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WAVE Appoints New Directors

BERKELEY—The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), a well-known member of the Bay Area early music scene, appointed new leaders this fall. Shira Kammen and Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist, who have often collaborated on early music ventures, now share the post of director. WAVE was founded by Cindy Beitmen in 1999. The 18-member women’s choir maintains a […]

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Annus Novus in Gaudio

by Karen R. Clark The SFEMS concert series resumes the weekend of January 5–7 with a warm welcome to the New Year. The “elegant, full-blooded” singing of Vajra Voices and zesty, vibrant harp and vielle playing of Shira Kammen join together with the recorder, psaltery, and magic of Kit Higginson to illuminate the mystery and […]

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Sun of Justice

Early Music from Across the Mediterranean The world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana returns to Sacramento on Tuesday, December 19, with “A Byzantine Christmas,” a program featuring Byzantine Chants in Greek, Arabic, and English. The concert will be held in the superb acoustics of the city’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street. Cappella Romana […]

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ABC at CJC

An English Country Garden of Music The SFEMS-CJC series resumes on Sunday, January 21, with the Alphabet Baroque Club, who will perform a a charming concert of (mostly) British composers, with some commentary on British music and composers and their relation to the English country house of the 16th–18th centuries. Club members Judiyaba, treble viol […]

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Vienna, 1784: Quartet Party at Storace’s Place

  The weekend of November 17, New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) will recreate a lively party in Vienna in 1784, when Mozart and Haydn played chamber music together with violin virtuoso Karl Ditters and composer Johann Vanhal at the house of their friend Stephen […]

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Mobley Featured in Second Cantata Collective Concert

On Sunday following Thanksgiving the Cantata Collective invite you to their second free concert of Bach cantatas at St Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. Featured will be countertenor Reginald Mobley singing Cantatas 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde, and 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust. Praised for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” by the […]

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Christmas in Poland and the Baltics, December 1–3

by Patricia Jennerjohn California Bach Society presents music of the season from Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. All of these countries have powerful national identities, which have been reinforced by their history of foreign occupation and Soviet domination. Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia have strong traditions of music for the Christmas/winter […]

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Superb Portativ Organ Available for Rent at St. Mark’s

by Jonathan Dimmock Organist and musical director Jonathan Dimmock has decided to move his Robert Byrd portativ organ from Davies Symphony Hall to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and to make it available for rental to early music groups needing a continuo organ while performing in that space. Here’s the story and a description of this […]

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Berlin Offers Three Classes This Winter

Tish Berlin is offering a number of recorder and early music drop-in classes from January to March, 2018: The Italian 16th-Century Madrigal Explore the lush harmonies and dangerous chromaticism of the late 16th century Italian madrigal by composers such as Gesualdo, Monteverdi, and Marenzio. Ground-breaking and earth-shaking works for upper intermediate to advanced singers, viols, […]

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