Cantabile

News of the week of December 16, 2014

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. This will be true on December 23; we have not yet made a decision about December 30.

Party

This year's party will be on January 1 starting at 4 pm, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. More information is available here.

Please invite anyone you think would enjoy it, which is pretty much anyone who likes eating, drinking, and/or singing or playing Christmas music. But especially invite anyone who might enjoy coming to our group on Tuesdays -- the drop in nature of the group means that the more people think about coming, the more likely we are to have a good group on any given Tuesday.

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Cantabile

Party Invitation

[bringing in the Yule log]
Who:
Anyone who likes eating, drinking, and/or singing or playing Christmas music.
What:
Party to celebrate the New Year.
When:
January First, 2015, starting at 4pm, continuing until people have stopped wanting to eat, drink and sing or play Christmas music.
Where:
233 Broadway, Cambridge, MA USA
Why:
If you enjoy doing the things the Cantabile Renaissance Band does every Tuesday night, you should come meet us and see if you'd like doing them with us.

Here's a (slightly) more conventional invitation that you can print out and fold and put in your pocket.

[buche de Noël]
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Cantabile

News of the week of December 9, 2014

Meeting report: November 11, 2014

We played:

Meeting report: November 18, 2014

We played:

Meeting report: November 25, 2014

We played:

  • Lots of duets from "Il primo libro a due voci" of Lupacchino and Tasso
  • Byrd, Susannah fair

Meeting report: December 2

We played:

  • Mendelsson, Nocturne from a Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Hymn tune warmups
  • Josquin, Fama Malum
  • Janequin, La Guerre

Meeting report: December 9

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet as usual on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 PM at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. We have agreed to meet on December 23; we will still discuss whether there will be a meeting on December 30.

Party

The annual party will be on January 1, starting at 4 pm. As usual, we'll eat and drink until there's critical mass for playing, then sing and play for a while, then eat and drink some more...

I will produce (more) formal invitations soon, but please start telling everybody you know to bring everybody they know.

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Cantabile

News of the week of November 4, 2014

I missed it all, but I'm told we played:

Schedule

We continue to meet as usual on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 PM at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Concerts

Pazzi Lazzi and Renaissonics will be playing at the Dante Alleghieri Society, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, on Friday, November 7.

The Viola da Gamba Society of New England is presenting a workshop and a concert with Convivium Musicum on the Dow Part Books, a collection of music from the 1580's. The concert will be at All Saints Church, Belmont, 7pm on Saturday, November 8.

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Cantabile

News of the week of October 28, 2014

Meeting Report:

We played:

Schedule

Ishmael has agreed to open up and start the meeting on Tuesday, November 4, Election Day, so we will meet as usual then.

Usual is 7:45 pm on Tuesday at 233 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Cantabile

News of the week of October 21, 2014

Meeting Report

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. On election day, November 4, we will meet only if someone volunteers to open up and get the rehearsal started.

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Cantabile

News of the week of October 14, 2014

Meeting report, October 7

We played:

Meeting report, October 14

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. On election day, November 4, we will meet only if someone volunteers to open up and get the rehearsal started.

Concerts

The New England Conservaroty of music is having a Festival of Music and Dance this week. John Tyson, who is one of the organizers, especially recommends tomorrow's concert, which will include Renaissonics playing both Renaissance and Baroque dance music, as well as world-famous exponents of other dance styles. All events are free.

Performing opportunities

There are two events this weekend which could include performances if enough people wanted to go to them.

  • A memorial gathering for Helen Conrad, where we will scatter my mother's ashes under a ginkgo tree planted in her garden in her memory, to the accompaniment of music, poetry and remembrances by her friends and family. This will be in Fall River at 4pm on Saturday, October 25.
  • The Wort Processors Ciderfest will be in Amesbury on Sunday, October 25 from noon to 3pm.
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Cantabile

News of the week of September 30, 2014

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet as usual on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 PM at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. Next Tuesday, October 7, will probably be a small, intimate one, if you've been thinking of coming but are intimidated by the idea of a crowd.

Upcoming concerts

The Loring-Greenough House will present Mignarda playing a lute song program centered on the music of John Dowland on Sunday, October 5, at 3pm. For more information see the Loring-Greenough website.

The Boston Early Music Festival presents a program of Monteverdi madrigals on Saturday, October 11 at 8pm in Jordan Hall.

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News of the week of September 23, 2014

Meeting Report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet as usual on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 pm.

There is some question about whether there will be a quorum on October 7, so if you want to come then, let me know, or it might get cancelled.

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reading

Two pieces of science fiction criticism

I mentioned a few months ago how difficult I found it to write well about Science Fiction, although I enjoy reading it.

I realized this morning that this week I've read two really good pieces of criticism that were science fiction related, so I thought I'd pass them on to you.

  • Here's the piece Jo Walton wrote about Mary Renault. You should read it for its description of why trying to sell her work as genre Romance is a doomed strategy:
    Romance makes assumptions about the value and nature of love that are very different from the assumptions Renault is using. Romances are set in a universe that works with the belief that love is a good thing that conquers all, that deserves to conquer all. Renault is starting from an axiomatic position that love is a struggle, an agon or contest—a contest between the two people as to who is going to lose by loving the other more, which certainly isn’t going to lead to inevitable happiness.
  • Here's an interview with Peter Watts where he explains why there's so much torture in contemporary science fiction:
    Need to deliver a three-page neurophilosophical infodump at the climax of your first-contact novel? You could always have Spock and McCoy trading debating points in the med lab. Or you can have your protagonist assaulted so violently that his very consciousness shatters into profound autism, that he perceives all external input as a deafening disembodied voice from the heavens. (That was Blindsight.) Pretty much any infodump becomes more – immediate – when you sheath it in pain and jeopardy.
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