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Course fee: $295
When Baroque music comes to mind, most of us immediately think of the composers and music from the "big four" European countries: Italy, Germany, France and England. This six-week course devotes each class to the discovery of music from countries which might be less familiar but no less intriguing. Through listening, lecture, discussion and the use of images, we'll explore the music, composers and musical life of Baroque Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland, Scandinavia and Russia. Join us and broaden your Baroque horizons!
About the Instructor:Long recognized as one of Canada's bright lights on historical flutes and recorders, Toronto-born Alison Melville's career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician with many ensembles has taken her across North America and to New Zealand, Iceland, Japan, and Europe. A member of the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Polaris and Artistic Director of the mixed media Bird Project, Alison appears regularly as a soloist and orchestral player with with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and has played with other ensembles across North America including Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Per Sonatori, la Nouvele Sinfonie, Les Idées Heureuses, Chatham Baroque, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Toronto Masque Theatre, Opera Atelier, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony, Musica Viva, and many others. She was also Artistic Co-Director for 22 years of the chamber concert series Baroque Music Beside the Grange.
Some memorable career moments include playing for The Tudors, CBC-TV's The Friendly Giant, and Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter; solo shows in inner-city London (UK) junior schools; a recent recital in sunny southern Spain; and, oh yes, a summer of concerts in Ontario prisons. Alison has been heard on CBC/Radio-Canada, BBC, RNZ, NPR, and Iceland State Broadcast Service, and on over 55 CDs, including five critically acclaimed solo recordings. A professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (USA) from 1999 to 2010, she now teaches at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University.
*A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.
*If you are an active Conservatory Circle member, please contact 416.408.2825 for a 10% discount on all Music Appreciation courses.
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