• Welcome to EMSI’s 36th season!

    Summer is here, and musical treats await you! With outdoor events by talented local musicians in beautiful gardens, and the weekly video series Music for the Pause, we hope to fill your hearts with renaissance and baroque music this summer.

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  • Music for the Pause

    An online weekly concert series featuring baroque chamber works on period instruments.

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  • Summer Garden Concert Series

    Baroque and renaissance music in beautiful socially-distanced garden settings.

    Les Délices de la SolitudeA Great Noyse
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Upcoming Concerts

  • Aug 7 | Mozart and Friends
    • Mozart and Friends
    • Music for the Pause Program No. 6 – August 7, 7:30 PM – Mozart and Friends Christi Myers & Mieka Michaux Hoffmeister​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, No. 6 in D Major Bruni​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 4, No. 1 in B Flat Major Hoffmeister​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, […]

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  • Aug 14 | French Baroque Rivals
    • French Baroque Rivals
    • Music for the Pause Program No. 7 – August 14, 7:30 PM – French Baroque Rivals Tyson Doknjas & Chloe Kim Boismortier​ Selections from ​Sonates en Trio Sans Basses ​Op. 7 Leclair​ Sonata No. 6, Op. 3 in D Major for Two Violins Guillemain​ Sonata No. 2, Op. 4 in D Minor for Two Violins Nicola Canzano​ […]

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  • Aug 21 | German Winds
    • German Winds
    • Music for the Pause Program No. 8 – August 21, 7:30 PM – German Winds Soile Stratkauskas, Kathryn Wiebe, Katrina Russell & Christina Hutten Fasch​ Quartet in D Bach​ Trio in F transcribed for flute, violin and bassoon BWV 1040 Schaffrath​ Trio for violin, bassoon and basso continuo in Bb Bach ​Andante​ ​from organ trio BWV […]

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  • Aug 28 | Mozart and Bach’s Grandson​
    • Mozart and Bach’s Grandson​
    • Music for the Pause Program No. 9 – August 28, 7:30 PM – Mozart and Bach’s Grandson Soile Stratkauskas, Mieka Michaux & Christina Mahler Mozart​ Flute Quartet in C Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach​ Trio in G major Mozart​ Flute Quartet in D Plus an interview with viola player Joanna Hood.   Watch the performance on FaceBook Live!

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  • Sep 4 | Meditations on Solo Bach
    • Meditations on Solo Bach
    • Music for the Pause Program No. 10 – September 4, 7:30 PM – Meditations on Solo Bach Joanna Hood, Christi Myers, Chloe Kim, Kathryn Wiebe,  Tyson Doknjas, & Mieka Michaux Hoffmeister​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, No. 6 in D Major Bruni​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 4, No. 1 in B Flat […]

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  • Sep 11 | Bach and Biber
    • Bach and Biber
    • Music for the Pause Program No. 11 – September 11, 7:30 PM – Bach and Biber Jeanne Lamon, Chloe Kim, Christina Mahler & Christina Hutton Biber​ Partia V in G minor from ​Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa J.S. Bach​ Continuo Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1023 Weckmann​ TBD J.S. Bach​ Ciaccona BWV 1004 Arrangement by Jeanne Lamon Plus […]

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  • Sep 26 | Goldberg Variations
    • Goldberg Variations
    • — POSTPONED —- Since 1741 Bach’s Goldberg Variations have been regarded as one of the pinnacles of the keyboard repertoire. Bach was very specific about how the variations are to be performed: on a “a harpsichord with two manuals.” This is a rare opportunity to hear the entire work presented as Bach intended and by […]

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  • Nov 7 | Los Elementos
    • Los Elementos
    • — POSTPONED to November 2021 —   Carolina Pozuela Montero and Miguel Lara  flamenco dancers Le Tendre Amour (Barcelona) Earth, Air, Fire, and Water personified meet in a Spanish bar in Antonio de Literes’ fast-paced, exotic, and entertaining opera Los Elementos (c. 1718). This is a crowd-pleaser with humour, flamenco dance, foot-tapping rhythms, dazzling guitar […]

