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Early Music Workshops

Toronto Early Music Centre Vocal Circle

The Toronto Early Music Centre Vocal Circle is a recreational,
non-performing reading group. Over the course of the season,
stress-free, musically-friendly sessions are led by early music specialists such as Frank Nakashima, David Fallis, Paul Jenkins and Gary Fisher. All are welcome. The Vocal Circle is held on the last Monday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., from September to June (please note that there is no meeting in December). Admission to this circle is free to Toronto Early Music Centre members, or $5.00 to non-members.

Sun Nov 16 at 2:30 Intro to 18th Century Spanish Dance

An Introduction to Music and Dance from 18th-Century Spain

Spanish harpsichordist Luisa Morales and dancer Cristobal Salvador present a lecture-demonstration exploring the origins of the bolero, fandango and other traditional Spanish dance forms, and the influence of these dances on contemporary musical works. Examples from keyboard music by Scarlatti, Soler, Moretti and others will be discussed and performed. Join us for a horizon-broadening glimpse into the background of this special and appealing repertoire, given by internationally renowned specialists in early Spanish dance and music! This event is presented in collaboration with Baroque Music Beside the Grange and Accion Cultural Espanola. ST DAVID'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 49 Donlands Ave, across from Donlands subway station, just N of Danforth.

Please note: This LECTURE/WORKSHOP event is not to be confused with the complete concert by Luisa Morales and Cristobal Salvador, with flutist Alison Melville, on Saturday November 15 at 8:00 pm, at Bloor St United Church.

Spanish harpsichordist Luisa Morales is internationally recognized as one of the world's outstanding performers of 18th-century Spanish keyboard music. Ms. Morales has performed around the world at venues and festivals including Harmoniques, Lausanne; St. Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh; the National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD, USA; American Instrument Society; 'Goya's Encounters, 'UCLA; the Ballarat Festival, Victoria, Australia; Utrecht's Festivaal Oude Muziek; FIMTE, Almeria, Spain; and in Toronto, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Chili, Mexico, Rabat, Tangiers, etc. She can be heard on two recordings of harpsichord music: Musica Sorprendente, the first-ever recording of unknown 18th-century music from a Spanish Benedictine convent; and Scarlatti and Soler in London, recorded at the USA's National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD. Also respected as a scholar, she is the founder of FIMTE (International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music), has published numerous books and papers in various innovative fields of research, and regularly gives lectures and courses on topics covering different aspects of Spanish music and dance in Barcelona and as a guest in Australia, Europe, and North and South America. In 2006 she organized the first Global Scarlatti Marathon, and in 2010 she was also the organizer of the international online tribute C@BEZON500, a joint effort by musicians, music students and record labels to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the famous 16th-century Spanish keyboardist Antonio de Cabezon.

Cristobal Salvador has toured extensively with his dance ensemble, Coros y Danzas Virgen del Río de Huercal Overa, participating in the most important folklore dance festivals across Europe. He has given courses on Andalusian folklore, bolero dance and castanets at the dance schools of Murcia, Burgos, Almería, and notably at the FIMTE courses in Barcelona and Almeria, the Shrine to Music Museum (USA), the Oaxaca Organs Festival (Mexico) and the Billingham Festival (UK). In collaboration with harpsichordist Luisa Morales he has performed in Edinburgh, Los Angeles and Vermillion (USA), Ballarat, Madrid, Almería, Mexico, Rabat and Tangiers. Mr. Salvador is a member of the governing committee of the Spanish Federation of Folklore (FEAF), and the Deputy in Andalusia of the Spanish National Federation of Folklore (FEAF). He received his certification as a "Maestro de bolero" in Murcia, Spain.

TEMPO

The Toronto Early Music Players' Organization whose members play recorders, viols, flutes and other early instruments. TEMPO sponsors workshops that are typically held the first Sunday of each month, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Armour Heights Community Centre (2140 Avenue Rd. at Wilson Ave. Nearest subway, York Mills Station.). For full information, please visit the TEMPO website.

CAMMAC Readings

The Toronto area chapter of Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens Amateurs du Canada occasionally sponsors early music-related reading sessions at which participants typically rehearse a given work, and then perform it for each other. CAMMAC also offers a summer early music workshop. Please check the CAMMAC website for more info.