Upcoming Concerts

  • Jun 5 | Kalhor and Tabassian in Dialogue, Dueling Setars
    • Kalhor and Tabassian in Dialogue, Dueling Setars
    • Internationally renowned Grammy award winner, Kayhan Kalhor is joined by Ensemble Constantinople co-founder Kiya Tabassian in a program of improvised music on the ancient Persian instrument, the setar, in a […]

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Kalhor and Tabassian in Dialogue, Dueling Setars
June 5

Internationally renowned Grammy award winner, Kayhan Kalhor is joined by Ensemble Constantinople co-founder Kiya Tabassian in a program of improvised music on the ancient Persian instrument, the setar, in a […]

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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

June Covid Update

There will be no capacity restriction for our June 5th Dueling Setars concert, but EMSI kindly requests that patrons continue to wear a mask at all times while inside the venue, for the continued safety and comfort of our artists, volunteers…

February Covid Update

As we welcome you back to the concert hall, EMSI is keeping the health and comfort of our guests, musicians and volunteers in mind. Our March 5th Musica Pacifica concert will maintain the 50% capacity limit to allow for physical distancing,…

Quicksilver Postponed

EMSI has made the difficult decision to cancel January's Quicksilver concert, in light of rapidly escalating covid transmission. The safety of our members, volunteers and patrons is our prime concern, and the Board of Directors could not feel…

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