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Calendar: December 22–28, 2014

Monday, December 22 A Chanticleer Christmas The 12-member a capella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” (Chanticleer’s most requested Christmas selection) and Chanticleer’s traditional medley of spirituals. 6 PM, 8:30 PM performances Carmel Mission 3080 Rio Rd., Carmel $35–$69 Tickets, 415-392-4400 Wednesday/Thursday, December […]

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Calendar: December 15–21, 2014

Tuesday, December 16 American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Conductor George Frideric Handel, Messiah. Jeffrey Thomas conducts the ABS period-instrument orchestra, the acclaimed American Bach Choir, and soloists Mary Wilson, soprano; Eric Jurenas, countertenor; Wesley Rogers, tenor; and Jesse Blumberg, baritone, in the Foundling Hospital version (1753) of Handel’s most famous work. 7:30 PM Grace Cathedral […]

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A Christmas Mass to Brighten Dark December Nights

Magnificat, founded and directed by Warren Stewart, led the American revival of 17th-century music and remains one of the most acclaimed interpreters of this revolutionary repertory. For our annual holiday concert, the weekend of December 19–21, SFEMS proudly presents Magnificat performing a 17th-c. Venetian Mass for Christmas Day, featuring Francesco Cavalli’s glorious Missa concertata. Cavalli […]

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Music in the Garden of Delight

The collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 11, 2015, with the return of Flauti Diversi, performing an unusual program entitled “Music in the Garden of Delight: The Kinship of Medieval Dance and Arabic Music.” Flauti Diversi (Frances Feldon, recorders/flute; Gary Haggerty, oud; Sarah Michael, kanun; Roy Whelden, vielle; and […]

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A Christmas Carol

SFEMS founder Ken Johnson took great pleasure in his annual Christmas caroling parties. This is a favorite story he told about one of those outings. Bob Dawson included it in his 1994 tribute to Ken for the SFEMS newsletter. Each year, Ken’s caroling excursions trod different San Francisco neighborhoods, some of which proved more congenial […]

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Rent a Lute!

The Lute Society of America has had several of its rental instruments based here in the San Francisco area come back to us, and we are looking for new renters. The instruments now available are a 6-course vihuela, an 8-course Renaissance lute and a 13-course baroque lute. Renters must be LSA members, or join, and take […]

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Albany Recorder Classes Resume January 20

Frances Feldon will offer two classes for recorder players Tuesday nights in Albany, starting in January. The classes, sponsored by the City of Albany’s Recreation and Community Services, are held in the Band Room of the Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Avenue. Low Intermediate Recorder Ensemble Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. In this class, students will develop ensemble […]

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Awareness Through Movement for Singers

Karen Clark offers ongoing classes in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® for Singers Monday evenings in Berkeley. These classes offer an inspiring introduction to Awareness Through Movement® lessons that will help singers increase their vocal range and stamina, manage stress and performance anxiety, and enjoy yourself—your voice—more fully! Beginners, amateurs, and professionals, teenage to adult—all are […]

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A Musical Smorgasbord

The weekend of January 17–18, Shira Kammen, vielle; Tish Berlin, recorder; and Peter Maund, percussion, will offer a workshop on a variety of early music topics of interest to both singers and instrumentalists. The repertory will include medieval, Renaissance, and traditional music. Choose from many tasty musical styles and favors, including motets and songs by […]

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How 15th-c. Composers Transformed the Prosaic into the Sublime

A Musical Trinity: Three Types of Love Songs in One by Adam Gilbert Invoking the time honored trinity of Virgilian styles, the 15th-century theorist and  composer, Johannes Tinctoris, listed three different types of songs: Cantus magnus (“grand song”) referred to the Mass. Cantus mediocris (medium song) referred to the Motet. The third genre, cantus parvus (“little song”), […]

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