EMA Presents "400 Years of Vespers" Conference and Exhibition in Berkeley, CA

8 Mar 2010 (SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America (EMA), the national service organization for the field of early music, will hold an early music conference June 10-12, 2010 in Berkeley, CA.  The conference, “400 Years of Vespers,” will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, a masterpiece which has sparked numerous performances across North America in 2010.  The conference, which will be part scholarly “academy” and part participatory workshop, will provide an opportunity for scholars, teachers, professional and amateur performers, and early music enthusiasts to interact with and learn from each other in an informal setting.

Featured speakers will include William Mahrt and Herbert Myers (professors at Stanford University), Alejandro Planchart (University of California at Santa Barbara), Rebecca Baltzer (University of Texas), and Clifford Bartlett (noted English editor and publisher, whose edition of the Monteverdi Vespers is widely used).  Susan Hellauer and Marsha Genensky of Anonymous 4 will offer one of their popular “Chant Camps” on the “Vespers of 1210” (chant roots of the Monteverdi Vespers).  Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken (wind specialists with Piffaro), Margriet Tindemans (vielle and viol specialist), Sarah Mead (viol specialist and director of the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble) will lead instrumental workshop sessions.  Directors Gwendolyn Toth (ARTEK), Jeffrey Thomas (America Bach Soloists) and Warren Stewart (Magnificat), all of whom have produced professional performances of the Monteverdi Vespers in 2010, will lead workshop sessions and participate in a panel discussion about performance choices in the Monteverdi Vespers. Main conference venues include the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., in Berkeley, and the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.

EMA will also sponsor a vendor’s Exhibition June 10-12 at the First Congregational Church, featuring displays of period instrument makers, music publishers, service and educational organizations.  Admission to the Exhibition is free and open to the public.

The conference and Exhibition are funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The conference and Exhibition are concurrent with the Berkeley Festival, a series of concerts and other events, presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society in association with Early Music America, Cal Performances, Magnificat, AVE, and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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Contact:  Maria Coldwell, Executive Director

About Early Music America
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.