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The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra came to Hamilton for an unforgettable performance of some of their core repertoire last Wednesday night. If you weren't one of the lucky ticket-holders for this event, don't worry- they will be back!
The ministry and volunteers at the Rock on Locke, the Hammer Baroque volunteers, and Venue Director Steve McKay helped everything run smoothly, even when the church was filled to capacity. And the orchestra, of course, played beautifully. Under the direction of guest soloist Catherine Manson of the London Haydn Quartet, we heard the music of Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann played with the precision and conviction that has made Tafelmusik an ensemble of international renown. We wish them all the best on their future Ontario tour dates, and thank them sincerely for making Hammer Baroque a part of their touring season.
Here are two excerpts from Capella Intima`s recent programme of madrigals, presented in 2015:
Thomas Tallis' "If ye love me" John Farmer's "Fair Phyllis"
Many thanks to HAMMER BAROQUE patrons for making the Tafelmusik concert such a great success! The Globe and Mail`s Robert Harris called this programme ``phenominally inspired`` music-making, and judging by the reaction on May 25th, Hamilton audiences heartily agreed! Tafelmusik has our deepest gratitude for sharing this beautiful programme.
The 2016-17 season at HAMMER BAROQUE kicks off with a return visit from the Eybler String Quartet, Saturday, September 3rd, 4pm, with a twist- this concert takes place in the new arts space at the Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Street North. Comfortable seating, easy parking, and wonderful acoustics for Beethoven are just a few reasons to check out this major hub of the Hamilton arts renaissance!
The workspace at the Cotton Factory is a beautiful venue for an afternoon of chamber music. Doors open at 3:30 for those who want to claim the cozy chairs!
The remaining months of 2016 are full of excellent concerts, presented by some of Canada`s finest artists in historically-informed performance.
Saturday, September 3rd: The Eybler Quartet returns, with a programme of Beethoven and Vanhal. See details below! (Note that this concert takes place at the Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman St. North)
Saturday, October 1st: This event is not strictly a Hammer Baroque concert, but it does feature the resident ensemble Capella Intima, performing a short CD release concert of selections from their new recording of sacred canzonettas on the Musica Omnia label. you can hear selections from the recording session here.
Saturday, October 8th: The return of Alison Melville, leading the ACTA recorder quartet, featuring the music of Boismortier, J.S. Bach, and Mozart.
Sunday, November 13th, 4pm: A very special event- The Toronto Consort presents ``The Italian Queen of France: The musical legacy of Catherine de Medici``. This performance comes to Hammer Baroque through the generous sponsorship of Michael and Catherine Clase.
Saturday, December 3rd: The voices and instruments of Ensemble Alloro and the Rezonance Ensemble (Montreal and Toronto) present a beautiful musical journey from Advent to Christmas entitled ``Stella di Natale``, featuring Baroque favourites and traditional carols.
CULTURE DAYS AT THE ROCK ON LOCKE! Saturday, October 1st, Hammer Baroque joins with the Rock on Locke in presenting three Hamilton ensembles in Open Rehearsals and mini-concerts.
3pm-4pm - The Bach Elgar Choir in Open Rehearsal with Artistic Director Alexander Cann. www.BachElgar.com 4pm-5pm - Capella Intima, the ensemble-in-residence at Hammer Baroque, launches their debut CD on the Musica Omnia label!
HAMMER BAROQUE Artistic Director Bud Roach spoke with Alison Melville at length recently, about her career in early music, and her life-long devotion to the recorder and historical flutes.
The Toronto Consort makes a rare Hamilton appearance this Sunday, 4pm, at the Rock on Locke, made possible by the generosity of Michael and Catherine Clase.
The Consort`s Artistic Director, David Fallis, spoke candidly about the programme, and his career in early (and new) music.
Ensemble Alloro and the Rezonance Baroque Ensemble present Stella di Natale, Saturday, December 3rd, 4pm, at the Rock on Locke.
The December issue of The Wholenote magazine raves: ``Flawless intonation, excellent diction and infectious enthusiasm (including strummed guitar) mark the group as a major contributor to the Baroque music scene``.
You can hear Capella Intima in concert with lutenist Magdalena Tomsinska in a programme of English and Italian madrigals from the Italian and English Renaissance, Saturday, February 18th, 4pm, at the Rock on Locke!
Hammer Baroque`s resident ensemble, Capella Intima, has released their debut CD on the Boston-based Musica Omnia label.
Exciting times at Hammer Baroque this Spring! Special thanks to the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for presenting a memorable concert on March 29th, including a free school concert for over 500 students in the afternoon!
Our next concert is on Easter Monday, 4pm, in the intimate auditorium of Melrose United Church. Help yourself to coffee, tea, and a few cookies made by Hammer Baroque volunteers, and enjoy a very special salon concert. This recital marks the debut of a new Italian portative organ made by Joel VanderZee-- quite possible the only instrument of its kind in Canada. Hamilton native Amanda Keesmaat is joined by her Montreal colleague Gregoire Jeay (both in Toronto performing with Opera Atelier this month), joined by Hammer Baroque and Capella Intima Artistic Director Bud Roach.
Cozy seats, comfort food, and lovely music: a wonderful way to conclude you Easter weekend!
Next concert: Saturday, May 20th, 4pm, at the Rock on Locke: The Windermere String Quartet performs Mozart and Schubert on period instruments. More info coming soon!