Category: Lecture

Dolata and Coelho at the Editorial Institute

April 1st, 2014 in Lecture

The CEMS would like to announce an event that should be of interest to the community.

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, David Dolata (Florida International University) and Victor Coelho (Boston University) will be speaking on “Editing the Music of Bellerofonte Castaldi (1581-1649)” at Boston University’s  Editorial Institute, 143 Bay State Rd., Boston at 3:30 pm.

Pedro Memelsdorff talk

February 17th, 2014 in Lecture

Ta fin est mon commencement: Composing in Italy in the Late Fourteenth Century

Pedro Memelsdorff (Schola Cantorum Basel)

Friday, February 21, 2014, 10am-1pm

Musicology Seminar Room, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University

This talk explores anew the contrapuntal handicraft, literary background and semiotic implications of works by Johannes Ciconia and Matteo da Perugia.




A music director, a recorder player and a medievalist in musicology, Pedro Memelsdorff was born in Argentina in 1959 and has been living in Europe since 1977. As a musician, he has been a member of Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI since 1981 and of the duo Pedro Memelsdorff-Andreas Staier since 1984. In 1987 he founded – and ever since directs – the ensemble Mala Punica, specialized in late medieval polyphony, with which he has performed over four hundred concerts in the major early-music venues in Europe and America and published 8 CDs that have received over forty international awards. As a musicologist, Memelsdorff regularly publishes in the specialized press (Studi Musicali, Acta Musicologica, Recercare, Plainsong & Medieval Music, Brepols, LIM, Galluzzo). At present he is preparing a monograph on the Codex Faenza 117 for Brepols. He is Director of the Schola Cantorum in Basel.

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Master Class with Emily Van Evera

January 15th, 2014 in Lecture, Master Class

Wednesday, February 5

Emily Van EveraEmily Van Evera

Master Class
“Singing Between the Lines”
10 am – 1 pm
Marshall Room
855 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor

How can we interpret lost vocal styles? An exploration of 17th-c Italian vocal music through works composed by singer-songwriters Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi. Includes performances and discussion of ornamentation, notation, expressivity, and accompaniment.

Students interested in participating should contact Scott Metcalfe (

Please click here for an extended bio.


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Conductor and Scholar Andrew Parrott in Residence at CEMS

September 20th, 2013 in Concert, Lecture, Mini-Course, Residency

Please see the full schedule.

Renowned conductor and scholar Andrew Parrott will be in residence at the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University for a full week early in the spring semester, February 1-7, 2014. Mr. Parrott boasts a long and distinguished record of publication, performance, and recording and has made many fundamental contributions to our understanding of the performance of early music through applying rigorous scholarship to engaging and stimulating music-making. Best known in recent years for his meticulously documented study of choral forces in the music of J. S. Bach, his contemporaries, and predecessors (The Essential Bach Choir, 2000)—a book that, together with Joshua Rifkin’s pathbreaking work, must forever change the way we think about the nature of vocal ensembles in the 18th century and before—he has also been a leader in advancing our understanding of performance practice in the music of Monteverdi, especially issues of vocal scoring and high-clef notation. His many recordings reach forwards and backwards in time from the “core” Baroque repertoire and include many landmarks, among them a celebrated reconstruction of late 16th-century Florentine intermedii for a Medici wedding.

While at BU, Mr. Parrott will engage with students and faculty in a range of activities, emphasizing the music of Claudio Monteverdi. He will direct the Marsh Chapel Choir for a Sunday service, participate in a roundtable discussion (with BU faculty including Professor of Musicology Joshua Rifkin and CEMS co-director Scott Metcalfe) of performance practice in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, work with master’s and doctoral students in the choral conducting program, give a public talk considering general issues of historical performance, meet with graduate students in musicology for a freewheeling seminar open to any topics which engage questions of performing early music, and finally teach a two-day intensive mini-course (available for 1 or 0 credit; also open to students outside BU) on Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

The seven-day residency will be further enriched by a lecture-demo and master class given by the eminent American soprano Emily van Evera, long resident in the UK and a longtime collaborator in Mr. Parrott’s projects.

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Lecture-Demo and Master Class with Guy Fishman

September 20th, 2013 in Lecture, Lecture-Demonstration, Master Class

Thursday, October 24

Guy Fishman

Guy Fishman

principal cellist, Handel & Haydn Society
“Shake It: 500 Years of Vibrato in String Playing”
Lecture-Demo, 2-3:30
Master Class, 3:45-5:00
Marshall Room, 2nd Floor
College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue

This class is for players of modern or early string instruments. Interested students should write to Scott Metcalfe,


Israeli-born cellist Guy Fishman is active as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He was recently appointed Principal Cellist of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, with which he made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005. Mr. Fishman is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and Europe, performing in recital and with Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Museum Trio, Arcadia Players, and El Mundo. He performs on standard cello with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Mark Morris Dance Group, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Springfield Symphony, where he has been guest principal cellist. He has performed in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Eliot Fisk, Daniel Stepner, Lara St. John, Richard Egarr, and Mark Peskanov, and has toured and recorded with pop artist Natalie Merchant.

Guy Fishman has performed in chamber music recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Sanders Theater, and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and BargeMusic in New York. He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Chautauqua, Aston Magna, Connecticut Early Music, and Musicorda festivals. He was a member of the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and has performed in fringe recitals at the Boston Early Music Festival. He has also appeared on NPR broadcasts. His playing has been praised as “plangent” by the Boston Globe, “electrifying” by The New York Times, and “beautiful….noble” by the Boston Herald. A critic for the Boston Musical Intelligencer, listening to Guy’s recent performance of Haydn’s C-major concerto, related that he “…heard greater depth in this work than I have in quite some time.”

Guy Fishman is also active as an educator. He holds faculty positions at Bridgewater State University, Providence College, and Bryant University (RI). He presents lectures and masterclasses throughout the country, and maintains a private studio at his home in Arlington, MA.

Mr. Fishman started playing the cello at age 12, and at 16 began his Baccalaureate studies with David Soyer at the Manhattan School of Music. He subsequently worked with Peter Wiley, Julia Lichten, and Laurence Lesser, with whom he completed Doctoral studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition, Mr. Fishman is a Fulbright Fellow, and spent his fellowship year in Amsterdam studying with the famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma. Mr. Fishman has recorded for the Coro, Centaur, Telarc, Titanic, and Newport Classics labels. He plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.

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