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Handel and His World

The SFEMS 2017–18 concert season gets underway the weekend of October 20–22, with performances by one of the first American “original instrument” ensembles. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, the Aulos Ensemble was on the cutting edge of the early music movement at a time when historical performance was starting to capture the imagination […]

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CJC Series Opens with Sprezzatura

The SFEMS-CJC series opens on Sunday, October 15, with “Sprezzatura.” Judith Linsenberg, recorders; William Skeen, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord perform virtuosic Italian sonatas from 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Castello, Frescobaldi, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Sieber. Called “the Jascha Heifetz of the recorder,” Judith Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the […]

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California Bach: Brevis and Bekümmernis

Johann Sebastian Bach would have been surprised by California Bach Society’s upcoming performances: his church music on a concert stage, and more than 250 years after his death. Apart from Luther’s chorales, he would never have performed music that old! We don’t know if Bach expected his works to be performed after his death. However, […]

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Mics Open Once Again at Hillside

The candles in are being lit and the Roland rolled out of storage for the resumption of Early Music Open Mic Night in the East Bay. This event is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito. This is your […]

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Auditions Open for 2018 Junior Bach Festival

From Director Lisa Grodin to Bay Area Music Teachers Welcome to the beginning of the Junior Bach Festival’s 2017–2018 season! We thank you if you have prepared students to audition for the Junior Bach Festival in the past, and we hope you will encourage your advanced students, up to 18 years of age, to apply […]

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SFEMS Annual Meeting

The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store this past Wednesday evening, September 13. The meeting was well attended by community members as well as both SFEMS board and staff. Following some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by board […]

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Call for Concert Proposals

SFEMS has issued a request for proposals for individuals and ensembles interested in appearing on the 2018–19 concert series. SFEMS welcomes all proposals that could be of interest to our audiences by both local and non-local ensembles. We are seeking a diversity of instruments, periods, as well as size of performance group. Proposals should be […]

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Early Music Sundays

CJC and SFEMS Announce 2017–18 Series As you probably know, SFEMS curates not one but three separate concert series: our regular weekend season, showcasing major national and international artists of the early music world; the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition; and our informal, monthly series of Sunday afternoon concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC), […]

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Lee McRae Memorial Concert Set for September 23 in Berkeley

The Memorial Concert for Lee McRae has been confirmed for Saturday September 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue in Berkeley. All are welcome. Admission is free. The afternoon will be a celebration and commemoration of Lee’s pioneering work in many areas of education, music, and social activism. […]

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