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From Old to New

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop directed by Frances Blaker entitled, “From Old to New/An in-depth study of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modern music for recorders focusing on a representative selection from each period.” In the following article she discusses the large body of music available for the […]

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To Love Another

Rodin Brings Renaissance Songs of Love Just in time for Valentine’s Day—our annual tribute to the heart this year reaches back to the 15th century, as SFEMS welcomes Cut Circle, directed by Jesse Rodin. Concerts take place the weekend of February 8–10 in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Founded in 2003 by Rodin, Associate […]

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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 Jevtovic Rosquist , 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 […]

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Tactus Invites Applications for Music Director—Stipend Offered

SFEMS Affiliate Tactus (tactus-sf.org), a 12–16 voice Renaissance chamber chorus in San Francisco, is seeking a Music Director to lead the chorus at weekly rehearsals and three performance weekends per year, including a summer set. The candidate must be available for evening rehearsals on Thursdays and two weekend workshops in San Francisco or the East […]

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Semper Phantasticus!

The SFEMS series resumes the weekend of January 11–13 with a program of middle baroque music performed by the Ars Lyrica Houston Chamber Players. Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; and Matthew Dirst, harpsichord will explore the Stylus phantasticus, that most avant-garde mode of music-making among German composers of the 17th and early […]

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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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