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Sub Rosa - With Cor Unum Ensemble, and Sub Rosa Ensemble

Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto

Sub rosa

Collaboration with Sub Rosa Ensemble

Saturday Jan 26 2019 7:30pm Sunday Jan 27 2019 7:30pm Trinity College Chapel

Tickets available online $20 regular, $10 students & arts workers

This concert is the first collaboration between Cor Unum Ensemble and Sub Rosa Ensemble. By combining women’s voices from Sub Rosa with strings, continuo, and men’s voices from Cor Unum, we’ll explore 16th- and 17th-century repertoire written for and by nuns - often the most highly trained and renowned musicians in their city, and yet never spoken about in music history classes. Convent polyphony was common, but controversial on account of its sensuality, and only a few nuns dared to publish music for instruments. Nevertheless these women often used their popularity, and the secrecy of the screens behind which they performed, to break the rules - sometimes even singing with men. We are delighted to share this unusual and beguiling repertoire which treads the uneasy boundary between sacred and secular beauty.

Sub Rosa Ensemble is dedicated to the long-neglected repertoire composed by women of the 16th and 17th centuries, especially the surviving work of cloistered nuns. These nuns used singing and composition to communicate their identity and their devotion beyond the convent walls, developing their social and financial independence. The power of their music caused them to become both controversial and alluring to the outside world - in fact it was illegal in many Italian cities. We explore the challenges of equal-voice polyphony and aim to shed light on the important (though often invisible) role played by women in music history. Our name is tied to the traditional reference to secret meetings as 'under the rose,' not unlike the secluded music of these women whose lives remain largely inaccessible to scholarship

Sub Rosa - With Cor Unum Ensemble, and Sub Rosa Ensemble

Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto

Sub rosa

Collaboration with Sub Rosa Ensemble

Saturday Jan 26 2019 7:30pm Sunday Jan 27 2019 7:30pm Trinity College Chapel

Tickets available online $20 regular, $10 students & arts workers

This concert is the first collaboration between Cor Unum Ensemble and Sub Rosa Ensemble. By combining women’s voices from Sub Rosa with strings, continuo, and men’s voices from Cor Unum, we’ll explore 16th- and 17th-century repertoire written for and by nuns - often the most highly trained and renowned musicians in their city, and yet never spoken about in music history classes. Convent polyphony was common, but controversial on account of its sensuality, and only a few nuns dared to publish music for instruments. Nevertheless these women often used their popularity, and the secrecy of the screens behind which they performed, to break the rules - sometimes even singing with men. We are delighted to share this unusual and beguiling repertoire which treads the uneasy boundary between sacred and secular beauty.

Sub Rosa Ensemble is dedicated to the long-neglected repertoire composed by women of the 16th and 17th centuries, especially the surviving work of cloistered nuns. These nuns used singing and composition to communicate their identity and their devotion beyond the convent walls, developing their social and financial independence. The power of their music caused them to become both controversial and alluring to the outside world - in fact it was illegal in many Italian cities. We explore the challenges of equal-voice polyphony and aim to shed light on the important (though often invisible) role played by women in music history. Our name is tied to the traditional reference to secret meetings as 'under the rose,' not unlike the secluded music of these women whose lives remain largely inaccessible to scholarship

Dec14

The Cygnus Trio 'Amalgam' Album Launch

Montréal Diocesonal Theological College, 3473 Rue University, Montréal

Join the Cygnus Trio as we celebrate the release of their debut album 'Amalgam'. The album feature exclusively music written and arranged for the trio by composers, Anita Perry, Jonathan Stuchbery, Patrick Walker, Arie Verheul van de Ven, Karalyn Schubring, and Charles Zoll. Enjoy a drink at this 5 à 7 set style event, and pick up your physical copy of 'Amalgam'. All are welcome.

Apt. 6 MTL - Mic the Ledge

Apt. 6, 2030 Rue Chomeday Apt. 6, Montreal

Apartment 6 is a space that is used to create the most raw and beautiful form of art. It's a place where musicians, film-makers, and artists of every medium can come together and create something great; something bigger than themselves. Or to simply come and enjoy the experience. MTL: Mic the Ledge is a bi-weekly concert series that focuses on featuring local artists and their talents. Every concert is live streamed as well as recorded and posted to the youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqirsshuo9QyuI2SFGiHVdA

PWYC (pay what you can)

Nov2

David Briggs Requiem

The Cathedral Church of St. James, 106 King St E, Toronto

https://www.facebook.com/events/2116889171895190/

David Briggs returns to St. James for a special concert of exquisite, French-inspired harmonies; music that asks the timeless questions about life, death, and mortality. Step into a reflective atmosphere for this Remembrancetide concert for small ensemble, organist David Briggs, and the Choir of St. James Cathedral.

