Previous events

May27

Diapente - Strozz -ulana

Diapente Renaissance Quintet presents the third concert of their 23/24 season, featuring the music of Maddalena Casulana - the first woman to ever have her music published - and of the incomparable Barbara Strozzi.

May11

St. James Cathedral choir & Orchestra presents

Haydn: Nelson Mass & Te Deum with choral music by Mozart, Wesley & others.

Invite your family and friends! General tickets: $30

Director of Music: Thomas Bell Soprano: Ineza Mugisha Mezzo: Christina Stelmacovich Tenor: Charles Davidson Baritone: Jorell Williams

For many of us, the three composers who dominate the Classical period in music history are Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. However, their music overshadows the fascinating music and lives of some of their less well-known contemporaries.

On Saturday, May 11th at 7.30 p.m. the Choir of St. James Cathedral performs the much-loved Nelson Mass and Te Deum of Haydn and Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Laudate Dominum, setting these works beside the music of their friends and colleagues William Herschel, Marianna Martines, and Samuel Wesley.

The latter years of the eighteenth century were marked by both incessant warfare and a spirit of intellectual curiosity. Haydn’s magnificent Nelson Mass and his celebratory Te Deum were both written at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Both works employ the military instruments of the orchestra – the trumpets and drums – with arresting results, ensuring the lasting popularity of this music. Less well-known, however is the music of William Herschel, a German-British astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and pioneered the use of larger telescopes, among his many achievements. He was also an accomplished organist, oboist and composer leaving a large body of attractive music. Of the other composers featured in the programme, Marianna Martines was an outstanding singer and pianist, a friend of both Haydn and Mozart. We sing her setting of Dixit Dominus.

The orchestra plays Samuel Wesley’s Sinfonia Concertante, a charming symphony which never fails to delight.

$30

Apr4

Villanella, is a form of light Italian secular vocal music which originated in Italy just before the middle of the 16th century. It first appeared in Naples, and influenced the later canzonetta, and from there also influenced the madrigal.

The subject matter is generally rustic, comic, and often satirical; frequently the mannerisms of art music, such as the madrigal, are a subject of parody. The villanelle became one of the most popular forms of song in Italy around mid-century.

Mar3

Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb Purcell - Comes Ye Sons of Art

Theatre of Early Music in collaboration with Historical Performance at the University of Toronto is proud to present this program that will honour the life, artistry and impact made by legendary countertenor James Bowman (1941-2023) One of the most important figures in 20th century classical music, Bowman ushered in the Early Music revival.

Dame Emma Kirkby, Charles Daniels and Joel Allison will help us celebrate this great artist!

Daniel Taylor directs the Schola Cantorum with the Musicians of the Theatre of Early Music

Free Admission: Donations will be dedicated to the Historical Performance and Scholarship Fund.

Diapente Renaissance Vocal Quintet is excited to share our first program of the 2024 season with you, "Rossi of Mantua: The Songs of Salamone". The program will feature sacred and secular songs from the Italian-Jewish composer Salamone Rossi, as well as his contemporaries at the Mantuan Court: Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi. At the turn of the 17th century, Mantua was a hot spot for musical innovation, Salamone Rossi is one such innovator. His works include the first known publication of works in the Trio Sonata form, as well as the first published book of Hebrew liturgical music in the Italian Renaissance style, amongst other things. Between his globetrotting opera-singer sister Madame Europa, European pop-music sensation Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi, and avant-garde iconoclast Claudio Monteverdi, there was a lot of musical goings-on in the Lombardian Duchy! Tickets are "pay what you are able" with a suggested price of $30/$20.

Feb2

The Kingston Baroque Consort (KBC) presents “The Enchanted Garden: Music and Words inspired by Nature” featuring music to give spring an early welcome on Groundhog Day, Friday 2 February at 5:15pm at St James Church (10 Union St, Kingston). The concert features soloists Jonathan Stuchbery (https://www.jonathanstuchbery.com/) on Theorbo and Holly Gwynne-Timothy (https://www.melos-earlymusic.org/artistic-director-holly...) performing part of Telemann's "Canary Cantata". Tickets cost $25 (adults) and $10 (students), and free for under 17. Tickets are available by emailing legerek@queensu.ca, calling 613-217-5099, in person at Novel Idea (156 Princess St), or at the door with cash, cheque, or interac e-transfer.