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Performance and Inspiration

Randy Matamoros reflects on 25 years with SFEMS As the year 2016 nears its end, we are looking back at the experiences of our members, past and present, who have participated in and helped to build SFEMS and the Bay Area’s early music community. Randy Matamoros has been with us for many years as a […]

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Haydn and His Students IX

The New Esterházy Quartet present the 9th episode in their popular “Haydn and His Students” series the weekend of January 6–8, with performances in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Their program will feature Haydn’s Quartet in A, Op. 55, No. 1; Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2; and William Shield’s Quartet […]

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Yes—That Collegium

by Jonathan Harris In her just-published interview, former SFEMS President Priscilla Winslow mentions the vocal-instrumental collegium Ken Johnson gave some 25 years ago, which she and I both attended. Her remembrance inspires me to share this story from that beautiful and, to many of us, quite meaningful day. The workshop was held at the San […]

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Remarkable People and a Capaciousness of Community

Frances Feldon and Priscilla Winslow on a Quarter Century of Early Music We continue our series on the paths that have led us to early music and the role SFEMS has played in our musical development. Frances Feldon and Priscilla Winslow have been involved with SFEMS for over 25 years. Frances, a baroque flutist and […]

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Looking Back at the New, Ahead to the Old

Harvey Malloy Reflects on What Early Music Has Meant and Means As this Berkeley Festival year draws to a close and the Society’s 40th regular concert season continues, we are looking back on the various paths that have led us to early music. Last week we featured an interview with violinist Robert Mealy. This week […]

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O Admirabile Commercium

Robert Mealy Talks About Early Music and SFEMS As the San Francisco Early Music Society enters its fifth decade, anticipating and already planning new projects, we look back on the past 40 year to reflect on how we have created this wonderful enterprise. SFEMS grew out of the shared experiences of a creative group of […]

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Españoleta

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 15, with the return of Flauti Diversi, who will perform an unusual program entitled “Españoleta.” The concert features early music from the Mediterranean: lively 14th-c. Italian medieval dance, Aragonese Renaissance ostinato bass improvisations, tantalizing Arabic tunes, and a complete Galician song […]

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International Potpourri

A German Madrigal, a Spanish Salad and a Norwegian Fjord by Thomas Axworthy The somewhat unusual title of this article also describes a workshop I will be presenting in the San Francisco Bay Area this coming January, and the music featured will truly be an “international potpourri” inspired by a 16th-century Spanish musical genre known […]

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Delicate as a Flute with the Power of Brass

Joining Archetti Baroque Strings for their SFEMS performances the weekend of December 9–11 are two distinguished soloists, soprano Clara Rottsalk and baroque trumpeter Kathryn Adduci. Ms. Rottsalk already is familiar to Bay Area audiences and admired for her appearances with ABS, Magnificat, and with Musica Pacifica on their December 2012 SFEMS concert. Trumpeter Adduci is […]

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Concerti per il Santissimo Natale

Festive Music for Soprano, Trumpet, and Strings The weekend of December 9–11, SFEMS’ holiday concert presents another in our region’s most distinguished early music groups, the dynamic Archetti Baroque String Ensemble. Archetti will be joined by exquisite soprano Clara Rottsolk and virtuoso baroque trumpeter Kathryn Adduci for a festive program of holiday music. Colorful baroque […]

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