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The Lyra Trios of William Lawes and Other Delights in Eights

SFEMS’ collaboration with California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 10, with a concert by gambists Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, and Lynn Tetenbaum. Their program will showcase some of the most unusual and beautful music composed by three of England’s greatest viol composers of the 17th century. King Charles loved the viol, and paid many […]

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A Night in Old Vienna — NOT

Whatever storms El Niño may bring this January, the month is guaranteed to end with with a musical blast as the second half of SFEMS’ regular concert series opens with Quicksilver, led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski. Quicksilver—whose members include Mealy and Andrijeski on violin; Greg Ingles, trombone; Dominic Teresi, dulcian; David Morris, viola […]

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The (Very) First Viennese School

by Julie Andrijeski and Robert Mealy When the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II moved his court to Vienna in 1619, this great Hapsburg city became a thriving international musical scene. Emissaries sought out the best players and composers from all over Italy in an effort to make Ferdinand’s court as cosmopolitan and sophisticated as possible. […]

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Your Part in Magnificat’s Program A great part of early music’s largesse as an art is its accessibility to participants. Many of its strongest enthusiasts and advocates, be they the performers on stage or the audience listening, began their association with early music as amateur musicians, often as singers in a school or church choir. […]

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Advent Music in Leipzig—The Director’s Cut

Recreated Leipzig Liturgy Follows Old Bach’s Handwritten Notes For twenty years, Warren Stewart and Magnificat have been pioneers in performing the great sacred works of the 17th century in their full musical-liturgical context. Whether they are doing Charpentier’s Midnight Mass or Monteverdi’s Vespers, situating these great works in a more complex setting brings their color […]

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The Return of Stile Antico!

No, this isn’t another Steely Dan reunion. This is the real resurrection of a very special SFEMS concert promised in our Season Brochure—an event that once had foundered but once again has been found! Buy Tickets If that introduction seems a bit irreverent, just wait for what Stile Antico—the British vocal ensemble who’ve quickly established […]

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California Bach Society sings Joyeux Noël!

Artistic Director Paul Flight and the 30-voice California Bach Society present “Joyeux Noël!” on December 4–6 in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley.  Our program will span the centuries, from Gregorian chant and a 14th-century mass, to Mouton’s “Noe, noe, psallite” and Charpentier’s charming Christmas noëls, to Berlioz’s evocative “Shepherd’s Farewell,” and to 20th-century Francis Poulenc’s motets […]

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The Floating City: Music of Renaissance Venice

by Greg Ingles Rising majestically out of a northern Mediterranean lagoon, the Italian city of Venice, with its many bridge-covered labyrinthine canals traversed by gondolieri, seems almost mystical. The city itself was at the height of its power in medieval times and continued as an influential economic state through the late Renaissance. One byproduct of […]

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SFEMS Annual Membership Meeting

The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store this past Wednesday evening, November 4. Following some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by Board members, the meeting got underway with president Robert Cole’s State of the Society report. Robert began […]

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Dr. Philippa Kelly to Lecture in Berkeley and San Francisco

Pre-concert Talk at Baltimore Concert Performances SFEMS is delighted to announce that dramaturg and Shakespeare scholar Dr. Philippa Kelly will give a pre-concert talk at the Berkeley and San Francisco performances by the Baltimore Consort on November 21 and 22. Dr. Kelly’s Berkeley talk will begin at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, […]

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