruments. And the Rippon Lea Dancers are Australia's only exponents of the dances of the period many reconstructed from ancient manuscripts. Assemble the three groups, put them into period costumes and you will have "Medieval Magic".
Venue:Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$25, Concession and Gallery Members $20, Family $50
Bookings:Art Gallery of Ballarat Telephone 03 5320 5858 or book online from www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au
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Sunday 20 August

An Afternoon in the Renaissance
Take time off to enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe in the 16-17th centuries. The Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers will present complex choreographies from the royal courts, along with some more rustic samples from the countryside - including a suite of jolly branles. The Early Music Consort will accompany the dancers and also play major works by great composers of the era. Instruments will include wide-bore recorders, curtals, krummhorns, lute, fidel and the Queen Elizabeth virginal. All performers to wear period garments.
Venue:Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:$25, Concession and Gallery Members $20, Family $50
Bookings:Art Gallery of Ballarat Telephone 03 5320 5858 or book online from www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au
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Sunday 4 June

Duelling Strings
In a contest between violin and harpsichord, the latter appears to have the heavyweight advantage. But, perhaps, not so when the man with the bow is David Irving, one of Australia's foremost exponents of the baroque violin. David is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium and has performed with many leading early music ensembles here and abroad. His duelling partner will be David Macfarlane, an international organist/harpsichordist, who needs no introduction. J.S. Bach will be on the menu, along with a delightful parry past Schmelzer's "Cuckoo Sonata".
Venue:Wesley of Warragul
62 Victoria St
Warragul
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:Single concert $25, Students $10, Family $50
Pre-Ordered Season Tickets (two concerts) $40, Students $15, Family $75
Bookings:Early Arts Guild - Telephone 03 9699 8417 or email marcusjhill@bigpond.com
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Sunday 17 September

Chamber Music From A Golden Era
In the history of fine music, 1685 is a magical date because it was the year that gave us Johan Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. And it was a time that sparkled with other great composers, ranging from notables like Antonio Vivaldi (b 1678) to lesser-known figures such as Allesandro Marcello (b 1673). It is from this retinue that the Bayside Chamber Players will plan their Warragul presentation. The ensemble, featuring Claire Nicholson (flute) and Susan Battan (oboe), is composed of international performers all of whom are contributors to Bayside City Council's highly popular Resonance Music Series. Although the Players have performed widely, this will be their first Gippsland presentation.
Venue:Wesley of Warragul
62 Victoria St
Warragul
Time:2.15 pm (One-hour program)
Tickets:Single concert $25, Students $10, Family $50
Pre-Ordered Season Tickets (two concerts) $40, Students $15, Family $75
Bookings:Early Arts Guild - Telephone 03 9699 8417 or email marcusjhill@bigpond.com
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Christmas Pageant

Sunday 26 November

Shepherds Watched, Angels Sang
For seventeen years, the Early Arts Guild has presented an annual Christmas Pageant that has been unlike any Nativity celebration elsewhere in the nation. Each presentation is backed by lengthy research of ancient carols, poems, songs, dances and the writing of narrations. It has now been decided that future Pageants will be based on this past body of research. 'Shepherds Watched, Angels Sang' was originally presented in 2008. The Early Music Consort, Rippon Lea Dancers and associate artists will again be in period dress for this moving and joyful revival.
Venue:To be advised
Time:2.15 pm (Two-hour program, with interval)
Tickets:$20 per adult, under 18 years free
Bookings:Recommended via 03 9699 8417 or email marcusjhill@bigpond.com


Sunday 3 December

Shepherds Watched, Angels Sang
For seventeen years, the Early Arts Guild has presented an annual Christmas Pageant that has been unlike any Nativity celebration elsewhere in the nation. Each presentation is backed by lengthy research of ancient carols, poems, songs, dances and the writing of narrations. It has now been decided that future Pageants will be based on this past body of research. 'Shepherds Watched, Angels Sang' was originally presented in 2008. The Early Music Consort, Rippon Lea Dancers and associate artists will again be in period dress for this moving and joyful revival.
Venue:Brighton Town Hall
cnr Wilson & Carpenter Street
Brighton
Time:2.15 pm (Two-hour program, with interval)
Tickets:$20 per adult, under 18 years free
Bookings:Recommended via 03 9699 8417 or email marcusjhill@bigpond.com
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