Photo: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

NEW: The Nightingale in Love - February 12, 2005

The Burney Ensemble, founded in 1998, has quickly established a reputation for exciting and entertaining concerts. Through its innovative programming, the ensemble, performing on period instruments, pairs music with literature and brings to life the music and culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The ensemble has appeared together with Monica Huggett and Suzie LeBlanc for Early Music Vancouver, and was invited to perform at the world's largest chamber music festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, during the summer of 2000.

Taking its inspiration from the great eighteenth century musician, historian and scholar, Charles Burney (1726–1814), The Burney Ensemble's concerts feature a mixture of music and word. Gossip, scandal, anecdotes and commentary are drawn from the writings of Charles Burney and his contemporaries and brought into every performance.

The Burney Ensemble can frequently be heard on CBC Radio Two, and has been the subject of numerous radio, television, newspaper and journal articles.

Photo credits: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward in the Arthur Erickson Garden, courtesy of The Arthur Erickson House and Garden Foundation, Vancouver.

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The Nightingale in Love

St. Mark's-Trinity Church - Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 8 pm
"Love, appears on [the French] stage with a propriety, a delicacy, a truthfulness not to be found elsewhere. It is because, among the nations of the world, the French are the most expert in social matters."
- Voltaire, 1736

Join The Burney Ensemble, together with guest soprano Elizabeth MacIsaac, in a program of music by Couperin, Guillemain, Monteclair and Clerambault: a sensuous, seductive and delicious program of French music celebrating the season of Love!

Musicians:

Elizabeth MacIsaac - soprano
Sonja Boon - baroque flute
Paul Luchkow - baroque violin
Nan Mackie - viola da gamba
Valerie Weeks - harpsichord

As at every Burney Ensemble performance you will hear brilliant music, along with gossip, scandal, anecdotes and commentary - all on the subject of "l'amour!" - drawn from the writings of Charles Burney and his French contemporaries.

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