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Magnificat to Reprise Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri

On the weekend of March 18-20, Warren Stewart will lead Magnificat in a program of music by Dieterich Buxtehude. Since Magnificat first performed Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri in 1996, the cycle of seven cantatas has become the composer’s most performed and recorded work. Each of the cantatas is built around three stanzas from the medieval […]

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Ávila: Musicians & Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain

The 2015–2016 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues this Sunday, March 20, with the Euphora Project (Amy Michele White, voice;
 Dominic Schaner, lute/guitar/vihuela) return with a reprise of their program “Ávila: Musicians & Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain.” Amy White & Dominic Schaner Through both new and ancient music, this program explores […]

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Scandals of the Baroque

Infusion Baroque Digs the Dirt Admit it. Everybody loves a good scandal, and one of celebrity’s perks is having your life held up not just for scrutiny, but often for gossip, ridicule, and the schadenfreude of lesser mortals. But why settle for the backbiting, wretched excesses, or even the violent deaths of today’s rock and […]

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Rebels and Rivalries

by Sallynee Amawat (Infusion Baroque) When we reflect on composers of the distant past, our first thought is usually of their music: the glorious strains of a Bach suite, the virtuosity of a Leclair sonata, or the brilliance of Telemann’s concertos. In contrast to the general gossip we hear about popular music and film artists […]

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An Evening of Bach

This week, Berkeley Baroque Strings, directed by Kati Kyme, will be giving two performances at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, on Tuesday, March 1, and Sunday, March 6. The program features the “Cantata” Concerto in D with William Skeen, cello; the Violin Concerto in E with Kati Kyme, violin; Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; the […]

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Salsa Baroque: Music of Latin America and Spain

A unique and infectious musical style developed in colonial Latin America, blending Spanish polyphony and popular music with the colonies’ distinctive, African and Native American rhythms and languages. New musical forms also developed in this cultural melting pot, such as the chacona and pasacalle, which spread first to Spain and Italy, then across Europe, affecting […]

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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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