EMA Publishes Winter 2010 Silver Anniversary issue of Early Music America magazine

24 Nov 2010 (SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America has published the Winter 2010 Silver Anniversary issue of its quarterly publication, Early Music America magazine.


Remembering the Birth of EMA: 25 AND COUNTING
Ben Peck, the founder of Early Music America, traces the roots of the organization, discusses its early days and ponders its future.

Excerpt: “In the 25 years since the founding of Early Music America, we have indeed accomplished a lot and discovered many, new wonderful things – music, techniques, instruments, repertories, and styles of playing. The trick now is to keep going in those same directions. All the enthusiasm, dedication, and passion of those early years needs constant refreshing, and herein may lie the biggest challenge of all.”

Early Music Leaders Reflect on a GENERATION OF CHANGE
Early Music America asked a group of established artists and administrators to assess the last 25 years and predict the future. Featured contributors include Jeanne Lamon, Bruce Haynes, Wendy Gillespie, Joel Cohen, Michael Jaffee, Nicholas McGegan, Catherine Turocy, Thomas M. Prescott, Steven Lubin, Kathleen Fay, Stephen Stubbs and Benjamin Bagby.

“We can but strive to create our place in the continuum of fellow musicians past and future, and we must never lose sight of what is important to us – sharing the music we love.” –Wendy Gillespie

“Our calling, in order to fend off everything negative and contrary in the world around us, is to provoke delight, and this we strive to do whether or not we manage to end in wisdom." –Joel Cohen

Young Early Music Performers LOOK AHEAD
Heidi Waleson explores what the future holds for the early music field’s talented young professionals.

Excerpt: “Yulia Van Doren, inspired by jazz musicians, certainly isn’t sitting back. She thinks that early music will become wilder, that it will ‘become standard practice to ornament on the spot. ‘I’m not interested in being a museum’, she says. ‘We have 21st century ears. We young performers have this amazing wealth of knowledge, unearthed by the first generations of early music scholars and performers. Now it’s our job to continue it and make it personal.’”

Also in this issue:
Early Music America Turns 25 by Maria Coldwell
25th Anniversary Compendium including EMA Competition Winners, Scholarship Programs, 25th Anniversary Celebration Concerts and more
Profile: NY Polyphony by Craig Zeichner
Plus Recording Reviews, Book Reviews, and Sound Bytes (news from the field).

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

Patrick Nugent, Publicity Director
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290