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A German Christmas

California Bach Society’s December Concert Spans Four Centuries of Great Music German Christmas music has a long tradition, dating back to medieval times. Early Christmas hymns usually integrated well-known folk melodies with lyrics written by local clergymen, and they were sung in churches, often as choral dialogues, or performed in religious Christmas plays. The oldest […]

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Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen

A Workshop with Karen R. Clark For St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), music was essential to the human being’s health and connection with the Divine. In a letter to the Prelates at Mainz Hildegard wrote, “Remember that singing is our best hope to hear divine harmony again.” On Saturday, December 13, contralto Karen Clark will […]

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Calendar: December 8–14, 2014

Wednesday, December 10 Stanford Baroque Soloists “Viva Vivaldi!” An hour of concerti by the Venetian master, performed by the Stanford Baroque Soloists, Anthony Martin, director 7:30 PM Memorial Church 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University Free admission   Friday, December 12 A Chanticleer Christmas The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant […]

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Calendar: December 1–7, 2014

Tuesday, December 2 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, December 3 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor “A Joyous Christmas: Vivaldi […]

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Calendar: November 17–23, 2014

Wednesday, November 19 Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early winds or early strings. Bring your instrument(s) and music stand. 7:30–9:30 PM Music Room number 060, J.L. Stanford Middle School 480 E. Meadow, Palo Alto 650-591-3648 or mpro-online.org   San Francisco Recorder Society Monthly playing session with guest conductor Letitia Berlin. New […]

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Calendar: November 10–16, 2014

Monday, November 10 San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Corey Jamason and Elisabeth Reed, Directors Conservatory Baroque Ensemble performs arias and ensemble pieces seldom-performed early Mozart operas, including La finta semplice, Bastien und Bastienne, Mitridate, Ascanio in Alba, Lucio Silla, and La finta giardiniera. 8 PM Sol Joseph Recital Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 […]

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MPRO’s December Concert

From Franco-Flemish Love Song to Swedish Children’s Television On Saturday, December 6, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, starting at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature settings of “Farewell my love” by Francisco Guerrero and Josquin des Pres, an arrangement for recorders of the theme […]

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SFEMS Announces 2015 Summer Workshops

SFEMS has just finalized the dates and locations of our 2015 Summer Workshops! There will be a number of changes this year, most notably in our venues. Because of ongoing construction at Sonoma State University, both the Baroque and Medieval-Renaissance workshops are moving, at least for this summer. Baroque will return to Dominican University, fondly […]

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Laudami Ensemble performs Sunday at the CJC

SFEMS’s presenting partnership with the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly The JazzSchool) explores the common threads that link early music and jazz in an intimate, informal setting. The concert series continues this Sunday, November 9, with the Laudami Ensemble. This concert will highlight the lavish ornaments and spirited variations of the French chaconne, one of the […]

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