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Españoleta

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 15, with the return of Flauti Diversi, who will perform an unusual program entitled “Españoleta.” The concert features early music from the Mediterranean: lively 14th-c. Italian medieval dance, Aragonese Renaissance ostinato bass improvisations, tantalizing Arabic tunes, and a complete Galician song […]

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International Potpourri

A German Madrigal, a Spanish Salad and a Norwegian Fjord by Thomas Axworthy The somewhat unusual title of this article also describes a workshop I will be presenting in the San Francisco Bay Area this coming January, and the music featured will truly be an “international potpourri” inspired by a 16th-century Spanish musical genre known […]

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Delicate as a Flute with the Power of Brass

Joining Archetti Baroque Strings for their SFEMS performances the weekend of December 9–11 are two distinguished soloists, soprano Clara Rottsalk and baroque trumpeter Kathryn Adduci. Ms. Rottsalk already is familiar to Bay Area audiences and admired for her appearances with ABS, Magnificat, and with Musica Pacifica on their December 2012 SFEMS concert. Trumpeter Adduci is […]

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Concerti per il Santissimo Natale

Festive Music for Soprano, Trumpet, and Strings The weekend of December 9–11, SFEMS’ holiday concert presents another in our region’s most distinguished early music groups, the dynamic Archetti Baroque String Ensemble. Archetti will be joined by exquisite soprano Clara Rottsolk and virtuoso baroque trumpeter Kathryn Adduci for a festive program of holiday music. Colorful baroque […]

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2016 Alameda Sing-it-yourself Messiah!

by Gesine Lohr Alameda’s 22nd Annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will be hosted this year by St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut Street (just off the corner of Encinal), Alameda, CA 94501, on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. We will be presenting the Christmas section, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and “Hallelujah Chorus” of George Frideric Handel’s […]

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Schola Cantorum’s 50th-anniversary “Messiah Sing.”

This Time, It’s The Whole Thing Bring your voices and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Schola Cantorum’s sing-along of Handel’s beloved Messiah, Monday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. For this special occasion, all who attend will have the rare opportunity to sing, or listen to, the […]

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La Spiritata to La Mer

MPRO’s December Concert On Sunday, December 11, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, at 2:30 p.m. The program will feature the canzona La Spiritata by Giovanni Gabrieli; three settings of the Renaissance melody Fortuna Desperata; an instrumental arrangement of the popular French song […]

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New Wine in Old Bottles

by Anthony Martin This Saturday, November 19, violinist Anthony Martin and harpsichordist Katherine Heater collaborate on an astonishingly rich and diverse concert of old and new music. Their program will include everything from J.S. and C.P.E. Bach to Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Ligeti! Anthony Martin elaborates on this most adventuresome program. During the past four centuries […]

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Chiesa o Camera?

Burghers & Friars to Mix It Up at SFEMS Season Opener The growth of the San Francisco Early Music Society has been both an expression of and a contributor to America’s growing interest in early music. For the past four decades SFEMS has presented Bay Area audiences the finest examples of what medieval, Renaissance, and […]

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SFEMS Affiliates Help Define Bay Area Early Music Offerings

A look at this week’s Calendar of Early Music shows the central role SFEMS Affiliates play in the Bay Area’s early music scene. The Affiliate Program offers assistance to local and regional organizations that share the Society’s commitment to music for educational purposes, artistic excellence, a historically informed approach, and operation on a not-for-profit basis. […]

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