Pallade Musica, Early Music America, Baroque Performance Competition, The Sebastians
Pallade Musica brings together four of Montreal's most promising early music performers, who have played together in past seasons in groups such as Ensemble Caprice, Arion, Proemio, and the Montreal Baroque Festival before launching their own Montreal series at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. This season the group will also perform Monteverdi madrigals with Viva Voce and soprano Shannon Mercer. Pallade Musica seeks to explore the repertoire for violin, cello, and continuo using the cello, theorbo, and harpsichord as instruments in a contrapuntal role, allowing for a diverse sound palette of various textures and colors. The members of Pallade Musica have diverse backgrounds, coming from Quebec, the USA, and Colombia, and have studied at McGill, ESMuC Barcelona, Civica Scuola di Milano, Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and the Juilliard School.
About The Sebastians: Daniel S. Lee, violin • Alexander Woods, violin • Ezra Seltzer, cello • Avi Stein, harpsichord
The Sebastians specialize in music of the Baroque and Classical eras and newly commissioned works for period instruments. They were finalists in the 2011 York International Early Music Competition and the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. For the tricentennial of the publication of Antonio Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico, The Sebastians commissioned composer Robert Honstein to write a companion suite, which they premiered alongside Vivaldi's work in December 2011. In the 2011-2012 season they presented a series of thematic concerts as artists-in-residence at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT. They were recently named the resident ensemble at All Angels' Church in New York City. They have participated in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with L'Arpeggiata and performed at Music Matters at LaGrua Center in Stonington, CT; Friends of Music at Pequot Library in Southport, CT; Juilliard in Aiken in Aiken, SC; and in the Twelfth Night Festival and Concerts@One at Trinity Wall Street in New York City.
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. "Early music" includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.
Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc. (GEMS) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2007 by a small group of leading figures in New York musical circles to serve and promote New York's early music community. Its mission is to enhance the quality and financial stability of participating artists and organizations by providing administrative, marketing, financial, and other support services to professional and amateur performing groups, institutions, presenters, and other organizations interested in early music; securing paid touring engagements throughout North America for New York-based early music artists; increasing audience size and diversity by enhanced publicity and access to early music events; and educating the public and the media about early music. www.gemsny.org
Photo Credit: Alexandra LaPerrière