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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 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
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 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
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
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Christmas Pageant

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
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
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