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SFEMS Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 5

SFEMS will hold its Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 5, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., at The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. All SFEMS members are cordially invited to attend. Last year’s 40th anniversary season and the 14th biennial Berkeley Festival are achievements worthy of celebration. So come, celebrate, and help shape […]

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Shakespeare, Purcell, and Love

Renowned actor Derek Jacobi stars with actor/director Richard Clifford and the acclaimed early musicians of Washington DC’s Folger Consort in the world premiere performances of Measure + Dido, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s legacy. Presented by NapaShakes and Folger Shakespeare Library, this extraordinary production combines dramatic readings of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure […]

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Make Music with MPRO

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will hold its first meeting of the 2016–17 season from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at Trinity Church, Angus Hall, 330 Ravenswood Ave (corner of Laurel) Menlo Park. All those who play recorder, early winds or early strings are invited to attend and asked to bring their instruments. […]

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Mics Still Open at Hillside

Early Music Open Mic Night continues 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 opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Your ensemble and you have […]

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Second Sundays Series at SF Swedenborgian

The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco now hosts a music concert series as unique as its historic setting. Titled “Second Sundays” the monthly series presents six diverse one-hour concerts that bring to life classical and traditional music from the Middle Ages through the baroque and Classical eras, with modern interpretations, and some inspired original works. […]

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CalBach Passion Preview Workshop August 20

The California Bach Society is very pleased to offer its eleventh Summer Choral Workshop, “St. Matthew Passion Preview.”  It will be held on August 20, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Palo Alto. Paul Flight will discuss and rehearse choruses and chorales of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Scores will be provided for all music, and electronic copies […]

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Leipzig Cantata Project

Snacks but No Sermon The Leipzig Cantata Project aims to build new audiences for Bach cantata performances by presenting full Bach cantatas with full period instrument orchestra with wine, snacks, and an engaging guest speaker who can give historical/liturgical/spiritual context to bring this text alive for anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. We believe that building […]

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Voices of Chamber Music from the Valley of the Moon

Nation’s First Festival Devoted to Classical and Romantic Music on Period Instruments SONOMA, CA, April 14, 2016 — Celebrated vocalists Nikki Einfeld and Kyle Stegall headline this summer’s Valley of the Moon Music Festival in concerts of Schubert and Schumann, Mozart, Rossini and more. Now in its second year, the Valley of the Moon Music […]

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Lee McRae (1923–2016)

Helping Others Discover Early Music The death of Lee McRae on June 1, a few weeks before her 93rd birthday, adds a bittersweet touch to the San Francisco Early Music Society’s 40th anniversary and to this year’s Berkeley Festival, just two of the many institutions to which she contributed, but it also gives us a […]

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From Bohemia’s Fields and Groves

by Anthony Martin The New Esterházy Quartet is one of SFEMS’ most distinguished Affiliate groups. Recently voted “Best Chamber Music Performers” by San Francisco Classical Voice, the quartet is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s top period-instrument string quartets. Founded to present historically-informed interpretations of Joseph Haydn’s path-breaking music (he essentially invented the string […]

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