Grado (Italy) Academy Week, 20−27 April 2014
Date: November 3, 2013
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
An opportunity to spend a week on the Adriatic coast in the northeast of Italy, exploring and performing Renaissance a cappella choral music under the direction of Edzard Buchards, a well-known countertenor and conductor of early music. Aside from being in great demand as a soloist, Edzard regularly directs and performs the sacred choral repertoire of the period 1450−1650.
The repertoire will feature the little-known Missa “Surrexit Pastor Bonus” by Yvo (or Ivo) de Vento (1543−1575), a prominent composer and musician of the Munich Hofkapelle and pupil of Lassus and Claudio Merulo; as well as six- and eight-part works by Merulo, the Gabrielis, and others.
Participants should have respectable sight-reading skills and some familiarity with the Renaissance repertoire. Music will be made available at least 3 weeks in advance. Rehearsal times will be 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00, with intermediate breaks. Rehearsals will be conducted in English and German.
Limited scholarships, subject to approval by the director, will be available for young singers (under 24).
Grado is a small city midway between Venice and Trieste, an old fishing village and now a popular tourist destination. The old town has a charming pedestrian center. It is close to the ancient Roman city of Aquilea, whose stunning 11th-c. cathedral will provide the venue for the Academy’s concert on the Friday evening.
Accommodations will be provided at the Plaza Grado hotel, close to the sea and within easy walking distance from the town center.
For further details, please contact Mr. Keith Wallace (London):
Tel: (+44 203) 116 3624