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The Glories of Baroque Chamber Music

John Prescott, Ph.D., will present another in his series of early music lecture courses in February—an entirely new series focusing on the varieties of baroque chamber music, from viol consorts to cantatas to suites for solo instruments, trio sonatas, quartets, and more. The course runs Monday through Friday, February 15–19, from 9:30 am to 12:00 […]

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SFEMS Announces 2016 Summer Workshops

SFEMS has just published the dates, locations, and themes for our 2016 Summer Workshops! Perhaps the most important news this year is that, for the first time, all of our workshops will be located conveniently in Oakland and Berkeley. The major change is that our Baroque Workshop will be hosted at Holy Names University in […]

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Flauti Diversi’s Funny Valentine

The new year’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on February 14 with a musical valentine from Flauti Diversi. Flauti Diversi has been presenting early/contemporary chamber music programs for over twenty years. Musical Director Frances Feldon and the group present their third program at the CJC, and the second in which […]

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Hark the Wondrous Music

Winter Collegium to Explore Concerted Vocal Works from Italy, Holland, Germany, and England Baroque music enthusiasts mark your calendars! The SFEMS Baroque Workshop’s Winter Collegium Musicum is coming up at the end of February. The workshop takes place at Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch Street, Hayward on Saturday, February 27, from 9:00 a.m. […]

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California Bach Society: Oratorios and Dialogues

Artistic Director Paul Flight and the California Bach Society present “Oratorios and Dialogues: A Genre Emerges” on February 26–28 in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley. The program of sacred 17th-century music drama features Giacomo Carissimi’s Jonah and the Whale, Le Reniement de Saint Pierre by Carissimi’s pupil Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and Heinrich Schütz’s Weib, was […]

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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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