We are thrilled to announce our 2017-2018 Melos Choir and Period Instruments Concert Season!
Enter the calming Medieval cloister with us, or the raucous Renaissance Tavern Hall! Hear the Cathedral resound with our full choir, talented soli and virtuosic period instrumentalists as we explore the breadth of beautiful music from the 12th-18th century Europe.
We start our season with Virtuosic Vocals where we feature our talent soli, choir and instrumentalist who will trace the roots of Bel Canto from the 12th-18th century on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.
A Star in the East III we are joined by members of Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieaval Music as we present advent music, carols, instrumental dances and poetry from eastern and western traditions on Friday, December 1st, 2017. We will have a Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:00 P.M where a visiting scholar from Sine Nomine will speak to aspects of medieaval culture.
We then finish our concert season on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 with Sound Ground- Baroque Chaconnes and Ostinato Bassline, where we will be joined by world renowned lutenist Michael Leopold in works of Bach, Lully, Rossi, Monteverdi and more.
On Friday, February 9th, 2018 we will reprise our raucous evening of period music and drama in our fabulous Venetian Carnevale Fundraiser! Join us in the celebrations of Baroque Europe with food, drink, entertainment and a Silent Auction of Talents and Experiences at our new venue the Italo-Canadian Club.
We hope you join us for our next concert:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017, 7:30 P.M.
Pre-concert lecture at 7:00 P.M. ‘Christmas in a Mediaeval Nunnery’
by Rev’d Andrea Budgey
With period poetry readings by Dr. Phillip Rogers and Carolyn Heatherington
Join us for an evening of Advent and Christmas music from western and eastern traditions 12th to 18th centuries with ancient chant, instrumental dances and carols, featuring music by Hildegard, Lassus, Scheidt, Praetorius and Charpentier.
We thank the City of Kingston Arts Fund and TD Bank for their generous support.
We would like to extend our thanks to our Season Corporate Sponsors
Kingston Ideal Weight Loss Inc
Brent Mills Chiropractic
We would also like to thank our Music Director’s Corporate Circle donor
the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
For a complete list of our Season Sponsors, please CLICK HERE
“Melos Choir and Period Instruments is Eastern Ontario’s most active and far-reaching early music group, with dynamic concerts of rarely heard, ancient music, and educational outreach initiatives. Our choir, vocal soli and players of replica instruments from the Middle Ages through the Baroque era invite you to deepen your experience of early music through our three concerts per season, or by auditing one of our hosted lectures or workshops with world renowned history and early music specialists, or by competing in our expanded Baroque Idol competition in January. Don a Venetian mask and dance at our Venetian Carnevale fundraiser in February; or relax in an intimate solo recital from our Melos Presents recital series.
I am thrilled about Melos’ offerings this upcoming season as we prepare to host Toronto Consort director, David Fallis, and two of their members, Ben Grossman and Paul Jenkins in a series of workshops. Hear the fruits of their input as we convey the Moorish influences in medieval Spain in our October 15 concert, Pilgrimage: Iberian Crossroads. These sonorities will be put in context with a vivid slide show and presentation on the pilgrimage to Santiago by Dr. Peter Coffman. You will also hear more eastern influences in our December 2 concert, A Star in the East II. The roots and flowering of Advent and Christmas music over six centuries will be shown, from east to west. Stay tuned to our website for news of Melos hosting workshops in Spring of 2017 on ornamentation in the Italian Baroque for strings and/or recorders, in preparation for our May 7 concert of Italian Baroque music, Da Roma a Venezia.
It is an honour to be part of the Melos endeavour, which enfolds history, culture, study and teaching into its performances. We hope you will enjoy our concerts and be inspired to study, learn, or even sing or play with us!”
Photograph of Fontenay Abbey by Paul M. Malo