Early Music Festival 2018

SJAC is thrilled to once again play host to the Saint John Early Music Festival, coming May 25-27, 2018, with the theme this year of ‘Scottish Muse’. Tickets will be available soon at SJAC – check out the impressive lineup for this year’s festival:


Friday, May 25,  12:15 to 1 pm – Listen & Lunch: The Square Piano

Tim Blackmore, presenter

An illustrated talk about the 18th century square piano, a modern version of which is being used in two of the Festival’s concerts.

Admission: Free


Friday, May 25,  7 to 9 pm – What Can a Young Lassie Do?

Collegium Musicum (Period Instruments) with Jessica McCormack, soprano

Trios and sonatas for two violins and harpsichord by Scottish composers as well as a group of Joseph Haydn’s settings of songs by Robert Burns.

Trio Sonatas No. 4 & 5…………………………………………………………….William McGibbon (1696-1756)
A Sonata of Scots Tunes……………………………………………………………….James Oswald (1710-1769)
Violin Sonata in G Major………………………………………………………………Gen. John Reid (1721-1807)
Six Scots Songs for Soprano, Violin & Harpsichord……………………………….Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Two Scots Tunes for Harpsichord…………………………………………………..Robert Bremner (1713-1789)

Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors and $10 Students. Catered by Mahogany Manor.


Saturday, May 26,  2 to 3 pm: Scottish Romance

Tim Blackmore, square piano

Solo piano settings of Scottish airs by early Romantic composer-pianists.

Adagio espressivo (Lord Gregory) & Rondo (Duncan Davidson)……………………………………..Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)
Scottish Rondos Nos. 5 & 6 (Duncan Gray & The Day Returns)………………………………Leopold Kozeluch (1747-1818)
Within a Mile of Edinburgh & The Countess of Sutherland, A Scotch Reel……………..Jan Ladislav Dussek (1750-1812)
Variations on O Thou Art the Lad of My Heart Op.107 No.9……………………………Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Variations on The Old Highland Laddie…………………………………………………………………Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838)

Tickets: $10. Refreshments


Saturday, May 26,  7 to 9 pm:  Within a Furlong of Edinburgh Town  

La Tour Baroque Duo (Tim Blackmore, recorder & harpsichord; Michel Cardin, theorbo)

Popular Scottish airs set by Scottish and other baroque composers.

Sonata on Bonny Jean of Aberdeen…………………………………………………………Alexander Munro (1697-1767)
Two Scots Airs…………………………………………………………………………………………James Oswald (1710-1769)
Sonata on Within a Furlong of Edinburgh Town………………………………………Charles McLean (c.1712-c.1772)
Three Scots Airs for Harpsichord………………………………………………………….Francesco Barsanti (1690-1772)
Two Scots Airs with Variations………………………………………………………………William McGibbon (1696-1756)
Two Scots Airs (Auld Bob Morris & Sleepy Body)……………………………………Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
Neil Gow’s Lament…………………………………………………………………………………………..Neil Gow (1727-1807)
Scozzese (Sonata Op.2 No.9)……………………………………………………….Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768)
Three Scots Airs with Variations………………………………………………………………..Burke Thumoth (1717-1760)

Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors and $10 Students. Catered by Mahogany Manor.


Sunday, May 27, 2 to 4 pm: Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife

Carleton Chamber Players (Modern Instruments) with Jessica McCormack, soprano

Piano Trios, Variations for piano and violin, and songs by Robert Burns set by Beethoven.

“Scottish” Trios Op.42 Nos.1, 2 & 3…………………………………………………………………….Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)
Variations on Scottish Airs Op. 107 Nos. 2, 8 & 10………………………………….Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Five Scottish Songs for Soprano & Piano Trio WoO 156 & Op.108…………………………………Ludwig van Beethoven

Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors and $10 Students. Refreshments.