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Helping Young People Discover Early Music

This year marks the 25th anniversary of SFEMS’ special, week-long Workshop entirely for children and youth from grades 1–12. The Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium (MDW-YC) was founded in 1994 by Lee McRae, whose vision and lifelong commitment was to make early music come alive for young people through active participation. You now have […]

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Joyne Hands

Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort To make the month of May merrier, SFEMS is delighted to present Antic Faces, a new ensemble featuring well-known Bay Area artists Shira Kammen, violin and viol; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; David Morris, viol; John Lenti, lute and viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol and cittern; and Peter Hallifax, viol and bandora. Their […]

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I Maestri Italiani a Vienna

CBS to perform works of Kapellmeisters Bertali and Valentini by Patricia Jennerjohn True to their reputation as “prospectors of Baroque gold,” Artistic Director Paul Flight and the award-winning California Bach Society will perform the US premiere of Antonio Bertali’s Missa Redemptoris, for eight vocal soloists, chorus, brass, and strings. It is only part of the […]

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I Heard a Voice

New College Choir to Perform in Rare Bay Area Appearance SFEMS is delighted to welcome the Choir of New College Oxford in a special, joint presentation with San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. The choir, under the direction of Robert Quinney, will perform a program of Renaissance and baroque works by Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, Tomás Luis […]

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Bach and Sons

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on March 31 with “Bach and Sons.” Celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday with four works by Bach and two of his sons, played on copies of historical instruments! Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, baroque violin; Gretchen Claassen, baroque cello; and Derek Tam, harpsichord, perform J.S. […]

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SFEMS Appoints Derek Tam as New Executive Director

Derek Tam has been appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society. He succeeds Harvey Malloy, who served from 2009 until his retirement last fall. His appointment to the top leadership position with SFEMS will be especially important in the planning of the 2020 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. SFEMS President Joyce Johnson Hamilton […]

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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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iLove baroque

Ensemble Caprice Returns with Musical Love Stories Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice has appeared frequently on the SFEMS concert series over the past 20 years, each time looking at historical music with fresh eyes and performing it with a different twist, from Telemann and the Gypsies to the Latin American Baroque, always delighting our audience with their […]

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The Multifaceted Brahms

The 2018 Berkeley Festival was a milestone—the first time a major early music festival made a strong case for applying the principles and practices of historical performance to music of the 19th century, up to and including Debussy, as demonstrated in a program by Alexei Lubimov co-presented by the Westfield Center. In an early piano […]

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