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Calendar: February 23–March 1, 2015

Friday, February 27 American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Conductor Johann Sebastian Bach, St. Matthew Passion. With soloists Wesley Rogers, tenor (Evangelista); William Sharp, baritone (Christus); Hélène Brunet (debut) and Clara Rottsolk, sopranos; Agnes Vojtko, mezzo-soprano (debut); Jay Carter countertenor; Charles Blandy and Derek Chester tenors; Thomas Meglioranza and Joshua Copeland, baritones. 7:30 PM St. Stephen’s Church 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere $27–$66 Tickets, 415-621-7900, info@americanbach.org California Bach Society, Paul Flight, […]

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Margriet Tindemans (1951–2014)

SFEMS joins the early music world in mourning the loss of one of its greatest contributors as well as our dear friend, Margriet Tindemans, who died in Seattle on December 31 of last year. A native of Holland and student of Wieland Kuijken, Margriet was equally at home playing Renaissance or baroque viola da gamba […]

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Calendar: January 5–11, 2015

Tuesday, January 6 Sacramento Recorder Society Regular meeting for recorder players, with guest conductor Jerry Schwartz. Newcomers welcome. Bring recorders, stand, and other early instruments. Music provided. Refreshments. 6:45–9:30 PM Friends Meeting House 890 57th St., between H and J, Sacramento. sacrecorders.wordpress.com Wednesday, January 7 Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early […]

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Calendar: December 29, 2014–January 4, 2015

Friday, January 2 Calextone “Ianuario” Allison Lloyd Zelles, soprano; Shira Kammen, vielle; Tish Berlin and Frances Blaker, recorders, perform a concert of medieval and early Renaissance music celebrating the New Year, including New Year’s songs by Dufay and music from the original Carmina Burana! 7 PM Hillside Community Swedenborgian Church 1422 Navellier St, El Cerrito […]

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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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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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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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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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