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  • Nov 8 | Los Elementos
    • Los Elementos
    • — POSTPONED to November 2021 — Carolina Pozuela Montero and Miguel Lara  flamenco dancers Le Tendre Amour (Barcelona) Los Elementos Earth, Air, Fire, and Water personified meet in a Spanish bar in Antonio de Literes’ fast-paced, exotic, and entertaining opera Los Elementos (c. 1718). This is a crowd-pleaser with humour, flamenco dance, foot-tapping rhythms, dazzling […]

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  • Dec 19 | Medieval Christmas
    • Medieval Christmas
    • Gothic Voices (UK) Hear the fervour of familiar and unknown carols in their original 15th century form as well as the elegance of their ingenious forerunners. This celebratory interplay of narrative and symbolic poetry picturing the biblical stories of Mary and Jesus are combined with festive mass movements by early English celebrities Dunstaple and Power. […]

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  • Jan 16 | Purcell Fantasias and Dances
    • Purcell Fantasias and Dances
    • Les Voix Humaines (Montreal) Purcell’s 16 Fantasias are the perfect example of melding of old and new. The exquisitely- balanced sound of consorted strings is peppered with virtuosic Italianate passages, operatic recitativo sections, and French dances designed to please all ears! This programme intersperses the Fantasias with dance movements from Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen […]

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  • Feb 27 | Vivaldi’s Other Seasons
    • Vivaldi’s Other Seasons
    • Mireille Lebel mezzosoprano Rudolfo Richter violin and direction Ensemble Castor (Austria) This light-hearted alternative to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons includes other concerts and vocal pieces by Vivaldi related to Nature–its sounds and powerful forces. Bird songs, tempests, pastoral life, and autumnal hunting are portrayed in turn. The programme starts with the aria Gelido in ogni vena […]

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  • Mar 27 | Handel’s Messiah
    • Handel’s Messiah
    • Ensemble Caprice (Montreal) Today it is often forgotten that Handel’s Messiah was composed for performance during Lent, not at Christmastide. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear Handel’s greatest oratorio as he intended and when he intended. Hallelujah, indeed! “The music making by Ensemble Caprice was first rate.” New York Times  

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  • Apr 25 | The Armed Man and the Virgin
    • The Armed Man and the Virgin
    • Tallis Scholars (UK) Whoever the Armed Man (L’homme armé) originally was, he left a deep impression on late medieval Europe: over twenty mass settings are based on the melody which he inspired including one by Josquin. The balance of the programme is devoted to Mary and features Fayrfax’s Eterne laudis lilium which ends with the […]

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Next concert

Mozart and Friends
August 7

Music for the Pause Program No. 6 – August 7, 7:30 PM – Mozart and Friends Christi Myers & Mieka Michaux Hoffmeister​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, No. 6 in D Major Bruni​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 4, No. 1 in B Flat Major Hoffmeister​ Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, […]

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Welcome

to The Early Music Society of the Islands!

Founded in 1985 and based in Victoria BC, the Early Music Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run society dedicated to offering  accomplished performances of music composed prior to 1800.

EMSI embraces the idea that early music deserves to be heard with close to its original intent. To that end, our concerts feature period instruments, accurate scores, and historical performance practices.

Renowned artists, both international and homegrown, have graced our stage.

Sponsors

The list of soloists and ensembles presented by EMSI is a who’s who
of the international early music scene:

Anonymous 4 Ensemble Clement Janequin Monica Huggett Orlando Consort Stile Antico Boston Early Music Festival Nancy Argenta Fretwork Dame Emma Kirkby Red Priest Tafelmusik Baltimore Consort The Harp Consort Ton Koopman Jordi Savall Daniel Taylor Concerto Koln John Holloway London Baroque Sequentia Collegium Vocale Gent

EMSI News

Music for the Pause

Our eleven concert video series, filmed in the beautiful Chapel of the New Jerusalem at Christ Church Cathedral, will be live-streamed each Friday at 7:30 PM, from July 3rd to September 11th! Watch the concerts live here  (a FaceBook account…

Dear Music Lovers

The Early Music Society of the Islands hopes that you and your loved ones are staying safe in these difficult times. This website will soon contain information on EMSI’s planned 2020-21 season but, at this time, we are uncertain about how…

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