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Women’s Voices Uplifted

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on January 20 with Vajra Voices (Phoebe Rosquist Jevtovic, Allison Zelles Lloyd, Amy Stuart Hunn, Celeste Winant, and Karen R. Clark, Director) with Shira Kammen, medieval harp & vielle, performing Women’s Voices Uplifted: Explorations in Medieval & Renaissance Song, from Hildegard von Bingen […]

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The Dancing Master

Baroque Dance and J.S. Bach Bay Area historical dance troupe SF Renaissance Dancers and baroque music ensemble Nash Baroque are creating a performance of compositions by J.S. Bach together with 18th-century French dances to reveal how baroque dance influenced Bach’s music. This production, involving a total of 11 artists,will take place over two performances in […]

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Neither from Heaven nor from Earth

The SFEMS concert series continues the weekend of November 30, with the series debut of Cappella SF. The 16-voice choir will perform a program of sacred Renaissance polyphony, featuring works of Josquin des Préz, Gregorio Allegri, François Couperin, and Heinrich Schütz. Cappella SF is a professional chamber choir founded in 2014 by Ragnar Bohlin, Director […]

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California Bach Society’s Buon Natale

November 30–December 2 Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in Italian music for Advent and Christmas: traditional holiday carols and glorious double choir motets by Giovanni Croce and Alessandro Scarlatti, plus Verdi’s chromatic Laudi alla Vergine Maria and Respighi’s beautiful pastoral Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore. The 25-voice chorus is joined by soloists soprano Caroline Jou […]

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Message from the President

What does SFEMS stand for? To hundreds of attendees, SFEMS is a wonderful week playing, singing, and studying at one of Six Summer Workshops, coached by some of early music’s most inspiring artists and interpreters. For thousands of audience members, SFEMS is a wonderfully rich Early Music Concert Series that presents outstanding performances in programs […]

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MPRO Winter Concert—Montpellier to Moderniste

On Saturday, December 8, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present its annual winter concert. The performance will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, starting at 2:00 p.m. The concert is free, and the church is wheelchair accessible. The program will feature a Sonatina by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, an anonymous […]

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Boccherini Meets Zappa at the Jazz Conservatory

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on November 18 with Trio Ignacio (Katherine Heater, harpsichord: Anthony Martin, violin & viola; David Morris, violoncello) performing “Boccherini Meets Zappa.” Listen to solos, duos, and trios composed by a pair of 18th-century Italian cellist-composers, Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Zappa. Though born in […]

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Auditions for 66th Junior Bach Festival Coming in February

Apply Online Now — and Start Practicing! Calling soloists and ensembles—all instruments and voices! The Junior Bach Festival hopes all will be well represented during our 66th year in 2019. Festival auditions will take place in Morrison Hall at UC Berkeley during the weekend of February 2–3, 2019. A panel of professional musicians will judge […]

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Damning With Feints and Praise

Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. And on September 30, Coro Ciconia, directed by Asher Davison, will open the 2018–19 SFEMS-CJC series with a praiseworthy program of works by Machaut, Ciconia, and others. Performers in this a cappella vocal program will be Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen […]

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SFEMS 2018 Annual Meeting

Board and Staff Changes, BFX and Affiliates Reports The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store on Wednesday evening, September 12. After some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by board members, the meeting got underway with President Joyce Hamilton […]

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