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2016 Alameda Sing-it-yourself Messiah!

by Gesine Lohr Alameda’s 22nd Annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will be hosted this year by St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut Street (just off the corner of Encinal), Alameda, CA 94501, on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. We will be presenting the Christmas section, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and “Hallelujah Chorus” of George Frideric Handel’s […]

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Schola Cantorum’s 50th-anniversary “Messiah Sing.”

This Time, It’s The Whole Thing Bring your voices and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Schola Cantorum’s sing-along of Handel’s beloved Messiah, Monday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. For this special occasion, all who attend will have the rare opportunity to sing, or listen to, the […]

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La Spiritata to La Mer

MPRO’s December Concert On Sunday, December 11, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, at 2:30 p.m. The program will feature the canzona La Spiritata by Giovanni Gabrieli; three settings of the Renaissance melody Fortuna Desperata; an instrumental arrangement of the popular French song […]

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New Wine in Old Bottles

by Anthony Martin This Saturday, November 19, violinist Anthony Martin and harpsichordist Katherine Heater collaborate on an astonishingly rich and diverse concert of old and new music. Their program will include everything from J.S. and C.P.E. Bach to Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Ligeti! Anthony Martin elaborates on this most adventuresome program. During the past four centuries […]

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Chiesa o Camera?

Burghers & Friars to Mix It Up at SFEMS Season Opener The growth of the San Francisco Early Music Society has been both an expression of and a contributor to America’s growing interest in early music. For the past four decades SFEMS has presented Bay Area audiences the finest examples of what medieval, Renaissance, and […]

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SFEMS Affiliates Help Define Bay Area Early Music Offerings

A look at this week’s Calendar of Early Music shows the central role SFEMS Affiliates play in the Bay Area’s early music scene. The Affiliate Program offers assistance to local and regional organizations that share the Society’s commitment to music for educational purposes, artistic excellence, a historically informed approach, and operation on a not-for-profit basis. […]

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Benefit Concert for First Church Tuesday Evening

As many of our readers know, Berkeley’s First Congregational Church suffered a major fire on the morning of September 30. Pilgrim Hall, site of the church’s offices and assembly rooms, was severely damaged. The sanctuary was less affected but suffered some damage from water and debris and is currently unusable. The congregation will be displaced […]

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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, October 5. Over two dozen were in attendance, including the largest number of community (non-board) members in recent memory. Following some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by […]

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SFEMS Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 5

SFEMS will hold its Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 5, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., at The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. All SFEMS members are cordially invited to attend. Last year’s 40th anniversary season and the 14th biennial Berkeley Festival are achievements worthy of celebration. So come, celebrate, and help shape […]

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Shakespeare, Purcell, and Love

Renowned actor Derek Jacobi stars with actor/director Richard Clifford and the acclaimed early musicians of Washington DC’s Folger Consort in the world premiere performances of Measure + Dido, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s legacy. Presented by NapaShakes and Folger Shakespeare Library, this extraordinary production combines dramatic readings of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure […]

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