David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. He was Artist-in-Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto and is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City.

Uniquely within the city of Toronto, the fully professional 18-voice Choir of St. James Cathedral sings as part of the Anglican worship at Eucharist (11:00am), and Evensong (4:30pm) each Sunday to an internationally high standard. Its repertoire spans eight centuries, and provides a balanced diet of choral delights to congregations young and old, non-Christians and Christians, and those whose ears hold an insatiable curiosity for music.

Aug26

From Venice to Versailles

St Phillip's Rectory, Etobicoke, ON

As part of the Rectory Recital Series, Jonathan Stuchbery (theorbo) and Mikayla Jensen-Large (soprano) perform vocal music from seventeenth-century Italy and France.

The Cygnus Trio: Lost Islands

Christ Church Anglican, 30 Church st, Gananoque, ON

Lost Islands The last performance on the Cygnus Trio's summer 2018 tour.

Admission, $15 at the door

A reflection on personal geography and memory

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.

The Cygnus Trio: Lost Islands

Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive, Ottawa

Lost Islands

Admission, $15 at the door

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.

The Cygnus Trio: Lost Islands

L'Epicerie Moderne, 5854 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal

Lost Islands The first stop on our summer 2018 tour. Recommended donation $15

A reflection on personal geography and memory

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.

The Cygnus Trio: Lost Islands

Church of the Epiphany, 85 Larch St, Sudbury, ON

This concert is presented by the Cygnus Trio, with honorary sponsor, the Music department of Laurentian University.

Admission, $15 at the door

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever. The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with literary reflections by W. B. Yeats, Jane Urquhart and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.

Montreal OFF! Festival Baroque

La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint Laurent, Montreal

OFFicial invitation to a baroque music night, completely over the top! ꧂

Surfing the wave of Festival Montreal Baroque to present what the youth is doing, in a festive context, full of freedom.

The program was put together by 17 students; 16 from McGill’s Early Music department, and one from l’UDM.

❥ Pleasure and theatricality to be expected!

♛ Admission ♛

10$ étudiants/students 15$ réguliers/regular

♔ Musiciens/Musicians ♔

Alto baroque/ baroque viola:

Isabelle Douailly-Backman Tatianna Friesen

Archilute, théorbe, guitar baroque:

Antony Harvey Jonathan Stutchbery

Clavecins-harpsichord:

Justin Luchinsky Sébastien Mitra

Flûtes à bec-Recorders:

Jérémie De Pierre Élyse Lamanque-Girard

Haut-bois Baroque:

Floris Tijmen Van Vugt

Trompettes Baroque:

Duncan Campbell Christopher Price

Violes de gambes:

Tristan Best Ryan Gallager

Violons Baroques:

Isabelle Douailly-Backman Marie Nadeau-Tremblay Élise Paradis

Violoncelle Baroque:

Ryan Gallager

Voix:

Gabrielle Cloutier, Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Dufrenes, Soprano

May6

Melos Choir and Period Instruments - Sound Ground - Chaconnes and Ostinato Basslines

St George's Cathedral, 270 King st E, Kingston, ON

Be wow’ed, soothed and uplifted by a myriad of compositions, 16th-18th century with ostinato basslines. Choral, solo and instrumental works by Bach, Lully, Monteverdi, Rossi and more.

Apr30

And then there were Lutes: Jonathan's McGill lute recital

Redpath Hall, 3459 McTavish St, Montreal

For my Early music major recital I will be presenting Spanish, Italian, and French music for the baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo! Joining me for this recital will be soprano Mikayla Jensen-Large.

Redpath Hall

Program

D minor suite - Santiago de Murcia I. Prelude II. Allegro III. Allegro IV. Grave V. Allegro

Codice san Saldivar - S. de Murcia I. Otros canarios por la A II. Cumbees

Sonata 7 - Giovanni Zamboni I. Allemanda II. Giga III. Sarabanda Largo IV. Fuga

G major suite - Robert de Visée I. Prélude II. Chaconne III. Muzette en Rondeau

Ma bergère tendre et fidèle - Michel Lambert Vos mépris chaque jour - Michel Lambert

Free admission!

Apr26

Royal Winter Music - Classical Guitar Recital

Pollack Hall, 555 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal

April 26th, Jonathan Stuchbery presents a program of music from the 20th and 21st century, including Hans Werner Henze's monolithic First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters. Joining him on stage with be the Cygnus trio to perform two works recently composed for them: Amalgam by Charles Zoll and the Canadian premiere of Trio for four instruments by Patrick Walker. This recital marks the graduation of Jonathan from the Schulich School of Music. Free admission.

Mar30

Lute Recital

A program of solo music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo, visiting the music from Spain, Italy and France. Joining Jonathan on stage is Mikayla Jensen-Large to perform several airs de cours français. Location TBA Free admission