From the Artistic Director
I hope you've enjoyed the three programs that Nota Bene presented this past season. It was a challenge for us to dream up and develop such varied concerts, but our musicians appreciated the opportunity to work on programs a little outside the traditional parameters of live musical performance. I heard favourable comments from the performers about our October concert and quiz, which obliged those of you in the audience to guess whether you were hearing authentic Baroque works or modern Baroque-sounding pieces recently composed. Likewise, the small ensemble accompanying Shadow Puppet Theatre's presentation of "The Town Musicians of Bremen" enjoyed providing music to colour the text and visuals and help reinforce the mood, setting at rest my concerns that they might feel their performance was too much like background music.
With programs like these, we aim to present you with the music you know and love, at the same time gently expanding the boundaries of the familiar to include lesser-known works we feel you would appreciate if only you had a chance to hear them. Programming a concert season is a considerable undertaking, and the effort and expense of mounting the concerts require our constant care and concern. We need your support to encourage us in our work and to let us know we are bringing you what you want to hear.
Please help us in any way you can, whether it's by donating, volunteering, or joining our concert audience and giving us your feedback.
See you next season!
From the NBBP Chair
Dear Friends of Nota Bene Baroque Players,
Thank you for your support of NBBP through the 2012-13 season. I trust you found the programs stimulating and enjoyable. We would like to have your feed back with respect to the variety of offerings - from the quiz aspect of “Something Old, Something New,” through food from different nationalities provided to compliment the “Coffee” theme, and the attendance of so many children for the Shadow Puppet Theatre. You may have noticed the reduction in number of players as the series progressed. This was due to financial restraints and an attempt to cope with reduced funding sources. Happily we are embarking on a fund-raising venture to support next season with the three concerts you have been accustomed to experience. We are grateful for your donations – not only do they provide us with financial support but they are also a sign that you enjoy what we provide.
Please reserve the dates as follows: December 1, February 9 and March 30, all Sunday afternoons at the Registry Theatre. A Fund-Raising event will be posted shortly.
Enjoy your summer. See you next season.
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